Improving the mach number capabilities of arc driven shock tubes

J. A. Johnson, J. Santiago, I. Lin

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New systematatic trends in one of the performance parameters of pressure loaded arc driven shock tubes have been determined. For a given configuration, the Mach number increases with the cube root of capacitor energy; however, the initial driver gas pressure is relatively unimportant. A qualitative model based on the assumption of Joule-preheating by the arc discharge is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1430-1431
Number of pages2
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1980


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