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Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines Second Edition. NTRS Full-Text: View Document [PDF Size: MB]. Author and Affiliation. In this framework the scope was to design, build and test a prototype. Keywords: small liquid propellant rocket engine, self-pressurization, regenerative cooling. Types of Rocket Propulsion. • Solid Liquid. – Fluid (liquid or gas) propellants stored separately . Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid Propellant. Rocket .
In rocketry a lightweight compromise nozzle is generally used and some reduction in atmospheric performance occurs when used at other than the 'design altitude' or when throttled. To improve on this, various exotic nozzle designs such as the plug nozzle , stepped nozzles , the expanding nozzle and the aerospike have been proposed, each providing some way to adapt to changing ambient air pressure and each allowing the gas to expand further against the nozzle, giving extra thrust at higher altitudes.
When exhausting into a sufficiently low ambient pressure vacuum several issues arise. One is the sheer weight of the nozzle—beyond a certain point, for a particular vehicle, the extra weight of the nozzle outweighs any performance gained. Secondly, as the exhaust gases adiabatically expand within the nozzle they cool, and eventually some of the chemicals can freeze, producing 'snow' within the jet.
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This causes instabilities in the jet and must be avoided. On a de Laval nozzle , exhaust gas flow detachment will occur in a grossly over-expanded nozzle.
As the detachment point will not be uniform around the axis of the engine, a side force may be imparted to the engine. This side force may change over time and result in control problems with the launch vehicle. Advanced altitude-compensating designs, such as the aerospike or plug nozzle , attempt to minimize performance losses by adjusting to varying expansion ratio caused by changing altitude. See also: Specific impulse Typical temperature T , pressure p , and velocity v profiles in a de Laval Nozzle For a rocket engine to be propellant efficient, it is important that the maximum pressures possible be created on the walls of the chamber and nozzle by a specific amount of propellant; as this is the source of the thrust.
This can be achieved by all of: heating the propellant to as high a temperature as possible using a high energy fuel, containing hydrogen and carbon and sometimes metals such as aluminium , or even using nuclear energy using a low specific density gas as hydrogen rich as possible using propellants which are, or decompose to, simple molecules with few degrees of freedom to maximise translational velocity Since all of these things minimise the mass of the propellant used, and since pressure is proportional to the mass of propellant present to be accelerated as it pushes on the engine, and since from Newton's third law the pressure that acts on the engine also reciprocally acts on the propellant, it turns out that for any given engine, the speed that the propellant leaves the chamber is unaffected by the chamber pressure although the thrust is proportional.
However, speed is significantly affected by all three of the above factors and the exhaust speed is an excellent measure of the engine propellant efficiency. This is termed exhaust velocity, and after allowance is made for factors that can reduce it, the effective exhaust velocity is one of the most important parameters of a rocket engine although weight, cost, ease of manufacture etc.
For aerodynamic reasons the flow goes sonic " chokes " at the narrowest part of the nozzle, the 'throat'. Since the speed of sound in gases increases with the square root of temperature, the use of hot exhaust gas greatly improves performance.
Expansion in the rocket nozzle then further multiplies the speed, typically between 1.
The speed increase of a rocket nozzle is mostly determined by its area expansion ratio—the ratio of the area of the throat to the area at the exit, but detailed properties of the gas are also important. Larger ratio nozzles are more massive but are able to extract more heat from the combustion gases, increasing the exhaust velocity.
Main article: Thrust vectoring Vehicles typically require the overall thrust to change direction over the length of the burn.
A number of different ways to achieve this have been flown: The entire engine is mounted on a hinge or gimbal and any propellant feeds reach the engine via low pressure flexible pipes or rotary couplings. Just the combustion chamber and nozzle is gimballed, the pumps are fixed, and high pressure feeds attach to the engine. Multiple engines often canted at slight angles are deployed but throttled to give the overall vector that is required, giving only a very small penalty.
High-temperature vanes protrude into the exhaust and can be tilted to deflect the jet.
Liquid systems enable higher specific impulse than solids and hybrid rocket engines and can provide very high tankage efficiency. Unlike gases, a typical liquid propellant has a density similar to water, approximately 0. For injection into the combustion chamber, the propellant pressure at the injectors needs to be greater than the chamber pressure; this can be achieved with a pump.
Suitable pumps usually use centrifugal turbopumps due to their high power and light weight, although reciprocating pumps have been employed in the past. Indeed, overall rocket engine thrust to weight ratios including a turbopump have been as high as with the SpaceX Merlin 1D rocket engine and up to with the vacuum version  Alternatively, instead of pumps, a heavy tank of a high-pressure inert gas such as helium can be used, and the pump forgone; but the delta-v that the stage can achieve is often much lower due to the extra mass of the tankage, reducing performance; but for high altitude or vacuum use the tankage mass can be acceptable.
The major components of a rocket engine are therefore the combustion chamber thrust chamber , pyrotechnic igniter , propellant feed system, valves, regulators, the propellant tanks, and the rocket engine nozzle. In terms of feeding propellants to the combustion chamber, liquid-propellant engines are either pressure-fed or pump-fed , and pump-fed engines work in either a gas-generator cycle , a staged-combustion cycle , or an expander cycle.
A liquid rocket engine LRE can be tested prior to use, whereas for a solid rocket motor a rigorous quality management must be applied during manufacturing to ensure high reliability. Bipropellant liquid rockets are simple in concept but due to high temperatures and high speed moving parts, very complex in practice.
Use of liquid propellants can be associated with a number of issues: Because the propellant is a very large proportion of the mass of the vehicle, the center of mass shifts significantly rearward as the propellant is used; one will typically lose control of the vehicle if its center mass gets too close to the center of drag.
When operated within an atmosphere, pressurization of the typically very thin-walled propellant tanks must guarantee positive gauge pressure at all times to avoid catastrophic collapse of the tank. Liquid propellants are subject to slosh , which has frequently led to loss of control of the vehicle.
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This can be controlled with slosh baffles in the tanks as well as judicious control laws in the guidance system. They can suffer from pogo oscillation where the rocket suffers from uncommanded cycles of acceleration. Liquid propellants often need ullage motors in zero-gravity or during staging to avoid sucking gas into engines at start up.
They are also subject to vortexing within the tank, particularly towards the end of the burn, which can also result in gas being sucked into the engine or pump. Liquid propellants can leak, especially hydrogen , possibly leading to the formation of an explosive mixture. Turbopumps to pump liquid propellants are complex to design, and can suffer serious failure modes, such as overspeeding if they run dry or shedding fragments at high speed if metal particles from the manufacturing process enter the pump.
Cryogenic propellants , such as liquid oxygen, freeze atmospheric water vapour into ice. This can damage or block seals and valves and can cause leaks and other failures. Avoiding this problem often requires lengthy chilldown procedures which attempt to remove as much of the vapour from the system as possible.
Ice can also form on the outside of the tank, and later fall and damage the vehicle. External foam insulation can cause issues as shown by the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.Ice can also form on the outside of the tank, and later fall and damage the vehicle.
The thermal stresses in the inner wall can be greatly reduced if the inner wall is thin. One is the sheer weight of the nozzle—beyond a certain point, for a particular vehicle, the extra weight of the nozzle outweighs any performance gained.
Appendix C: However the speci c impulse was low around 70 s and the systems were heavy, adding to the inert mass of the vehicle.