Date of Award
Master of Science
Ahsan R. Choudhuri
Most large scale rocket engines use a regeneratively cooled system to cool the rocket engine using either the rocket fuel or oxidizer. The use of liquid methane as a rocket fuel is an emerging technology proving to have several advantages over current rocket fuels. However, liquid methane is lacking the extensive research as a rocket fuel compared to highly used rocket fuels like liquid hydrogen. A heat transfer test rig was built with the goal to characterize the heat transfer characteristics of liquid methane as it passes through a heated channel. The development of the test rig underwent considerations designed to replicate the conditions in a regenerative cooling channel. Experiments were first completed using liquid nitrogen in vacuum resulting in temperature data which show evidence of boiling in the channel causing vapor lock.
Received from ProQuest
Flores, Sergio, "Development of a Heat Transfer Test Rig for Finding Heat Transfer Characteristics of Liquid Methane" (2011). Open Access Theses & Dissertations. 2282.