Ludwieg tunnel facility with free piston compression heating for supersonic and hypersonic testing

Buttsworth, David R. (2010) Ludwieg tunnel facility with free piston compression heating for supersonic and hypersonic testing. In: 9th Australian Space Science Conference, 28-30 Sept 2009, Sydney, Australia.


A new wind tunnel facility located at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba has been constructed for supersonic and hypersonic experiments. The facility differs from other hypersonic test facilities in Australia in that it produces cold flows for relatively long test times. For hypersonic experiments, the Ludwieg tube would normally be
used with free piston compression heating. However, the facility can also be configured for an atmospheric pressure, blow-down mode of operation suitable for some supersonic flow experiments. Examples of experiments in flows produced using the Mach 2, Mach 4.5, and Mach 6 contoured nozzles are presented.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: National Space Society of Australia Ltd.
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Assoc Prof David Buttsworth
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 07:06
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 05:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: supersonic, hypersonic, ground testing, Ludwieg tube
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090101 Aerodynamics (excl. Hypersonic Aerodynamics)
09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090107 Hypersonic Propulsion and Hypersonic Aerodynamics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8803 Aerospace Transport > 880305 Space Transport

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