Stagnation temperature measurements in the USQ hypersonic wind tunnel

Widodo, A. S. and Buttsworth, D. R. (2010) Stagnation temperature measurements in the USQ hypersonic wind tunnel. In: 17th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference (AFMC 2010), 5-9 Dec 2010, Auckland, New Zealand.

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A thermocouple probe with a heated shield has been used to measure stagnation temperature at the nozzle exit of the University of Southern Queensland hypersonic wind tunnel. The thermocouple probe consisted of a welded junction T-type thermocouple mounted within a heated tube with a vent hole downstream of the junction. Pressure transducers within the barrel of the wind tunnel have also been used to obtain the pressure history during the free piston compression process. The pressure measurements have been used to provide a theoretical value for the flow stagnation temperature for direct comparison with the thermocouple measurements. Assuming isentropic compression of the test gas, the flow stagnation temperature would be about 571 K for the current operating condition. After applying a response-time correction for the thermocouple signals, a stagnation temperature value of about 495 K was obtained from the measurements. The measured stagnation temperature of the test gas is somewhat lower than the isentropic value because of heat loss from the test gas to the barrel during the test gas compression and discharge process.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 04:42
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: hypersonic flow; temperature measurement
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090199 Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090107 Hypersonic Propulsion and Hypersonic Aerodynamics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1038/190778a0

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