Supersonic Nozzles

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An open circuit suction subsonic wind tunnel with a working section of 300 mm by 300 mm and 600 mm long. Designed for educational use in universities and colleges.

Laval Nozzle Flow Apparatus (AF27)

A floor standing apparatus to demonstrate the thermodynamics and fluid mechanics of the adiabatic expansion of air through subsonic and supersonic nozzles.

The apparatus connects to TecQuipment’s optional Compressor (AF27a) or a suitable laboratory supply of dry, clean compressed air.

It demonstrates the thermodynamic and fluid properties of the adiabatic expansion of subsonic and supersonic air flow through nozzles.

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Laval Nozzle Flow Apparatus (AF27)

Its floor-standing frame holds:

  • A pressure chest with a removable lid and nozzle traverse mechanism
  • A useful worktop
  • A pressure regulator to maintain the inlet/upstream pressure, with an analogue reference pressure gauge
  • Three interchangeable, profiled and polished brass nozzles with mimics that fit on the traverse mechanism
  • An instrument frame with digital pressure and temperature displays

Students fit a nozzle into the chest (you test one nozzle at a time). Compressed air passes through the pressure regulator and an isolating valve. It then enters the pressure chest and passes vertically down through the nozzle, then through a precision downstream valve. The airflow then settles as it passes along a horizontal pipe, through an orifice and out to atmosphere.

The temperature and pressure displays accurately measure temperatures and pressures at key points around the apparatus, including the pressures around the orifice which students use to determine overall mass flow.

For ease of visibility and for good engineering practice, the analogue gauge also shows pressure in the chest.

A stainless-steel probe on a manually adjustable, vertical traverse measures the pressure distribution along the axis of the nozzle. A digital indicator measures the probe position in the nozzle. The traverse mechanism includes a pointer and a mounting for a ‘mimic’ of each nozzle. The pointer moves along the mimic to help students visualize the position of the probe.

The instrument frame has extra space for the optional VDAS® interface unit. VDAS® allows accurate real-time data capture, monitoring, display, calculation and charting of all the important readings on a suitable computer.

Laval Nozzle Flow Apparatus: Learning Outcomes

  • The relationship between pressure ratio and flow for convergent and convergent/divergent Laval nozzles.
  • The pressure profile in convergent/divergent nozzles at various pressure ratios.
  • Investigation of expansion with friction in a parallel passage at high subsonic velocities.
  • Boundary layer growth under subsonic and supersonic conditions.
  • The phenomenon of choked flow corresponding to sonic velocity at a nozzle throat.

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Air Compressor and Receiver

An air compressor and receiver for use with the AF27 Nozzle Flow Apparatus.

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