Single stage rocket performance: Prediction and test

Thomas P. Gielda, T. Mark Walter, Ramesh K. Agarwal

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An explicit three-dimensional, finite-volume Navier-Stokes solver with finite-rate H2/air combustion kinetics has been developed and calibrated to accurately and efficiently compute installed engine performance for complete single-stage-rocket (SSR) configurations. The Navier-Stokes formulation directly couples the global fluid dynamic, species continuity and transport equations for turbulent kinetic energy and dissipation resulting in increased solution robustness and accuracy. Comparisons of predicted and measured installed performance quantities are made for an SSR plug-nozzle configuration. Pretest installed performance predictions for embedded bell-nozzle vehicles are also included.

Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1992
EventAIAA Space Programs and Technologies Conference, 1992 - Huntsville, United States
Duration: Mar 24 1992Mar 27 1992


ConferenceAIAA Space Programs and Technologies Conference, 1992
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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