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An improved visualization-based force-measurement technique for short-duration hypersonic facilities

Laurence, Stuart J and Karl, Sebastian (2010) An improved visualization-based force-measurement technique for short-duration hypersonic facilities. Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 48 (6), pp. 949-965. Springer Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/s00348-009-0780-9. ISSN 0723-4864 (Print), 1432-1114 (Online).

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Abstract

This article is concerned with describing and exploring the limitations of an improved version of a recently proposed visualization-based technique for the measurement of forces and moments in short-duration hypersonic wind tunnels. The technique is based on tracking the motion of a free-flying body over a sequence of high-speed visualizations; while this idea is not new in itself, the use of high-speed digital cinematography combined with a highly accurate least-squares tracking algorithm allows improved results over what have been previously possible with such techniques. The technique precision is estimated through the analysis of artificially constructed and experimental test images, and the resulting error in acceleration measurements is characterized. For wind-tunnel scale models, position measurements to within a few microns are shown to be readily attainable. Image data from two previous experimental studies in the T5 hypervelocity shock tunnel are then reanalyzed with the improved technique: the uncertainty in the mean drag acceleration is shown to be reduced to the order of the flow unsteadiness, 2%, and time-resolved acceleration measurements are also shown to be possible. The response timeof the technique for the configurations studied is estimated to be 0.5 ms. Comparisons with computations using the DLR TAU code also yield agreement to within the overall experimental uncertainty. Measurement of the pitching moment for blunt geometries still appears challenging, however.

Document Type:Article
Title:An improved visualization-based force-measurement technique for short-duration hypersonic facilities
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Laurence, Stuart Jstuart.laurence@dlr.de
Karl, Sebastiansebastian.karl@dlr.de
Date:2010
Journal or Publication Title:Experiments in Fluids
Refereed publication:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:Vol. 48
DOI:10.1007/s00348-009-0780-9
Page Range:pp. 949-965
Publisher:Springer Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg
ISSN:0723-4864 (Print), 1432-1114 (Online)
Status:Published
Keywords:force measurement, high enthalpy facilities, image tracking, flow visualization
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Raumfahrzeugsysteme - Anlagen u. Messtechnik (old)
Location: Göttingen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology > Spacecraft
Deposited By: Stuart Laurence
Deposited On:23 Mar 2010 13:38
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 20:12

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