Shock Tunnel

A hypervelocity wind tunnel in which a shock wave generated in a shock tube ruptures a second diaphragm in the throat of a nozzle at the end of a tube. Gases emerge from the nozzle over the model in the test chamber and into a vacuum dump tank.

Speeds achieved in a shock tunnel typically range from Mach 6 to 25.


See also: Expansion Tube Tunnel, Hypervelocity, Wind Tunnel.

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Subjects: Aerodynamics