Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Environmental Science and Engineering


Ahsan Choudhuri


The heat transfer effects on liquid methane are investigated with the use of a carbo-thermal rig at the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR) located at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The cSETR carbo-thermal rig design approach is presented along with the design of a methane condensing mobile unit (MCMU) to supply the laboratory and rig with liquid methane. The proposed research will generate useful insight in to heat transfer coefficient behavior, non-dimensional correlations, different flow conditions, varied inlet conditions, and varied heat flux for a subscale test article applicable to a regenerative cooled rocket engine cooling channel. The data found will also improve the knowledge base for liquid methane and non-toxic propulsion. Planned test parameters are from 1.03 to 2.07 MPa (150 to 300 psi) supply tank pressure, and 3.9 to 19 MW/m^2 (2.39 to 11.6 Btu/in2-s). Presented are transient and steady state heat transfer response results depicting transient and steady state heat transfer effects tested at turbulent Reynolds numbers (15000 to 360000).




Received from ProQuest

File Size

87 pages

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Rights Holder

Chance Paul Garcia