The Optimum Vacuum Nozzle: An MDO Approach

M.R. Colonno, E. van der Weide, J.J. Alonso

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A multidisciplinary optimization (MDO) methodology for the design of vacuum nozzles is presented, based on the maximization of the total stage or vehicle velocity increment. Traditional design methodologies for vacuum nozzles are discussed and compared to an MDO-based approach which accounts for the size and mass of the nozzle as well as multidisciplinary performance trades. Various levels of analytical fidelity are discussed with respect to physical accuracy and computational cost. The method is tested in an example of CH 4 -LOX nozzle and the results compared to the results of a traditional method. Finally, future directions and the use of higher-fidelity analytical tools are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit 2008
Place of PublicationReno, NV
PublisherAIAA Aerospace Sciences
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit 2008 - Reno, United States
Duration: 7 Jan 200810 Jan 2008
Conference number: 46


Conference46th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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