Performance characteristics of a glow discharge shock tube
Sustek, Alvin John
Wierum, Frederick A.
Master of Science
A glow discharge shock tube was designed and constructed in the present plasma facility in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Materials Science, for the purpose of making a future experimental investigation of nonequilibrium corner expansion flows of dissociated oxygen. The theories of high frequency induction heating and chemiluminescent reaction are reviewed and simple shock tube theory is presented. Certain performance characteristics pertinent to the future application of the glow discharge shock tube (GDST) were examined. Among those presented are plasma initiation and stability, the character of the glow discharge, and shock speed and attenuation.