Potential Application of Magnetohydrodynamic Acceleration to Hypersonic Environmental Testing
Final rept. 1 Mar 1988-31 Dec 1989
ARNOLD ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT CENTER ARNOLD AFB TN
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This investigation reviews the technical results from previous MHD accelerator research and conducts a theoretical analysis of the simulation capabilities of an MHD-augmented hypersonic flow facility. This investigation identified the performance potential of MHD accelerator and hot gas generator combinations subject to reasonable constraints from available technology. The performance goal was to extend the hypersonic flight simulation limits from Mach 10 to Mach 25. The results of this investigation identified the critical technology issues which must be addressed in the design of an MHD-driven hypersonic test facility.
- Fluid Mechanics
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics