Volume 11, 2019Progress in Propulsion Physics – Volume 11
|Page(s)||317 - 346|
|Published online||08 February 2019|
Consequences of modeling demands on numerical rocket thrust chamber flow simulation tools
Airbus DS GmbH Munich 81663, Germany
Numerical simulation of liquid rocket thrust chamber flows is a challenging task which requires a comprehensive tool validation strategy encompassing laboratory- to full-scale test cases. While the former are widely used as the first step to verify advanced numerical schemes and thermochemical models, the latter can often no more be simulated in a reasonable time frame due to the extreme computational effort necessitated by the enlarged dimensions and configurational changes. Conclusions drawn from tools with such limitations are only of little help for a thrust chamber designer and, hence, ill-posed to adequately tackle the simulation challenges of such a device. This paper discusses the modeling demands for numerical thrust chamber flow simulation tools and outlines the indispensable validation approach from laboratory- via subto full-scale configurations using consistent model features throughout the test cases. Consequences of this obligation are exposed to drive the tool setup. Exemplarily, the Airbus DS thrust chamber flow simulation philosophy is presented.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2019
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