Computational Assessment of Afterburning Cessation Mechanisms in Fuel Rich Rocket Exhaust Plumes
SPARTA INC EDWARDS AFB CA
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A computational study was conducted to identify fundamental physical processes governing the cessation or shutdown of the afterburning of fuel rich rocket exhaust with the atmosphere. Several mechanisms were examined which are 1 a relaminarization phenomenon, 2 a Damkohler number effect and 3 a classical flame extinction mechanism. Analysis of the simulation results revealed the relaminarization mechanism to be implausible while the Damkohler number effect and the flame extinction mechanisms were found to be valid. The extinction mechanism was also found to dramatically alter the emission characteristics and enhance the shutdown behavior which has important implications with respect to radiative heat transfer to the body and missile defense systems. This is a significant finding because strain rate induced extinction is a previously unrecognized phenomena occurring in rocket exhaust plumes during afterburning cessation.
- Combustion and Ignition