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Center Innovation Fund: JSC CIF

Multi-Phase Methane Heat Transfer Testing/Modeling for Regenerative Cooling

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This proposal is to conduct a laboratory scale study of regeneratively cooled rocket engine heat transfer using methane.  Measurements will include fluid and wall temperatures through multiple states and phase changes.  Modeling work will produce a regeneratively-cooled engine analytical tool generated and validated with data.   An innovative approach to testing and modeling is required for sub-critical methane boiling fundamental fluid physics.

This proposal will complete testing of existing straight channel test articles with enhanced instrumentation.  Analytical work will focus on upgrades to the in-house modeling tool Regeneratively-Cooled Combustor Equilibrium Tool (RCCET-M) to allow modeling of 2-D heat transfer and dynamic boiling instability.

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