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Re: Propellant fluid dynamics at zero-g



on 1/9/01 2:58 AM, Ulf Kumm at ulf@symek.de wrote:

> As soon as the motor runs, the sat is accelerated and the fuel
> will slosh to the 'bottom' of the tank, which is 90 degree apart
> from the nozzle used while ignition.
> 
> So, I still wonder how it can be made sure that propellant flows
> without any interruption until the tank is empty.

Wouldn't the fuel in a spinning spacecraft be pushed to the side walls of
the fuel tank due to centrifugal forces?  In effect, the spinning motion
creates an artificial gravity.  Correct?

73,

Jon
NA9D

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