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Rocket Nozzle Side-Load Analysis Software

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-33704
Published 2019-02-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
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Lateral nozzle forces are known to cause severe structural damage during testing of any new rocket engine configuration under development. While three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methodology has been demonstrated to describe major side-load physics on rigid nozzles, actual hot-fire tests often show nozzle structure non-rigid flexing behavior during major side-load events. This can lead to structural damage.