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Physical Mechanics Laboratory Workshops

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Physical Mechanics Laboratory Workshops

Eduard Son
Joint Institute for High Temperature RAS


Physical Mechanics represents a part of fluid mechanics and plasma, which focuses on the physical principles of mechanics at high temperatures and pressures. The flow of liquids, gases and plasma is described by a continuum in which at high temperatures new phenomena and processes arise – chemical reactions, plasma which consists of electrons, positive and negative charged ions, which lead to the possibility of electric currents and the appearance of conductivity, absorption of electromagnetic waves, influence of magnetic and electrical fields to gas or plasma flow and radiation becomes significant. Education in the field of fluid dynamics especially at high temperatures impossible without experimental research. The tools used for gas and liquids flow nowdays are essentially modified due to achievements in Experimental Fluid Dynamics. In this part of Physical Mechanics the laboratory workshops for students of BS level from 2 to 4th year of teaching are presented. They start from simple workshops for students of 2nd year and finish complex research for 4th year students. The field of Laboratory Workshops cover compressible Fluid Dynamics, shock waves, steady flows, laminar and turbulent flows, Boundary Layer problems, Hydrodynamic Instabilities, Nonequiolibrium flows, study of Gas Dynamic Lasers, Research of Thermodynamics and Transport properties of dense gas and plasma, turbulent flows, combustions and detonation, radiative phenomena study, Multiphase flows, Electron Beam plasma, Glow and Arc Discharges, Plasmatrones and others. The different spectrum of experimental tools are used in the Laboratory workshops starting from classical Pitot pipe, Thermocouples to modern Laser Doppler Velicimeters, PIV, Thermovision and other devices, The Laboratory Workshop will be useful for students. Professors and research staff working in the field of High Temperature Fluid Dynamics and related subjects. The Laboratory Workshop in Physical Mechanics was developed and continue developing at the Department of Physical Mechanics at the Aerophysics and Space Research School of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) for the Bachelor Degree "Applied Mathematics and Physics." A full course of Physical Mechanics includes theoretical course, seminars, laboratory workshop and mathematical numerical simulation, which consists of 3 volumes, publishing by Begell House.

Table of contents:

