Abstract

A simple approach for the design of supersonic nozzles of complex 3D shapes is presented. The Method of characteristics is primarily applied to compute the axisymmetric flow field of the supersonic section of the de-Laval nozzle. Two-dimensional simulations are performed for the axisymmetric flow fields.

The 3D configuration is then generated from the desired exit axisymmetric cross-sectional shape chosen through tracing its geometrical parameters back.to the throat. Elliptical, corrugated and two-dimensional wedge nozzles were designed using this approach. Preliminary results show a smooth geometrical transition from the throat to the exit cross section. Further three-dimensional analyses of the obtained geometries along with cold flow testing constitute the next steps to be performed.

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