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Shock waev? Isentropic reduction of velocity?

  1. Apr 27, 2008 #1
    Hi all.
    We are to compare the effect of a shock wave, that is the irreversibilities associated.
    We have comptued that the upstream and downstream velocities of a shock wave are 1029 m/s and 266.8 m/s respectively.
    The upstream pressure and temperature is 105kPa and 290K.
    What question proceed to ask that what would be the pressure if the velocity had been reduced isentropically from the initial velocity to that behind the shock.

    How would you compute it?
    I use the continuity equation to work out the ratio between upstream and downstream densities.
    Then use the isentropic relation p/(roll^gamma)=constant to compute the pressure. But it turns out I am wrong.

    Can anyone help? And also tell me why I am wrong? Thanks.
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  3. Apr 28, 2008 #2
    please kindly help
  4. Apr 28, 2008 #3
    Just use Bernoulli
  5. Apr 28, 2008 #4


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    Not sure if I understand your question, but it sounds like you need use the Rankine-Hugoniot Relation.



    Hope that helps.

  6. Apr 28, 2008 #5
    Sorry flow is compressible so Bernoulli does not apply I believe.
  7. Apr 29, 2008 #6
    You know the velocities up and downstream, and you know the upstream temperature, therefore you can find the Mach number upstream. Then you need to use the http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/isentrop.html" [Broken] to find the stagnation temperature upstream.

    You can then use the http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/normal.html" [Broken] to find the temperature downstream.

    Then by using the definition of the Mach number you can find the Mach number you can find the Mach number downstream of the shock.


    For the isentropic case you can assume that there is no change in the stagnation pressure, so you can use your upstream conditions to find the stagnation pressure, using the same isentropic relations given above. Then by using the downstream Mach number and the stagnation pressure you can use the isentropic relations to find your dynamic pressure.
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  8. Apr 29, 2008 #7
    Hello! Coincidentally, I have used this method this morning before reading your reply.
    When i calculate the temperature downstream, I will need to know the Mach number downstream, which is not known as a prior, right? (Though I know the downstream velocity, the downstream speed of sound, which depends on the downstream Temperature is not yet known). That mean the temperature appear twice in the equation (I express the Mach number as velocity/sqrt(gamma*R*T)and it seems to be that the temperature can be solve only numerically....

    Am i going right?
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  9. Apr 29, 2008 #8
    This is where you need the normal shock relations. The normal shock relations will give you the ratio of T_2/T_1. So you can find T_2, then find Mach number downstream.
  10. Apr 29, 2008 #9
    You are referring T_1 and T_2 as the stagnation temperature and the temperature downstream, right? When using the normal shock relation to find T_2,

    T_1/T_2=1+(gamma-1)/2*M^2, but M depends on T_2, which is not known. So, I need to solve for T_2, is it? I just realize that this is a quadratic equation only, which does that need numerical method to solve it. Am I thinking the same as you?
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  11. Apr 29, 2008 #10

    I was referring to T_1 as the upstream temperature and T_2 as the downstream temperature.

    I think you are slightly confused here. What I am telling you is that you can find T_2 by using the normal shock relations. The equation you have written above relates the dynamic temperature, stagnation temperature, and Mach number for an isentropic flow. So it is valid on either side of the shock wave but not across it.

    The relation which is attached shows the dynamic temperature ratio across a normal shock wave as a function of the incoming Mach number and gamma. Using this, you are able to use T_1, Ma_1, and gamma to find T_2. This will give you all the information you need to solve your problem.

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  12. Apr 29, 2008 #11
    In oder to calculate the dynamic pressure in the isentropic case, we need to know the downstream temperature after going through the isentropic process to determine the downstream Mach no, then apply the isentropic flow relation I wote, right?

    But the downstrean temperature, T_2, computed using the normal shock relation (went through a not-isentropic process) cannot be utilized as the downstream temperature that go through an isentropic process, isn't it? I suspect there will be some difference?
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  13. Apr 30, 2008 #12
    Ok since I kinda send you the wrong place at first I will help better this time.

