Russell, David Allison (1961) Studies of the effects of cross-sectional area change and boundary-layer growth on shock-wave motion. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-11212003-155010
Three problems concerned with the motion of a shock wave are discussed. The first is an analytical and experimental study of the performance of a shock tube with area change near the diaphragm. Interesting results of this section are the development of a simple shock-speed control through the use of area change, and the fact that a spread-out dissipation region was shown to exist for a configuration where a non-stationary secondary shock wave was originally expected. A general discussion of the use of this type of area change is also included.
The second problem is a study of the effects of boundary-layer growth on the motion of a shock wave. A simple theory for predicting the attenuation of a shock wave on entering an upstream-facing tube is developed from the analysis of Spence and Woods. When simple laminar boundary-layer approximations are applied, the theory shows good agreement with measurements.
The final problem is an experimental study of the motion of a shock wave downstream of a finite-length area contraction. Normalized results are presented which show that the shock wave emerges from the area change at a speed close to the "linearized" theory value, and is then attenuated by second-order disturbances until it reaches the speed predicted for the steady-state configuration. The results are presented in a form which is shown to be insensitive to both the incident shock Mach number and the amount of the area reduction.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))|
|Degree Grantor:||California Institute of Technology|
|Division:||Engineering and Applied Science|
|Thesis Availability:||Public (worldwide access)|
|Defense Date:||1 January 1961|
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|Deposited On:||21 Nov 2003|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2012 03:10|
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