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The 3ft x 4ft High Supersonic Speed Tunnel

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The 3ft x 4ft High Supersonic Speed Tunnel


This tunnel can be said to have carried on where the 8ft x 8ft Tunnel left off, in that it covered a Mach number range from 2.5 to 5.0.or five times the speed of sound. The electrical power required to drive the 88,000hp compressors amounted to 66 Megawatts. Following the success of the Supersonic Transport Aircraft [Concorde], consideration was given to the prospects for a Mach 5 transport. The availability of the tunnel was a necessary precursor and a dedicated team of scientists was set up to pursue a programme of research. The work produced a theoretical methodology for the design of a practical aircraft. The aerodynamic concept of the design was that the aircraft rode on the shockwave generated by its nose geometry and accordingly the name “Waverider” was coined to describe it. Other work undertaken in the tunnel concerned military munitions and the study of propulsion systems for hypersonic vehicles.
 

The Working Section of the 3ft x 4ft Tunnel

A Waverider Transport Aircraft Design





 





 

 

 

This page last updated - 18/06/2013

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