Towards the Capabilities of Rocket Engines with Solar Heating of Working Fluid
American Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume 3, Issue 1-1, February 2016, Pages: 1-5
Received: Nov. 26, 2014; Accepted: Dec. 2, 2014; Published: Jul. 28, 2015
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V. М. Kotov, Republican State Enterprise "National Nuclear Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan", Kurchatov, Republic of Kazakhstan
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Abstract
The purpose of this research is to show the potentiality of the rocket with solar heating of working fluid. The study describes design of the heater with tungsten pipes, ensuring full-range application of focusing radiation (95 %) under the hydrogen heating to 2900 К; gives an examples of optimization of rocket engine thrust by the flight time with predetermined fuel weight and specific weight of engine with mirror and payload; illustrates design of the engine and mirrors providing the conjugation between the thrust vector and solar radiation vector; demonstrates design of power-supply source with high-efficient solar energy transformation into electric one and compares various types of the rockets.
Keywords
Nuclear Rocket Engine (NRE), Working Fluid, Solar-Heated Rocket Engine, Mass of Engine and Mirrors, Open Space, High-Temperature Reactor Components
To cite this article
V. М. Kotov, Towards the Capabilities of Rocket Engines with Solar Heating of Working Fluid, American Journal of Aerospace Engineering. Special Issue: Space Laboratories: History, Researches, Prospects. Vol. 3, No. 1-1, 2016, pp. 1-5. doi: 10.11648/j.ajae.s.2016030101.11
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