Mathematical simulation of coolant flow in the cooling channel of a liquid rocket engine combustion chamber featuring an extremely high degree of ribbing
The paper presents a computational analysis of coolant distribution in the cooling channel of a liquid rocket engine combustion chamber, performed in order to develop a set of practical guidelines towards increasing efficiency of a cooling system featuring an extremely high degree of ribbing. We created a three-dimensional mathematical model comprising a closed system of hydrodynamic equations as well as initial and boundary conditions for an element of the liquid rocket engine chamber we modelled, the chamber featuring longitudinal cooling channel arrangement manufactured via additive technology. We computed velocity and pressure fields in characteristic cooling channel regions for various levels of coolant mass flow rate, which confirmed the feasibility of the layout proposed in terms of uniform coolant distribution in the cooling channel of the liquid rocket engine modelled. We obtained the friction loss ξ as a function of coolant mass flow rate and particle size of the powder used in the additive technology to manufacture the combustion chamber wall and cooling channel.
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