Driver Condition Development for High-Enthalpy Operation of the X3 Expansion Tube
At the University of Queensland (UQ), there are two expansion tubes, X2 and the larger X3. In the past years, there have been many experimental campaigns investigating radiation in high-enthalpy flows in X2. X3 has not been used for similar experiments, although it is larger, it has been undergoing an extended period of upgrades and development, including a new lightweight piston and reservoir extension. This paper reports the progress made in developing high-enthalpy operation in X3 that will be used for future high-enthalpy experimental campaigns.
The authors wish to thank Mr. F. De Beurs and Mr. N. Duncan for technical support; The Australian Research Council for support and funding; The Queensland Smart State Research Facilities Fund 2005 for support and funding; The Australian Space Research Program and the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship for support and funding.
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