DESCRIPTION OF THE 120-INCH HYPERSONIC SHOCK TUNNEL AND ANTICIPATED PERFORMANCE
AIR FORCE AERO PROPULSION LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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A 120-inch hypersonic shock tunnel has been installed in the Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory to provide a capability for testing advanced ramjet engine components and large-scale propulsion systems. The shock tunnel utilizes driver gases that are unheated presently, either hydrogen or helium, pressurized to 30,000 psia, is used as the driver gas. The Tailored interface technique is used to allow for maximum testing time. The facility in its present configuration yields test Mach numbers in the range 18 to 35. Modifications are being made to extend this range to approximately Mach 8 to 10.
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