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Performance data of the new free-piston shock tunnel T5 at GALCIT

  • H. Hornung
  • B. Sturtevant
  • J. Bélanger
  • S. Sanderson
  • M. Brouillette
  • M. Jenkins

Abstract

A new free piston shock tunnel has been constructed at the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories at Caltec. Compression tube length is 30 m and diameter 300 mm. Shock tube length is 12 m and diameter 90 mm. Piston mass is 150 kg and maximum diaphragm burst pressure is 130 MPa. Special features of this facility are that the pressure in the driver gas is monitered throughout the compression process until well after diaphragm rupture, and that the diaphragm burst pressure can be measured dynamically. An analysis of initial performance data including transient behavior of the flow over models is presented.

Key words

Hypersonic facility Shock tunnel 

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References

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Hornung
    • 1
  • B. Sturtevant
    • 1
  • J. Bélanger
    • 1
  • S. Sanderson
    • 1
  • M. Brouillette
    • 1
  • M. Jenkins
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate Aeronautical LaboratoriesCalifornia Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.WBM-StalkerAustralia

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