Rocket Nozzle Side-Load Analysis Software
- Magazine Article
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.