Numerical Exploration of Solid Rocket Motor Blast Tube Flow Field
The blast tube flowfield of a solid rocket motor is explored numerically by solving 3-D RANS equations with SST Turbulence model using a commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software CFX-10. Parametric studies are carried out to find out the effect of the blast tube diameter on the total pressure loss in the rocket motor. It is observed that the total pressure loss in the rocket motor is less than 4 per cent and the blast tube is contributing less than 1 per cent. It is also found out that higher the blast tube diameter, the lesser the drop in the total pressure. Blast tube geometry is not found to contribute significantly in the overall thrust and specific impulse in the rocket motor.
Defence Science Journal, 2013, 63(6), pp.616-621, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.63.5763
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