Atmospheric Heat Transfer to Vertical Tanks Filled with Liquid Oxygen
Liquid oxygen, used as the fuel oxidizer in many liquid-propellant missiles, is stored on board the missiles in a vertical cylindrical tank whose walls are a part of the skin of the airframe. The high rate of heat transfer through the uninsulated walls of the tank results in the vaporization of a portion of the stored liquid oxygen during the period after loading and before firing. The vaporization rate and the quantity of oxygen vaporized during this hold period affect the size, configuration, and characteristics of the loading and storage system.
KeywordsHeat Flux Natural Convection Forced Convection Total Heat Flux Test Vessel
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