Cold tests and the dynamic characteristics of the pintle type solid rocket motor

Hyun Ko, Ji Hyung Lee, Hong Bin Chang, Woong Sup Yoon

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Dynamic characteristics of a pintle-perturbed conical nozzle are studied theoretically, experimentally, and numerically under the condition of constant mass flow rate. Conventional one-dimensional nozzle theory in conjunction with a two-dimensional axi-symmetric flow solver calculates the internal flow parameters in the nozzle equipped with the pintle. The commercial flow solver is used based on the strongly-coupled flow equation system which is closed with one-, or two-equation turbulence models. Theoretical and numerical flow parameters are properly validated by the experiments. For the dynamic characteristics of the pintle nozzle, performance variations are examined in terms of the free volume size, the pintle actuating speed and pintle geometries. The dynamic characteristics of the pintle-perturbed nozzle largely depend on the mass flow rate through the nozzle throat which is a strong function of the reduced throat area and chamber pressure. It also depends on the pintle activation because the nozzle throat and the chamber pressure change with the extent of the pintle displacement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint PropulsionConference
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint PropulsionConference - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 2013 Jul 142013 Jul 17

Publication series

Name49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference


Other49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint PropulsionConference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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