    Shock or no shock the total temperature remains constant just from first thermo law principles so

    T0 = T (1 + (y-1)/2 M^2), therefore To = T (1 + (y-1)/2 * V^2/(RyT))

    thus the Mach number initially is M = 3.0149

    T0 = 290 * (1 + (1.4-1)/2 * 1290^2/(286.9 * 1.4 * 290) = 817.23 K

    the next problem is to find the Mach number after slowing down the air isentropically

    817.23 = t * (1 + (y-1)/2 * V^2/(R * y * T)

    Solve for T gives: T = 781.79

    he Mach number after slow down can now easily be found to be V/(286.9 * 1.4 * 781.79)

    M2 = 0.476

    Now the nice thing about isentropic flow is that the total pressure remains constant too.

    thus Po = P1 * (1 + (y-1)/2 * M1^2)^y/(y-1)

    therefore Po = 3944.63 kPa

    3944.63 = P2 * (1 + (y-1)/2 * M2^2)^y/(y-1)

    Solve for P2, P2 = 3377.6 kPa

    Does this result make sense?

    Note that implicit problems are just simply solved using the "solve" function on my Voyage 200/Ti89 If you don't have a calculator that can do this you might want to buy one that can.
  14. Apr 30, 2008 #13
    Do you mean if I got some stagnation temperature To and we have a flow, which has a downstream velocity of V.

    The downstream temperature will be the same, no matter whether there is a shock wave between the upstream and downstream position? That's sounds quite counter-intuitive to me...
  15. Apr 30, 2008 #14
    Ah...I just realize that the temperature relation is just another statement of the first law...which as you said, applies to isentropic or not-isentropic cases......

    So, I think in both cases, the downstream tempearture wil be the same.

    If the temperature in both cases are the same, the problem can be explicit.

    Having an upstream Mach no, we can compute the Mach number after a shock, M2=V2/(gamma*R*T). (There is a relation between the Mach no before and after the shock, isn't it?)

    Now that this T is same as the case in isentropic flow, the Mach number downstream will be the same, right? So, the implicit equation for determining downstream pressure can be avoided, isn't it?
  16. Apr 30, 2008 #15
    No not the T but T0 which is the total temperature the static temperature is significantly different.

    So To is just a bookkeeping method for your energy in a flow and does not change unless work is done by/on the fluid (for instance in a turbine/compressor). Or when heat is added/subtracted to/from the flow.

    So even through a shock the To remains the same. T changes significantly

    Now when the flow is also isentropic, i.e. No shock! the Po remains the same too. based on those principles I solved your problem above and this should be correct.

    The Mach number downstream is simply calculated with the velocity you gave me 266.9 and the total temperature. Like I showed you. Again don't use the normal shock relations in the isentropic case since there is none!
  17. Apr 30, 2008 #16
    the next problem is to find the Mach number after slowing down the air isentropically

    817.23 = t * (1 + (y-1)/2 * V^2/(R * y * T)

    Solve for T gives: T = 781.79

    T should be "t" here, right? The downstream temperature.

    By the way, why the total pressure will be the same when the process is isentropic...?
  18. May 1, 2008 #17
    I gave you the Mach number it is M2 = 0.476.

    Usually with these problems you want to find the Mach numbers first since most realtions are given as a function of Mach number and gamma
  19. May 2, 2008 #18
    In your calculation
    "817.23 = t * (1 + (y-1)/2 * V^2/(R * y * T)

    Solve for T gives: T = 781.79"

    should it be
    "817.23 = t * (1 + (y-1)/2 * V^2/(R * y * t)

    Solve for t gives: t = 781.79" ?

    since we do not know the downstream temperature t yet.
  20. May 2, 2008 #19
    Yes t and T are the same here it is just a typo!
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