Active Standard ASTM E637 | Developed by Subcommittee: E21.08

**Book of Standards Volume:** 15.03

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**Significance and Use**

The purpose of this test method is to provide a standard calculation of the stagnation enthalpy of an aerodynamic simulation device using the heat transfer theory and measured values of stagnation point heat transfer and pressure. A stagnation enthalpy obtained by this test method gives a consistent set of data, along with heat transfer and stagnation pressure for ablation computations.

**1. Scope**

1.1 This test method covers the calculation from heat transfer theory of the stagnation enthalpy from experimental measurements of the stagnation-point heat transfer and stagnation pressure.

1.2 Advantages:

1.2.1 A value of stagnation enthalpy can be obtained at the location in the stream where the model is tested. This value gives a consistent set of data, along with heat transfer and stagnation pressure, for ablation computations.

1.2.2 This computation of stagnation enthalpy does not require the measurement of any arc heater parameters.

1.3 Limitations and Considerations—There are many factors that may contribute to an error using this type of approach to calculate stagnation enthalpy, including:

1.3.1 Turbulence—The turbulence generated by adding energy to the stream may cause deviation from the laminar equilibrium heat transfer theory.

1.3.2 Equilibrium, Nonequilibrium, or Frozen State of Gas—The reaction rates and expansions may be such that the gas is far from thermodynamic equilibrium.

1.3.3 Noncatalytic Effects—The surface recombination rates and the characteristics of the metallic calorimeter may give a heat transfer deviation from the equilibrium theory.

1.3.4 Free Electric Currents—The arc-heated gas stream may have free electric currents that will contribute to measured experimental heat transfer rates.

1.3.5 Nonuniform Pressure Profile—A nonuniform pressure profile in the region of the stream at the point of the heat transfer measurement could distort the stagnation point velocity gradient.

1.3.6 Mach Number Effects—The nondimensional stagnation-point velocity gradient is a function of the Mach number. In addition, the Mach number is a function of enthalpy and pressure such that an iterative process is necessary.

1.3.7 Model Shape—The nondimensional stagnation-point velocity gradient is a function of model shape.

1.3.8 Radiation Effects—The hot gas stream may contribute a radiative component to the heat transfer rate.

1.3.9 Heat Transfer Rate Measurement—An error may be made in the heat transfer measurement (see Method E469 and Test Methods E422, E457, E459, and E511).

1.3.10 Contamination—The electrode material may be of a large enough percentage of the mass flow rate to contribute to the heat transfer rate measurement.

1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

1.4.1 Exception—The values given in parentheses are for information only.

1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

**2. Referenced Documents** *(purchase separately)* The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

**ASTM Standards**

E341 Practice for Measuring Plasma Arc Gas Enthalpy by Energy Balance

E422 Test Method for Measuring Heat Flux Using a Water-Cooled Calorimeter

E457 Test Method for Measuring Heat-Transfer Rate Using a Thermal Capacitance (Slug) Calorimeter

E459 Test Method for Measuring Heat Transfer Rate Using a Thin-Skin Calorimeter

E469 Measuring Heat Flux Using a Multiple-Wafer Calorimeter

E470 Measuring Gas Enthalpy Using Calorimeter Probes

E511 Test Method for Measuring Heat Flux Using a Copper-Constantan Circular Foil, Heat-Flux Transducer

**ICS Code**

ICS Number Code 17.200.10 (Heat. Calorimetry)

**UNSPSC Code**

UNSPSC Code

**DOI:** 10.1520/E0637-05R11

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