Well, a couple of things.July 5 2012 at 2:44 PM
Steve in NC (Login pneuguy)
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Response to Question about the "Valve Ineffectiveness Chart"....
1. The basic idea behind "Sonic Horizon" was, due to the fundamental limit imposed by the speed of sound on the speed of propagation of pressure change, it makes no difference to the acceleration of the pellet whether the valve closes or remains open after the pellet crosses the "Horizon," because the pressure change created by the valve closing (or not) can't reach the pellet before it departs from the muzzle. In other words, the only gas that can contribute to accelerating the pellet in the example MV = 850fps case, is the gas occupying the first 33% of the bore. That is to say, 33% of the volume of the bore.
2. When air expands in an airgun, the expansion is so rapid that no significant heat has time to transfer from the walls of the bore etc. to the air. That is to say, the expansion is (to a good approximation) adiabatic. Under that condition, pressure isn't inversely proportional to volume, but (because air is effectively a diatomic gas) to volume raised to the 1.4 power. Therefore, for example, doubling volume wouldn't reduce pressure by factor of 2, but by 21.4 = 2.64.