Accession Number:

ADP006045

Title:

A Survey of Existing Hypersonic Ground Test Facilities-North America,

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Corporate Author:

CALSPAN CORP BUFFALO NY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

In the past several years there has been a significant increase in the number of programs involving hypersonic vehicles, resulting in a resurgance of interest in experimental testing in hypersonic wind tunnels. Unfortunately, there are far fewer such facilities operating now than there were 10 or 15 years ago. The primary purpose of this paper is to survey the current status of hypersonic wind tunnels in North America and to describe their performance characteristics. As a part of this survey a comparison is drawn to the number and type of hypersonic wind tunnels that were active in the 1960s and 1970s relative to the current situation. Emphasis is placed on hypersonic aerodynamic and aerothermal testing and related areas. In surveying the hypersonic wind tunnels that are active in North America, all but one are located in the USA. There is a gun tunnel in Canada that will be reactivated this year.

Subject Categories:

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE