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Design Considerations For A Compact Table Top Hypersonic Simulator Of Aero-Optic Effects
Author(s): Rodney L. Clark; D. A. Kalin; S. C. Chan; S. M. Lawson
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Paper Abstract

Renewed interest in hypersonic flight has generated a requirement to validate optical sensor performance in the hypersonic environment. In this paper, the flight aero-optic environment is examined and the mixing layer is determined to be the largest aero-optic contributor. The paper then examines how this mixing layer can be reproduced in a ground test facility. Teledyne Brown has developed and constructed a compact hypersonic aero-optic simulator which properly scales the mixing layer. This small simulator is designed to emulate the significant aero-optic features of the hypersonic window coolant mixing layer present in current interceptor designs. Through careful selection of gas supply conditions and species, this experiment is capable of reproducing the most significant aero-optic effects of the flight environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 September 1989
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1112, Window and Dome Technologies and Materials, (11 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960795
Show Author Affiliations
Rodney L. Clark, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
D. A. Kalin, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
S. C. Chan, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
S. M. Lawson, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1112:
Window and Dome Technologies and Materials
Paul Klocek, Editor(s)

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