Japan-Europe collaborative Droplet Array Combustion experiment in microgravity onboard TEXUS-46-technical achievements and preliminary scientific results

Masao Kikuchi, Shin Yamamoto, Shinichi Yoda, Masato Mikami, Hiroshi Nomura, Osamu Moriue, Akira Umemura, Yasuyuki Hisashi, Nobuhiro Sugano, Klaus Moesl, Thomas Sattelmayer, Christian Eigenbrod, Olivier Minster

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Abstract

A microgravity combustion experiment was performed on a partially pre-vaporized droplet array in November 2009, by the flight of TEXUS 46 sounding rocket, which was launched from the Esrange launch site in northern Sweden. The flight experiment was performed as a collaborative mission of JAXA and ESA. The Droplet Array Combustion Unit (DCU) was developed by JAXA and finally integrated as Japanese Combustion Module (JCM) to be installed into the TEXUS rocket. In the flight experiment, flame spread behavior of n- decane droplet arrays was observed with différent degree of pre-vaporization. Also, collection of combustion gas samples during the flight was performed for gas composition analysis on the ground. In this paper, technical achievements of the DCU as well as preliminary scientific results are reported.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research
Pages473-478
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011
Event20th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research - Hyere, France
Duration: May 22 2011May 26 2011

Publication series

NameEuropean Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP
Volume700 SP
ISSN (Print)0379-6566

Other

Other20th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research
CountryFrance
CityHyere
Period5/22/115/26/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science

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    Kikuchi, M., Yamamoto, S., Yoda, S., Mikami, M., Nomura, H., Moriue, O., Umemura, A., Hisashi, Y., Sugano, N., Moesl, K., Sattelmayer, T., Eigenbrod, C., & Minster, O. (2011). Japan-Europe collaborative Droplet Array Combustion experiment in microgravity onboard TEXUS-46-technical achievements and preliminary scientific results. In Proceedings of the 20th ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research (pp. 473-478). (European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP; Vol. 700 SP).