Accession Number:

AD0404980

Title:

A 17-INCH DIAMETER SHOCK TUBE FOR STUDIES IN RAREFIED GASDYNAMICS,

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CALIFORNIA INST OF TECH PASADENA GRADUATE AERONAUTICAL LABS

Report Date:

1962-02-27

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

A shock tube for studying problems in rarefied gasdynamics is described. The motivation for operating at low density to increase the length and time scales of certain interesting flows and the effect of low density on the performance and design of the shock tube are discussed. In order to guarantee uniform and reproducible shock waves of moderate strength, the configuration of the tube is conventional. However, innovations are introduced for example in the suspension, the pumping system, and the diaphragm loading and rupturing mechanism to simplify the operation of the large facility. Care in the design of the tube as a vacuum system has resulted in a leak rate of less than 0.01 micron Hg per hour. A series of shakedown runs at relatively high pressures has shown, for example, that the repro ducibility of a given shock Mach number is 0.6. Author

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE