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1995

Aerospace Engineering

Hypersonic boundary layer

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An Experimental Investigation Of Wall Cooling Effects On Hypersonic Boundary Layer Stability In A Quiet Wind Tunnel, Alan E. Blanchard Oct 1995

An Experimental Investigation Of Wall Cooling Effects On Hypersonic Boundary Layer Stability In A Quiet Wind Tunnel, Alan E. Blanchard

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Theses & Dissertations

One of the primary reasons for developing quiet tunnels is for the investigation of high-speed boundary-layer stability and transition phenomena without the transition-promoting effects of acoustic radiation from tunnel walls. In this experiment, a flared-cone model under adiabatic- and cooled-wall conditions was placed in a calibrated, 'quiet' Mach 6 flow and the stability of the boundary layer was investigated using a prototype constant-voltage anemometer. The results were compared with linear-stability theory predictions and good agreement was found in the prediction of second-mode frequencies and growth. In addition, the same 'N=10' criterion used to predict boundary-layer transition in subsonic, transonic ...