Date of Award

Spring 1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Chemistry & Biochemistry


Physical Chemistry

Committee Director

Kenneth G. Brown

Committee Member

John Van Norman

Committee Member

George Wood

Committee Member

Robert Ake

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C45 B75


A mass spectrometric method for analyzing flow past and through an effusive inlet designed for use on the tethered satellite and other entering vehicles is discussed. Source stream concentrations of species in a gaseous mixture are determined using a calibration of measured mass spectral intensities versus source stream pressure for standard gas mixtures and pure gases. Concentrations are shown to be accurate within experimental error. Theoretical explanations for observed mass discrimination effects as they relate to the various flow situations in the effusive inlet and the experimental apparatus are discussed.


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