Shock Waves

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 377–383 | Cite as

Simulation of Oxford University Gun Tunnel performance using a quasi-one-dimensional model

  • D.R. Buttsworth
  • P.A. Jacobs
  • T.V. Jones
Original article


The performance of the Oxford University Gun Tunnel has been estimated using a quasi-one-dimensional simulation of the facility gas dynamics. The modelling of the actual facility area variations so as to adequately simulate both shock reflection and flow discharge processes has been considered in some detail. Test gas stagnation pressure and temperature histories are compared with measurements at two different operating conditions – one with nitrogen and the other with carbon dioxide as the test gas. It is demonstrated that both the simulated pressures and temperatures are typically within 3% of the experimental measurements.

Key words: Gun tunnel, Impulse facility, CFD, Facility simulation 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • D.R. Buttsworth
    • 1
  • P.A. Jacobs
    • 2
  • T.V. Jones
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba 4350, Australia AU
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia AU
  3. 3.Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, Oxford OX1 3PJ, England GB

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