Reliable experimental data, obtained at relatively low cost, are presented in the form of heat-transfer coefficients for air moving at supersonic speeds in a round tube. These data are analyzed, interpreted, and compared with available data in the literature. The experimental local heat-transfer coefficients are for laminar, transitional, and turbulent boundary layers. The data for a laminar boundary layer, comprising 17 runs, are discussed here for Mach numbers at tube inlet of 2.8 and 3.0. The range of values of diameter Reynolds number covered is from 20,000 to 100,000 for these laminar-flow tests, while the length Reynolds number extends to about 4,000,000. The computed quantities are obtained on the basis of a simple one-dimensional flow model, but a companion paper will analyze the same data in greater detail on the basis of a two-dimensional flow model.

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