The purpose of this study was to compare the performance of a full-length aerospike nozzle with that of a nozzle truncated at 20% of the full nozzle length. Calculations were first performed using a straight ramp, and then simulations using the actual contoured spike geometries were performed.
The results of this research showed that the thrust generated by each nozzle was in fact the same, with an error of a mere 0.2%. The main significance of this finding is that a truncated aerospike nozzle is better for air and spacecraft design because it offers a considerably lighter weight requirement for the same performance.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
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