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The Hypersonic Shock Tube


Yoler, Yusuf Amon (1954) The Hypersonic Shock Tube. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/853G-K555.


The feasibility of using a shock tube for quantitative investigations of hypersonic flow phenomena at temperatures simulating free flight conditions is studied theoretically and experimentally. In the theoretical part, various aspects of the hypersonic shock tube problem are treated in logical order. Methods of producing high Mach numbers, limitations on the test section Mach number, methods of generating strong shock waves, flows with variable specific heats and dissociation, types of problems amenable to study with the hypersonic shock tube are discussed. To verify and supplement some of the theoretical results, a shock tube of a somewhat unconventional design has been built. The bulk of the experimental investigations undertaken to date have dealt with pressure studies using piezoelectric gages, and schlieren studies of the flow, The results obtained so far with flow Mach numbers in excess of six, stagnation temperatures up to 9000[degrees]R and stagnation pressures up to 200 psi, have not only contributed to a much greater understanding of this relatively new field of application of the shock tube, but have indicated a well defined course along Which future investigations will continue.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Aeronautics and Mathematics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Minor Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Nagamatsu, Henry T.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1954
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-02112004-115540
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ID Code:604
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Deposited On:13 Feb 2004
Last Modified:13 Jun 2023 23:48

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