1. Measurement of Flame Temperature by the Spectral-Line Reversal Method
1.1. Introduction
1.2. Some Information on Radiation
1.3. Emission and Absorption of Real Media
1.4. Optical Methods of Measuring the Temperature of Real Media
1.5. Description of the Laboratory Work
1.5.1. Assignment to carry out the experimental part of the work
1.5.2. Assignment to process experimental data
1.5.3. Control questions
1.6. Technical Characteristics of the LOP-72 Optical Pyrometer. Construction of the Pyrometer. Order of Performing the Work
1.7. Gas Dynamic Parameters
1.8. Radiative Properties of Metals
1.9. References
2. Probe Methods of Plasma Research
2.1. Diagnostics of the Electric Parameters of Plasma
2.2. The Purpose of the Work
2.3. Current-Voltage Characteristic of a Single Probe
2.4. The Range of Validity of the Probe Methods
2.5. The Theory of a Single Electric Probe
2.6. The Theory of Double Electric Probe
2.7. Experimental Part of the Work
2.7.1. Assignment to carry out the laboratory work
2.7.2. Description of the setup
2.7.3. Carrying out measurements with the aid of a single probe
2.7.4. Carrying out measurements with the aid of a double probe
2.7.5. Processing of the data of the laboratory work
2.8. A Criterion of Space Charge Layer Formation at Great Negative Probe Potentials
2.9. Determination of the Plasma Potential from Measurements of the Floating Potential
2.10. Measurement of the Energy Distribution Function
2.11. The Theory of Electron Current in the Case of a Thick Space Layer
2.12. Determination of the Electron Temperature
2.13. Conclusions
2.14. Control Questions
2.15. References
3. Study of a Glow Discharge in Helium
3.1. Introduction
3.2. Qualitative Description of a Glow Discharge
3.3. Assignment to Carry out Laboratory Work
3.3.1. Processing of data
3.3.2. Comparison between theory and experiment
3.4. Elementary Theory of the Cathode Part of the Glow Discharge
3.5. Positive Column of a Glow Discharge
3.6. Nonequilibrium State of a Weakly Ionized Plasma
3.7. References
4. Study of the Oscillations of a Fluid in a Channel
4.1. Purpose of the Work
4.2. Experimental Technique
4.2.1. Experimental setup
4.2.2. Probe of the fluid level displacement
4.2.3. Specifications
4.2.4. Determination of the spectral components of oscillations
4.3. Measurement Technique
4.4. Assignment
4.5. Elements of the Theory of Oscillations and Waves in a Fluid
4.5.1. General relations
4.5.2. Linearization of equations
4.5.3. Natural oscillations of a liquid
4.6. Reference
5. Determination of the Reynolds Number in Transition to Turbulence in a Boundary Layer
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Justification of the Experimental Technique
5.3. Description of the Experimental Setup
5.4. Guidelines for Carrying out the Work
5.5. Elements of the Boundary Layer Theory
5.6. Boundary Layer Thickness on a Flat Plate
5.7. Inferences of the Linear Theory of Hydrodynamic Stability for a Boundary Layer on a Flat Plate
5.8. Control Questions
5.9. References
6. Laminar Liquid Flow Over the Starting Length of a Plane Channel
6.1. Purpose of the Work
6.2. The Procedure of Measuring Flow Velocity
6.3. Principle of Doppler Signal Processing by a 55α90 Counter
6.4. Experimental Setup
6.5. Operational Procedure for the Setup
6.6. Operating Controls of the 55α90 Block
6.7. Operational Procedure for a 55α90 Counter
6.8. Assignment
6.9. Laminar Flow Development in a Plane Channel
6.10. References
7. Investigation of a Laminar Boundary Layer on a Plate by a Doppler Laser Velocimeter
7.1. Elements of the Theory of the Doppler Laser Method of Velocity Measuring
7.2. Assignment
7.3. Elements of the Theory of a Boundary Layer on a Flat Plate
7.4. References
8. Methods of Generation and Registration of Shock Waves
8.1. The Purpose of the Work
8.2. Briefly on the Processes Occurring in Starting of Sock Tubes
8.3. Operation of a Shock Tube with the Cross Section Constant along the Length
8.4. ST-2 Shock Tube
8.4.1. General description
8.4.2. Pneumatic diagram of the setup
8.4.3. Methods of measuring the shock wave parameters and instrumentation
8.4.4. System of optical recording of a shock wave
8.4.5. Interferometer
8.4.6. High-speed photographic recorder
8.4.7. Lighting source and synchronization block
8.5. Assignment
8.6. Calculation of the Shock Wave Intensity for a Shock Tube of Variable Cross Section
8.7. References
9. Study of the Characteristics of the Ballistic Installation
9.1. Introduction
9.2. Ballistic Installation
9.3. Estimation of the Shell Velocity
9.4. Assignment
9.5. Basic Relations for Unsteady Gas Flows
9.6. References
10. Investigation of the Supersonic Rarefied Gas Flow
10.1. Introduction
10.2. Generation of the Rarefied Gas Flow
10.3. Investigation of the Rarefied Gas Flow Parameters by a Pitot Tube
10.4. Measuring Instruments and Experimental Technique
10.5. Assignment
10.6. Elements of the Boundary-Layer Theory
10.7. Velocity and Temperature Jumps at a Wall in a Slip Gas Flow
10.8. References
11. Structure of a Shock Wave in a Low-Density Gas Flow Past a Cylinder
11.1. Introduction
11.2. Application of a Free-Molecular Thermal Probe to Investigate the Flow Field Near a Cylinder Immersed in a Transverse Flow
11.3. Application of a Glow Discharge to Visualize the Flow Pattern
11.4. Assignment
11.5. Structure of a Shock Wave
11.6. Shock Wave Withdrawal
11.7. References
12. Study of the Regimes of Gas Outflow from a Laval Nozzle
12.1. Introduction
12.2. One-Dimensional Theory of the Supersonic Nozzle
12.3. Gas Outflow with Overexpansion
12.4. Gas Outflow with Underexpansion
12.5. Experimental Setup
12.6. Experimental Procedure
12.7. References
13. Determination of the Time of the Vibrational Relaxation of CO2
13.1. Introduction
13.2. Determination of the Time of the VT Relaxation of the Deformation Mode of CO2
13.3. Description of the Setup
13.4. The Order of Performing the Work
