System and Method for Estimating Performance of a Closed Cycle Thermal Propulsion System
Patent Application, Filed 19 Jun 2002
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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The present invent ion permits determination of steady-state off-design performance characteristics of a vehicle, such as a torpedo, powered by a closed cycle thermal propulsion system. The method may be utilized to determine propellant consumption for a torpedo resulting from various off-design kinematic maneuvers. Total run time may be calculated in response to a plurality of torpedo speed changes andor torpedo configurations of variable torpedo length or torpedo diameter. The present invention may be,utilized to define weapon design options for existing or future underwater weapons with mission requirements different from those for which the weapons were originally designed.
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