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Title:Preliminary design of a high enthalpy plasma tunnel for atmospheric re-entry research
Author(s):Czop, Matthew Mark
Advisor(s):Panerai, Francesco
Department / Program:Aerospace Engineering
Discipline:Aerospace Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Atmospheric Re-entry
Inductively Coupled Plasma
Thermal Protection System
Material Testing
Abstract:The following thesis discusses the conceptual design of the Plasmatron One wind tunnel at the Center for Hypersonics and Entry Systems Studies (CHESS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). The centerpiece of the facility is an Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) torch capable of recreating flow conditions similar to what reentering spacecraft experience when passing through the atmosphere. The purpose of this facility is to experimentally study the physics of plasma flows, their interactions with a downstream sample of thermal protection material, and the response of the material as it is exposed to high reactive, high-temperature flow. The data collected from the experiments conducted at the facility will be used to verify computer models as well as material performance characteristics. This thesis describes the preliminary design process and its respective considerations as well as the goals of the facility and how they were achieved through various design features.
Issue Date:2021-04-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Matthew Czop
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17
Date Deposited:2021-05

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