Development and commissioning of the T6 Stalker Tunnel

Collen, Peter and Doherty, Luke J. and Subiah, Suria D. and Sopek, Tamara and Jahn, Ingo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6962-8187 and Gildfind, David and Geraets, Rowland Penty and Gollan, Rowan and Hambidge, Christopher and Morgan, Richard and McGilvray, Matthew (2021) Development and commissioning of the T6 Stalker Tunnel. Experiments in Fluids, 62:225. pp. 1-24. ISSN 0723-4864

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Abstract

The T6 Stalker Tunnel is a multi-mode, high-enthalpy, transient ground test facility. It is the first of its type in the UK. The facility combines the original free-piston driver from the T3 Shock Tunnel with modified barrels from the Oxford Gun Tunnel. Depending on test requirements, it can operate as a shock tube, reflected shock tunnel or expansion tube. Commissioning tests of the free-piston driver are discussed, including the development of four baseline driver conditions using piston masses of either 36 kg or 89 kg. Experimental data are presented for each operating mode, with comparison made to numerical simulations. In general, high-quality test flows are observed. The calculated enthalpy range of the experimental conditions achieved varies from 2.7 MJ kg−1 to 115.0 MJ kg−1.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2022 01:29
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 03:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commissioning test; Expansion tubes; Free piston; Ground test facilities; Gun tunnel; Multimodes; Reflected shocks; Shock tunnel; Test requirements; Tunnel tubes
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4001 Aerospace engineering > 400106 Hypersonic propulsion and hypersonic aerothermodynamics
40 ENGINEERING > 4012 Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering > 401204 Computational methods in fluid flow, heat and mass transfer (incl. computational fluid dynamics)
40 ENGINEERING > 4012 Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering > 401205 Experimental methods in fluid flow, heat and mass transfer
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00348-021-03298-1
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/50495

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