Volume 1, 2009Progress in Propulsion Physics
|Page(s)||253 - 266|
|Section||Fluid/Structure Interactions in Space/Launch Vehicles|
|Published online||16 September 2011|
Propellant behavior in launcher tanks: an overview of the compere program
The paper gives an overview of the French-German research program COMPERE which is dedicated to the behavior of propellant in launcher tanks. The work logic follows the different flight phases of a launcher, i.e., the propulsive phase, engine shut-down, the ballistic phase, and the preparation of engine restart. Some examples of typical fluid motion are given for each flight phase. Performed benchmark tests are described and a sounding rocket experiment SOURCE planned for 2008 is mentioned.
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