Controlled turbulence as a design criterion for electric discharge convection lasers
Aunchman, Leman John, Jr.
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The thesis is primarily concerned with the application of controlled turbulence to electric discharge convection lasers (EDCLs). A preliminary design of a closed-cycle, EDCL system has been accomplished. Experimental investigations into the mechanisms of turbulent flow and its stabilization of gaseous, electric discharges were made. Spectral distribution, velocity profile, and power consumption data taken in a discharge region are presented. Turbulence was generated by various screens or combination of screens in an attempt to further understand the phenomena involved.