Performance analysis of an infinite array linear clustered plug nozzle

M. Geron, R. Paciorri, F. Nasuti, F. Sabetta

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The effects of module shape, module design, three dimensional flow field generated by modules, and partition of primary nozzle on the performance of an infinite array linear clustered plug nozzle are discussed. The module shape is a critical element for nozzle performance and the partition of the primary nozzle with round-to square modules causes a vacuum thrust reduction with respect to two-dimensional model. The performance analysis of different module configuration allows weighing separately the role of clustering and the role of module design. In operating conditions characterized by turned off modules the performance loss is larger, but the difference due to the module shape are smaller and mostly due to the module contribution. The performance of the plug nozzle can be improved by module design, which reduces the module exit flow nonuniformity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-249
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Propulsion and Power
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2007

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