Friday, January 18, 2013

Sounding rocket COMPERE experiment

"The flight experiment was performed in May, 2008 in Kiruna, Sweden. It has been a benchmark type of experiment on fluid behavior in tanks to test hypotheses and numerical predictions. This experiment has been intended to partially fill in the objectives of the ESA MAP project AO-2004-111 (Convective boiling and condensation). The SOURCE experiment is still going on to serve the needs of the COMPERE research group whose mandate is to investigate the behavior of propellants in spacecraft launcher tanks.

The main element of the SOURCE module is a transparent cylindrical container which is filled with a test liquid (HFE-7000) during the ballistic phase of the sounding rocket. The container has a linear axial temperature distribution which is achieved prior to the launch by heating the upper part. It is pressurized with nitrogen gas at 3 bars."


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