A compact shock-assisted free-piston driver for impulse facilities

Kendall, MA, Morgan, RG and Jacobs, PA (1997) A compact shock-assisted free-piston driver for impulse facilities. Shock Waves, 7 4: 219-230. doi:10.1007/s001930050078

Author Kendall, MA
Morgan, RG
Jacobs, PA
Title A compact shock-assisted free-piston driver for impulse facilities
Journal name Shock Waves   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0938-1287
Publication date 1997
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s001930050078
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 219
End page 230
Total pages 12
Language eng
Abstract A free-piston driver that employs entropy-raising shock processes with diaphragm rupture has been constructed, which promises significant theoretical advantages over isentropic compression. Results from a range of conditions with helium and argon driver gases are reported. Significant performance gains were achieved in some test cases. Heat losses are shown to have a strong effect on driver processes. Measurements compare well with predictions from a quasi-one-dimensional numerical code.
Keyword Mechanics
Free-piston Driver
Impulse Facility
Shock Waves
Heat Transfer
Hypervelocity Flow
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering Publications
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