A LINEARIZED ANALYSIS OF THE PRESSURE WAVES IN A TANK UNDERGOING AN ACCELERATION.
BOEING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH LABS SEATTLE WASH
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The rapid acceleration experienced by a rocket with a high thrust to weight ratio influences the rate of flow through the nozzle, thereby altering the thrust. To obtain some insight into the effects of acceleration on fluid flows, the linearized equations for the one-dimensional flow in a closed tank are solved for the acceleration prescribed as a known function of time. The wave pattern is described in detail for the flow induced by an instantaneous con stant acceleration beginning at time. Author