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Aerodynamic Studies in the Shock Tube


Rabinowicz, Josef (1957) Aerodynamic Studies in the Shock Tube. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/MXH9-5H80.


NOTE: Text or symbols not renderable in plain ASCII are indicated by [...]. Abstract is included in .pdf document. In order to utilize the shock tube for quantitative investigations of some aerodynamic problems a thin platinum film resistance thermometer was developed for heat transfer rate measurements. The present report describes the construction and calibration of the heat transfer gage. Since the experimental technique presents a major problem this investigation has been carried out in the straight section of the shock tube where the flow conditions are well defined and readily measured. These flow conditions were calculated utilizing the most recent NBS data on air properties at high temperatures. The flow conditions were also measured utilizing the heat transfer gage and, several independent experimental techniques, and good agreement was found with the equilibrium flow calculations after an initial period of 30 - 50 [...]sec. Measurements of the heat transfer rate at the forward stagnation point and on the circumference of a circular cylinder are reported and compared with the theoretical calculations of L. Lees. A method for deduction of surface pressure distribution from the laminar boundary-layer heat transfer data is also presented.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Aeronautics and Physics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Minor Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Lees, Lester
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1957
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-09152004-142813
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ID Code:3546
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Deposited On:15 Sep 2004
Last Modified:12 Oct 2023 18:26

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