A theoretical study on throttle ranges of O/F controllable hybrid rocket propulsion systems

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    • OZAWA Kohei
    • Department of Mechanical and Control Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology
    • SHIMADA Toru
    • Department of Space Flight Engineering, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency


<p>The characteristics of several O/F control methods for hybrid rocket propulsion have been discussed and theoretically analyzed from the physical properties of propellants and fuel regression behavior. In this research, comparisons have been made among different oxidizer injection methods of Altering-intensity Swirling Oxidizer Flow Type (A-SOFT), Aft-chamber Oxidizer Injection Method (AOIM), and Swirling-AOIM for the throttle range with a constant O/F, design restrictions of the fuel grain, penalties on the adoption of the methods, and suitable scales of the engine. Theoretical analysis on regression rates has revealed that A-SOFT has upper and lower limits of throttle while maintaining a constant O/F whereas AOIM does not have any lower limit, and Swirling-AOIM covers both the throttle ranges. The designing restriction of the fuel grain derived from the regression rate behavior has indicated that A-SOFT using paraffin and oxygen has a potential to maintain 50-100% throttle range over a burn. The penalties for the adoption of these O/F control methods have also been discussed from the aspects of the increase in the complexity of the system, structural mass, and pressure drop at the injector for the methods using gaseous injection. The pressure drop has quantitatively been evaluated by relating the available swirl strength with the cross-sectional area and gaseous oxidizer mass flux at the injector. This analysis has revealed 5 times difference in the available swirl strength between the gaseous oxygen and the decomposed gas of 90% hydrogen peroxide. The sizing of the 1st stage of the satellite launcher has revealed that A-SOFT and Swirling-AOIM are suitable for small-scale engines with a propellant mass of 10<sup>0</sup>-10<sup>2</sup> [ton] using paraffin and liquid oxygen whereas AOIM and Swirling-AOIM are suitable for engines with paraffin and 90% hydrogen peroxide.</p>


  • Journal of Fluid Science and Technology

    Journal of Fluid Science and Technology 13(4), JFST0031-JFST0031, 2018

    The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers


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