Accession Number:

AD0758515

Title:

An Environmental Heat Transfer Study of a Rocket Motor Storage Container System

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

168.0

Abstract:

The heat transfer characteristics of a rocket motor storage container system have been investigated using analytical and experimental techniques. Analytically, both closed form and numerical solutions have been developed. These solutions may be used to determine maximum temperatures and temperature gradients within the rocket motor. It is proposed that the theoretical solutions can be used to thermally optimize container design. A secondary investigation was carried out to determine the feasibility of using cholesteric liquid crystals, a temperature sensitive material, to thermally map the surface of the container. The crystals appear to remain stable under desert type conditions and produce brilliantly colored displays of the temperature field.

Subject Categories:

  • Containers and Packaging
  • Solid Propellant Rocket Engines

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE