Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Bridges, David H.

Committee Member

Thompson, David S.

Committee Member

Koenig, Keith

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


This document describes the design of a supersonic and a subsonic test section for a high enthalpy wind tunnel. A streamline is tracked through a supersonic test section using the method of characteristics. The specifics of the design program and the design techniques are illustrated for the supersonic section. The section of the paper dealing with the subsonic nozzle has a greatly diverse nature. This section details the inlet and exhaust restrictions and construction elements for the entire low speed system. The system is currently being set up for testing with the subsonic section, and the supersonic will eventually follow.