Development and commissioning of the T6 Stalker Tunnel

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Collen, Peter, Doherty, Luke J., Subiah, Suria D., Sopek, Tamara, Jahn, Ingo, Gildfind, David, Geraets, Rowland Penty, Gollan, Rowan, Hambidge, Christopher, Morgan, Richard and McGilvray, Matthew. 2021. "Development and commissioning of the T6 Stalker Tunnel." Experiments in Fluids: experimental methods and their applications to fluid flow. 62, pp. 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00348-021-03298-1
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Development and commissioning of the T6 Stalker Tunnel

ERA Journal ID1289
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCollen, Peter (Author), Doherty, Luke J. (Author), Subiah, Suria D. (Author), Sopek, Tamara (Author), Jahn, Ingo (Author), Gildfind, David (Author), Geraets, Rowland Penty (Author), Gollan, Rowan (Author), Hambidge, Christopher (Author), Morgan, Richard (Author) and McGilvray, Matthew (Author)
Journal TitleExperiments in Fluids: experimental methods and their applications to fluid flow
Journal Citation62, pp. 1-24
Article Number225
Number of Pages24
Year2021
Place of PublicationGermany
ISSN0723-4864
1432-1114
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s00348-021-03298-1
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00348-021-03298-1
Abstract

The T6 Stalker Tunnel is a multi-mode, high-enthalpy, transient ground test facility. It is the first of its type in the UK. The facility combines the original free-piston driver from the T3 Shock Tunnel with modified barrels from the Oxford Gun Tunnel. Depending on test requirements, it can operate as a shock tube, reflected shock tunnel or expansion tube. Commissioning tests of the free-piston driver are discussed, including the development of four baseline driver conditions using piston masses of either 36 kg or 89 kg. Experimental data are presented for each operating mode, with comparison made to numerical simulations. In general, high-quality test flows are observed. The calculated enthalpy range of the experimental conditions achieved varies from 2.7 MJ kg−1 to 115.0 MJ kg−1.

KeywordsCommissioning test; Expansion tubes; Free piston; Ground test facilities; Gun tunnel; Multimodes; Reflected shocks; Shock tunnel; Test requirements; Tunnel tubes
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020400106. Hypersonic propulsion and hypersonic aerothermodynamics
401204. Computational methods in fluid flow, heat and mass transfer (incl. computational fluid dynamics)
401205. Experimental methods in fluid flow, heat and mass transfer
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Oxford, United Kingdom
University of Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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