Liquid Rocket Engine Fluid-Cooled Combustion Chambers
by Aerojet, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), the Space Division (Rockwell Corporation), Bell Aerospace, Rocketdyne, and NASA Lewis Research Center scientists and engineers
This is the comprehensive NASA "textbook" for the design of advanced liquid propellant rocket engines. It's a necessary technical reference resource for the serious rocket scientist, engineer, and technician, reviewing state-of-the-art designs for liquid propellant rocket engine cooling. The document provides both design criteria and recommended engineering practices for their design, fabrication, testing, and use.
Among the many sections of discussion are regenerative cooling passages, tubes, channel walls, manifolds, reinforcement, and materials. Structural and design analysis are covered, as well as brazing alloys, prebraze preparations, and brazing procedures. Chamber assembly and proof testing are also studied.
Transpiration and film cooling is also explained, in great detail. One chapter is devoted to laboratory proof testing and operational problems. Engine coatings are reviewed.
Most of this data and information was classified as secret until the time of this report. This fine handbook will provide solid information for everyone who designs, builds, tests, or uses serious liquid propellant rocket engines. It's the official NASA design guide, full of scientific data, rocketry information, and military missile lore, providing data on all types of liquid rocket engine cooling systems.
And it's the ideal text for "amateur" experimental rocket scientists. Even though it's oriented toward "grand" rockets and spacecraft systems--like Saturn, and the Apollo Lunar lander--the information applies as well to "backyard" homebuilt liquid and monopropellant rocket motors! Heads up, all of you serious "amateur" rocket scientists and engineers!
Prepared at the NASA Lewis Research Center by scientists and engineers from the Space Division (Rockwell Corporation), JPL, Cal Tech, Bell Aerospace, Aerojet, Rocketdyne and NASA, this valuable book gives the practical information you need. It's a book by the experts, for the experts! The contents are the result of more than 40 years of investigations by the world's largest propulsion contractors. Literally millions of dollars were spent obtaining this critical yet hard-to-find data.
This sampling of the superb engineering drawings are shown at greatly reduced resolution size:
Typical engineering drawings (much smaller than in book)
We believe this is perhaps the most complete and comprehensive book ever written about the theoretical and practical engineering design of liquid rocket engine cooling systems, and their fabrication. It’s thick, heavy, and packed with accurate information for the professional (and “amateur”) rocket scientist, engineer, technician, and experimenter.
Plus you'll have 5 pages of technical references (62 different studies are listed), a 5-page glossary of arcane symbols and definitions used in engine design ... and MUCH more not mentioned here!
If you design, build, test, or fly serious liquid rockets or missiles of any size, you'll want this superb reference textbook. It’s especially useful for “amateur” rocket builders--there's nothing else quite like it anywhere!
Very hard to find and now out-of-print, this new limited edition has been republished by the Rocket Science Institute. It's printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, 24-pound, acid-free paper, and quality bound for years of reference use. 122 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. $24.95
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