A Study of the Thermal Environment Developed by a Traveling Slipper at High Velocity

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Le, Kathleen H.
Aerospace Engineering
thesis / dissertation description
The research presented in this thesis is developed from the relative sliding motion of a traveling slipper and stationary rail at the Holloman High Speed Test Track located at Holloman AFB, NM. The high velocity condition of the slipper traveling down the rail creates a thermal environment that is of interest to the researchers at the Air Force Institute of Technology. The high temperatures coupled with high velocity leads to a non-linear problem known as melt wear. The goal of this research is to characterize the amount of heat flow going into the slipper as it traverses the rail and to predict the total melt wear of the slipper.