Abstract

A conjugate heat transfer analysis will be carried out to simulate an 89 kN thrust chamber hydrogen cooling channel, to determine the feasibility of adding turbulators to the combustion chamber cooling channels at various parameters such as angle, pitch, and height of the turbulator. An existing regeneratively cooled chamber environment is simulated and used as a baseline case to be compared against. The new design includes using ribbed turbulators or delta wedges in the cooling channels to increase the heat transfer on the channel hot wall (wall adjacent to the hot gas wall) and on the two channel sidewalls. With a higher heat transfer coefficient, the sidewalls behave like fins for heat transfer and participate more in the overall heat transfer process in the channel. Efficient rib and wedge geometries are chosen based on previous investigations. A conjugate heat transfer analysis is performed using a straight duct with the rib and wedge geometries included, with boundary conditions similar to those found in the combustion chamber, to provide thermal hydraulic performance data at numerous turbulator configurations. The baseline channel's maximum hot wall temperature is the target maximum hot wall temperature that is desired to be reduced. The goal is to reduce the hot gas side wall temperature at a minimal cost in pressure drop.

Graduation Date

2018

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Kapat, Jayanta

Degree

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)

College

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Program

Mechanical Engineering; Thermo-Fluids

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0007273

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0007160

Language

English

Release Date

August 2018

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

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