A review of inlet planar total pressure waves has been accomplished by the SAE S-16 Committee. The review was conducted to determine the feasibility of developing a consensus methodology that can account for the effect of planar waves on inlet/engine compatibility. The elements of the review included a problem assessment to define the scope and severity of the problem, a discussion of possible approaches to defining a methodology that can relate planar waves to engine response, conclusions, and recommendations. This paper discusses the major findings of the committee effort.

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