Engine systems analysis results of the Space Shuttle Main Engine redesigned powerhead initial engine level testingEngineers regularly analyze SSME ground test and flight data with respect to engine systems performance. Recently, a redesigned SSME powerhead was introduced to engine-level testing in part to increase engine operational margins through optimization of the engine internal environment. This paper presents an overview of the MSFC personnel engine systems analysis results and conclusions reached from initial engine level testing of the redesigned powerhead, and further redesigns incorporated to eliminate accelerated main injector baffle and main combustion chamber hot gas wall degradation. The conclusions are drawn from instrumented engine ground test data and hardware integrity analysis reports and address initial engine test results with respect to the apparent design change effects on engine system and component operation.
Sander, Erik J. (Martin Marietta Manned Space Systems; NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Gosdin, Dennis R. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)