Hydrodynamic Stability Evaluation of an 0.088-Scale Solid Rocket Booster Model,
NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD
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The free-floating and towing stability of a 0.088-scale Solid Rocket Booster model was experimentally investigated to determine the feasibility of towing a full-scale rocket booster at sea. Equilibrium attitude and towing behavior were examined at various percentages of internal water-fill, sea states, sea directions, towpoint attachments, and towline lengths. Towline tensions were measured, and pitching, rolling, and yawing motions were monitored. Predicted, full-scale values of average and peak towline tension are presented graphically.
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