DESIGN, INSTRUMENTATION AND PERFORMANCE OF THE UTIAS 4-IN.X 7-IN. HYPERSONIC SHOCK TUBE
TORONTO UNIV DOWNSVIEW (ONTARIO) INST FOR AEROSPACE STUDIES
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A detailed account is presented of the research and development, design, calibration, and performance of the UTIAS 4-in.x 7-in. Hypersonic Shock Tube, which is used as a modern aerophysical research facility for dissociated and ionized gas flows. The component design and construction features, operating and control systems, safety features, and the diaphragm techniques employed, are described. The instrumentation for monitoring tube performance and operation is also discussed. The operating characteristics, including theoretical and observed performance, are presented. An account of various problems which arose during the development and operation of this very large facility, and the corrective measures taken, is included.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods