Consider the isentropic expansion of air from a fixed given reservoir (i.e. total pressure and temperature). Investigate the behaviour of the value of the Reynolds number of the flow, as a function of the Mach Number M of the expanded flow.
For small values of M, the thermodynamic properties of the flow will not deviate signifciantlz from the reservoir conditions, hence Re increases linearly with U and therefore with M.
How do I show that for increasing expansion (i.e. increasing M) the value fo Re will eventually decrease, by investigating the limit behaviour for M>>1. I must emplz the temperature dependence of viscosity using the Power Law.
Sutherlands Constant, S=111 K
Power Law: mu/mu_0=[(T/T_0)][w] , where w=3/2 - T_0/T_0+S
The Attempt at a Solution
Substituting in Power Law,
For different values of M, I can calculate T using the isentropic expansion equation, subsititute that value of T in the equation to calculate mu, and further substitute the Mach number and value of 'mu' in the Reynolds number equation. This can thus give me the distribution of the Reynolds number for different Mach numbers.
However, after plotting what I observe is that the Re continues to linearly increase, which is not what the question states, as I must observe a reduction in the value of Re after Ma=1.