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Plume base flow simulation technologyA combined analytical/empirical approach was studied in an effort to define the plume simulation parameters for base flow. For design purposes, rocket exhaust simulation (i.e., plume simulation) is determined by wind tunnel testing. Cold gas testing was concluded to be a cost and schedule effective data base of substantial scope. The results fell short of the target, although work conducted was conclusive and advanced the state of the art. Comparisons of wind tunnel predictions with Space Transportation System (STS) flight data showed considerable differences. However, a review of the technology program data base has yielded an additional parameter that may correlate flight and cold gas test data. Data from the plume technology program and the NASA test flights are presented to substantiate the proposed simulation parameters.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Roberts, B. B.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Wallace, R. O.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Sims, J. L.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1983
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Langley Research Center Shuttle Performance: Lessons Learned, Part 1
Subject Category
Space Transportation
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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