Shock Tube and High Pressure Combustion Lab
Description of Research:
Co-directed by Professor R. L. Burton, Professor H. Krier, and Professor N. G. Glumac. The lab employs a 15m shock tube to compress oxidizer to 3000 K, thereby igniting 20-micron metal and boron particles. Particles being studied are boron, aluminum, magnesium, and alloys of these metals combusting in oxygen and water vapor. A second particle ignition experiment uses a 1.5 liter, 50,000 psi combustion bomb, with optical diagnostics to study particle ignition at near steady-state conditions. A third experiment studies particle ignition using a windowed flow reactor and a solid propellant ignition source.