An ultra-high pressure, ultra-high Reynolds number blowdown wind tunnel - Design and preliminary experiments Conference Paper uri icon


  • A novel blowdown wind tunnel facility has been built and experiments are being performed to study transport properties of supersonic boundary layers at stagnation pressures up to 30000 psi (200 MPa) and unit Reynolds numbers up to 1010/m. This study is motivated by the need for survivable throats and nozzles in hypersonic testing facilities and in particular, the radiatively driven hypersonic wind tunnel concept. The facility design is described, and preliminary results are presented and compared with predictions for stagnation pressures of 2200,5000, and 10000 psi. © 2000 by Princeton University.

author list (cited authors)

  • Raman, K. S., Anderson, R. W., Brown, G. L., Miles, R. B., & Costantino, M.
  • Raman, K., Anderson, R., Brown, G., Miles, R., & Costantino, M.

publication date

  • January 2000