A Simplified Design Approach for High-Speed Wind Tunnels. Part I: Table of Iclination
Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology 2020
Ali Arshad, S. Samarasinghe, F.A.M. Akeel, Aleksandrs Urbahs

This study aims to develop a simplified approach for the design of high-speed wind tunnels, operating within the range of Mach 1-4. The study is conducted in two stages; design stage-I consists of the basic parts of a high-speed wind tunnel, i.e. test section and nozzle throat sizes along with the calculations of the minimum pressure ratios necessary for the starting and running of the wind tunnel. Design stage-II is the aerodynamic design of the inlet nozzle contour with the focus on the divergent nozzle section only. In this stage, the fundamental method of characteristics (MOC) is employed by using region-to-region solution approach. Due to the long and complicated procedure of classical MOC, a simpler approach of “table of inclination” is proposed. This inclination table approach is simple in use, highly precise, and efficient which reduces more than 75 % of the calculation time of the MOC. Validation of the nozzle contour design is performed with the Area-Mach ratio relation followed by the results verification obtained from the MATLAB programming. The contour design results of the study are highly accurate (less than 1 % error) which manifests the future possible significance of the inclination table approach for supersonic wind tunnel designs

Aerodynamic design Divergent nozzle contour, Method of characteristics, Supersonic wind tunnel, Table of inclination

Arshad, A., Samarasinghe, S., Akeel, F., Urbahs, A. A Simplified Design Approach for High-Speed Wind Tunnels. Part I: Table of Iclination. Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, 2020, Vol. 34, No. 6, pp.2455-2468. ISSN 1738-494X. Available from: doi:10.1007/s12206-020-0521-9

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