ROCKET ENGINE JET BLAST ATTENUATION IN WATER.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MISS
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The investigation was conducted to determine the feasibility of launching missiles and superboosters from overwater sites. Information is needed to predict the depth of liquid-propellant rocket engine exhaust gas penetration into water. Methods will be required to minimize the depth of blast penetration and the upward splash of water. Since these large vehicles will generate high levels of noise during static test firing or lift-off, some method of noise suppression is desired in order to control possible harmful conditions for working personnel and to limit the size of the required test or launch area. Overwater blast tests with small-scale rocket engines of 250-, 500-, and 1000-lb thrusts were conducted a without underwater devices, b with underwater screens, and c with an underwater deflecting device exhausting into a group of cylindrical screens. Based on the results of this study, the following conclusions are believed warranted a The rocket engine exhaust blast-penetration tests show that a relation exists between height of engine above the water, engine thrust, and depth of blast penetration into the water. b Depth of blast penetration can be reduced by an underwater deflecting device. c Splash action and noise intensity can be reduced by the use of an underwater deflector which directs the exhaust into a number of horizontal concentric, cylindrical screens. Author
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