Volume 11, 2019Progress in Propulsion Physics – Volume 11
|529 - 542
|08 February 2019
Shallow water experiments to verify a numerical analysis on an aerodynamically thrust-vectored aerospike nozzle
Technische Universität Dresden Institute of Aerospace Engineering Dresden 01062, Germany
Shallow water experiments are predestined for fast and inexpensive experimental examination of two-dimensional (2D) flow phenomena. In this study, the shallow water analogy is used for the verification of a previous numerical analysis of an aerodynamically thrust-vectored aerospike nozzle. Experiments in a shallow water channel were conducted, using a model of an isentropic spike with a 25 percent truncation and two secondary injection sites. A comparison of the flow phenomena, e. g., shock patterns, shows a wide correspondence of experimental and simulation results, thus verifying the simulation approach and encouraging to continue its improvement. Furthermore, it can be shown that secondary fluid injection is a promising method for active thrust vectoring on aerospike thrusters and gives an objective for future applications.
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