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Laser light scattering diagnostic for measurement of flow velocity in vicinity of propagating shock waves

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2 Author(s)
Seasholtz, R.G. ; NASA Glenn Res. Center, Cleveland, OH, USA ; Buggele, A.E.

A laser light scattering diagnostic for measurement of dynamic flow velocity at a point is described. The instrument is being developed for use in the study of propagating shock waves and detonation waves in pulse detonation engines under development at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC). The approach uses a Fabry-Perot interferometer to measure the Doppler shift of laser light scattered from small (submicron) particles in the flow. The high-speed detection system required to resolve the transient response as a shock wave crosses the probe volume uses fast response photodetectors and a PC based data acquisition system. Preliminary results of measurements made in the GRC Mach 4, 10×25 cm supersonic wind tunnel are presented. Spontaneous condensation of water vapor in the flow is used as seed. The tunnel is supplied with continuous air flow at up to 45 psia; the flow is exhausted into the GRC laboratory-wide altitude exhaust system at pressures down to 0.3 psia

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Instrumentation in Aerospace Simulation Facilities, 2001. 19th International Congress on ICIASF 2001

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Aug 2001