Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Aerospike; CFD; CubeSats; Nozzle; Plug; Satellites

Abstract

"The cold-gas propulsion system being developed by M-SAT requires improvements to its original nozzle design. This study documents the research, design, and analysis of a supersonic plug nozzle concept that could be integrated to the refrigerant-based cold-gas propulsion system to possibly improve its performance. As documented in this thesis, CFD analysis showed that the outlined nozzle design method resulted in a feasible nozzle concept that has the ability to out-perform a conventional nozzle of the same area ratio. The flow-fields and thrust of the aerospike nozzle, for the full and truncated nozzles, were investigated. The purpose of this study is to investigate other rocket nozzles that might have the ability to improve performance of a propulsion system without a large penalty on vehicle mass or cost. Based on the information presented in this thesis, university-based satellite teams can manipulate the inputs of the design and analysis methods to investigate the use of an aerospike nozzle design concept to meet their design goals"--Abstract, page iii.

Advisor(s)

Pernicka, Hank

Committee Member(s)

Riggins, David W.
Rovey, Joshua L.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2016

Pagination

xi, 134 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 131-133).

Rights

© Abdalla Ali Bani

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Propellants -- Design -- Analysis
Artificial satellites -- Propulsion systems
Cold gases
Refrigerants

Thesis Number

T 11011

Electronic OCLC #

974715363

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