Experimental Studies of Conical Aerospike Nozzles

Verma, SB and Mathur, NB (2007) Experimental Studies of Conical Aerospike Nozzles. Project Report. National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore.

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    This document reports the experimental results of the flow development processes in conical aerospike nozzles in the base flow facility at NAL. Two configurations, namely full-length and 60% truncated spike, were chosen. Further the effect of cowl-length on each case was studied for different freestream conditions. The performance of teh various nozzle configuration was estimated using wall pressure measurements on the spike. Under static tests, the performance of the nozzle is found to be very sensitive to cowl-length variation, especially at higher NPR. However, under free stream conditions, the effect of cowl-length variation is not seen to be significant. Truncating the full-length spike does not change the performance of the nozzle under "open-wake" condition. But under "closed-wake" conditions, the performance is significantly affected. Results suggest that adding base bleed to the truncated base can help improve the nozzle performance under "closed-wake" regime. The benefits of such a concept can go in improving the payload capacity of the launch vehicle or RLV.

    Item Type: Proj.Doc/Technical Report (Project Report)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Aerospike nozzle, Thrust coefficient, Open-wake regime, Closed-wake regime
    Subjects: AERONAUTICS > Aeronautics (General)
    Division/Department: Experimental Aerodynamics Division, Experimental Aerodynamics Division
    Depositing User: Smt Bhagya Rekha KA
    Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2011 11:25
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2011 11:25
    URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/9848

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