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Laser Ignition of a Research 200N RCS LOx/GH2 and LOx/GCH4 Engine

Manfletti, C. (2012) Laser Ignition of a Research 200N RCS LOx/GH2 and LOx/GCH4 Engine. In: Proceedings. 48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit , 30. Jul. – 1. Aug. 2012, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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Abstract

An extensive test campaign has been conducted to assess the feasibility of the implementation of laser ignition in cryogenic RCS and OMS engines. The 200N research thruster used for this purpose is a single-coaxial injector element combustion chamber. A table-top laser with a system of mirrors and a lens was used as ignition system. This paper reports location of energy deposition, levels of energy deposited and associated ignition probabilities for the propellant combinations LOx/GH2 and LOx/GCH4. Gas-breakdown (plasma) ignition and ablation ignition were both tested. Minimum energies were lower for LOx/GH2 (72 mJ) than for LOx/GCH4 (92 mJ) and lower for ablation (14.5 mJ for LOx/GH2 and 61.7 mJ for LOx/GCH4) than plasma ignition. Regions for successful energy deposition for 100% ignition success were also identifed. Finally it has been established that the dynamic of flame growth determines ignition overpressure in a laser ignited chamber. A separate paper has been dedicated to the discussion of the influence of pre-ignition conditions and flow fields on altitude ignition.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Laser Ignition of a Research 200N RCS LOx/GH2 and LOx/GCH4 Engine
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Manfletti, C.Chiara.Manfletti@dlr.de
Date:2012
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:laser ignition, cryogenic
Event Title:48th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit
Event Location:Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:30. Jul. – 1. Aug. 2012
Organizer:AIAA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Transport
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RP - Raumtransport
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Antriebsystemtechnik - Schubkammertechnologie
Location: Lampoldshausen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Propulsion > Raketenantriebe
Deposited By: Michaela Hanke
Deposited On:03 Nov 2012 09:17
Last Modified:03 Nov 2012 09:17

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