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Preliminary study of the rate and degree of thermal ionization of argon behind shock waves

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Wong, Howard (1961) Preliminary study of the rate and degree of thermal ionization of argon behind shock waves. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-12222005-102142

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A microwave system (K-band, 24KMC) was designed and assembled to study the degree of ionization in argon as a function of time or distance behind shock waves in a shock tube. The relaxation time for ionization and the attenuation and reflection of the microwave at equilibrium were measured for Mach numbers from 6.19 to 7.74 at [...] of 5mm and 10mm Hg to determine the influence of temperature, density, collision cross-section and impurities. These measurements were complemented with theoretical calculation of microwave absorption and electron density at equilibrium for a Mach number range of 6 to 8 with initial pressures [...] of 1 mm to 10mm Hg. (Sections II, III, IV)

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Jahn, Robert G.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1961
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-12222005-102142
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-12222005-102142
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ID Code:5117
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
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Deposited On:22 Dec 2005
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 03:15

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