13.5. Processing of Results
13.6. Checking Questions
13.7. Vibrational Relaxation of Molecules (the Landau–Teller Theory)
13.8. Entropy Increment in the Process of Retardation and Vibrational Relaxation of a Flow
13.9. References
14. Atmospheric-Vacuum Supersonic Wind Tunnel
14.1. The Bernoulli–St. Venant Equation
14.2. Measurement of the Reduced Flow Velocity or of the M Number
14.3. Principles of Calculation of the Atmospheric-Vacuum Supersonic Wind Tunnel
14.4. Arrangement of the ST-4 Wind Tunnel
14.5. The Order of the Start-up and Shut-down of the Wind Tunnel
14.6. Study of Flow in the Laval Nozzle
14.6.1. Static pressure along the nozzle length
14.6.2. Nonuniformity of the profiles of gasdynamic quantities at the nozzle cut
14.7. Study of Some Characteristics of the Wind Tunnel
14.7.1. Flow field in the working chamber
14.7.2. Compression degree and time of wind tunnel operation
14.8. Assignment
14.8.1. Operational procedure
14.8.2. Students’ report structure
14.9. Notation
14.10. References
15. Supersonic Flow Past a Plate
15.1. Supersonic Flow past a Plate
15.2. Assignment
15.3. Elements of Gas Dynamics
15.3.1. Oblique shocks
15.3.2. The Prandtl–Mayer flow
15.4. References
16. Measurement of Averaged And Pulsation Characteristics of a Turbulent Flow by a Constant Temperature Anemometer
16.1. Aim of the Work
16.2. Brief Information on Turbulent Motion
16.3. Thermoanemometric Method
16.4. Measurement of Average and Pulsation Velocities in a Flow
16.5. Instrumentation
16.6. Description of the Laboratory Setup
16.7. Order of the Fulfillment of the Work
16.8. Representation of Results
16.9. References
17. Investigation of a Free Turbulent Jet
17.1. Aim of the Work
17.2. Some Information on Turbulent Flows
17.3. Scheme and Basic Laws Governing the Development of a Free Turbulent Jet
17.4. Description of the Laboratory Setup and of the System of Measurements
17.5. The Order of the Fulfillment of the Work
17.6. Processing of the Results of Experiments and Drawing up of the Laboratory Work
17.7. Appendix
17.8. References
18. Generation of a Low-Temperature Plasma by Electric-Arc Plasmatrons
18.1. Introduction
18.2. General Information on Arc Discharges and Plasmatrons
18.3. Construction of the DCP-2 Plasmatron
18.4. Methods of Measuring the Plasmatron Characteristics
18.4.1. Measurement of the arc current and voltage
18.4.2. Measurement of the working substance flow rate
18.4.3. Measurement of the cooling liquid flow rate
18.4.4. Measurement of the heating of water
18.4.5. Measurement of pressure in the working chamber
18.4.6. Measurement of heat flows
18.4.7. Measurement of the plasmatron characteristics
18.5. Instructions for Carrying out the Work and Assignment
18.5.1. Order of the fulfillment of the work
18.5.2. Program of the experimental part of the laboratory work
18.5.3. Assignment
18.6. The Thermophysical Properties of Helium
18.8. Checking Questions
18.9. References
19. Interaction of Concentrated Electron Beams with a Solid Body
19.1. Introduction
19.2. Production of Electron Beams
19.3. Experimental Setup and Procedures
19.4. Subject-Matter of the Work
19.5. Checking Questions
19.6. Interaction of Electron Beams with a Substance
19.6.1. Elastic collisions
19.6.2. Inelastic collisions
19.6.3. Thermal effect of electrons on solid bodies
19.7. Calculation of Electron Beam Trajectories
19.8. Calculation of the Concentration of Secondary Electrons in a Residual Gas
19.9. Neutralization of the Electron Beam Space Charge
19.10. Electron Beam Scattering
19.11. Inelastic Energy Losses by Electrons and Electron Beam Stopping Range
19.12. References
20. Hydrodynamic Stability of the Rotational Couette Flow
20.1. Aim of the Work
20.2. Brief Information on the Cylindrical Couette Flow
20.3. Laboratory Setup
20.4. Assignment
20.5. The Order of the Fulfillment of the Work
20.6. Processing of Results
20.7. Checking Questions
20.8. Stationary Distribution of Velocities in the Couette Flow
20.9. Stability of Motion of an Inviscid Fluid
20.10. Stability of Motion of a Viscous Fluid
20.11. Stability of the Couette Flow for a Narrow Gap
20.12. The stability of the Couette Flow for a Gap of Finite Thickness
20.13. References
21. Measurement of the Temperature of Heavy Particles in a Gas Discharge by the Radiation Spectrum of the Second Positive System of N2
21.1. The Aim of the Work
21.2. Temperature and Temperature-Measurement Methods
21.2.1.Temperature measurement by contact methods
21.2.2. Optical methods of the measurement of temperature
21.2.3. Spectral methods of the measurement of temperature
21.3. Experimental Setup
21.3.1. Means of creation and sustainment of a glow discharge
21.3.2. Diagnostic part
21.4. Processing of Experimental Data
21.5. Checking Questions
21.6. Determination of Gas Temperature from the Radiation Intensity Distribution in the Electronic-Vibrational-Rotational Bands of Molecular Transitions
21.6.1. Introduction to the theory of molecular spectra
21.6.2. Designations of the electronic terms of diatomic molecules
21.6.3. Measurement of the rotational temperature from the relative intensity of the rotational structure of the electronic-vibrational spectrum
21.6.4. Relationship between rotational and translational temperatures
21.6.5. Structure and principal characteristics of a glow discharge
21.7. References
22. Propagation of Sound Waves in a Microbubble Medium
22.1. Aim of the Work
22.2. Experimental Procedure
22.2.1. Experimental setup
22.2.2. A set of devices for measuring the speed of sound in a heterogeneous medium
22.2.3. A set of devices for creating a micorbubble medium
22.2.4. Technical characteristics
22.2.5. Determination of the speed of sound and of volumetric gas content
22.3. Measurement Procedure
22.4. Assignment
22.5. Elements of the Theory of Propagation of Sonic Waves in a Heterogeneous Medium
22.6. References