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An accelerometer balance system for measurement of aerodynamic force coefficients over blunt bodies in a hypersonic shock tunnel

Sahoo, Niranjan and Mahapatra, DR and Jagadeesh, G and Gopalakrishnan, S and Reddy, KPJ (2003) An accelerometer balance system for measurement of aerodynamic force coefficients over blunt bodies in a hypersonic shock tunnel. In: Measurement Science and Technology, 14 (3). pp. 260-272.

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Abstract

A miniature three-component accelerometer balance system for measuring the fundamental aerodynamic force coefficients over blunt bodies has been designed, fabricated and tested in the Indian Institute of Science hypersonic shock tunnel HST2 at a nominal Mach number of 5.75. The model and the balance system are supported by rubber bushes, thereby ensuring unrestrained free-floating conditions of the model in the test section during the flow duration. Exhaustive axisymmetric finite-element simulations are carried out to select appropriate rubber bushes and materials for the model and the balance system. The internally mountable accelerometer balance is used to measure the drag, lift and pitching moment coefficients for a $60^o$ apex angle blunt cone within the effective tunnel test time of $800\hspace{2mm}{\mu}s$. The measured aerodynamic force coefficients match very well with the theoretical values predicted using modified Newtonian theory at moderate specific enthalpy levels of the test gas.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belogs to Institute of Physics (IOP).
Keywords: Aerodynamic coefficients;Accelerometer balance;Blunt bodies;Hypersonic speeds
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:28
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/7345

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