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Burst Test of Cast Al-Alloy Casing for Liquid Rocket Engine Turbopump

액체로켓엔진 터보펌프 알루미늄합금 주조케이싱 파열시험

  • 윤석환 (한국항공우주연구원 터보펌프팀) ;
  • 전성민 (한국항공우주연구원 터보펌프팀) ;
  • 김진한 (한국항공우주연구원 터보펌프팀)
  • Received : 2012.05.24
  • Accepted : 2012.08.02
  • Published : 2012.10.01

Abstract

Turbopump is a key component in liquid rocket engines, and reducing weight while maintaining structural safety is one of the major concerns of turbopump designers. To reduce the weight aluminium alloy castings instead of steel casings are introduced. The casting process is especially useful for enhancement of productivity and for reduction of product costs. But, since castings are used in space vehicle engines, reliability cannot be compromised. Therefore, proper design, production process and thorough investigation should be performed to ensure structural integrity. In this study inlet casings for a fuel pump were casted with A356.0-T6 alloy and using one of them a burst test was conducted to ensure structural integrity. Structural analysis is performed for simulation, and with multiple strain gages strains are measured and compared with predictions.

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