Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering


Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

L.L. Narayanaswami

Committee Member

W. P. Schimmel

Committee Member

T. R. Gupta


A computer program has been developed for calculation of the velocity-coupled response function of solid-propellants from experimentally measured pressure data. The proposed velocity-coupled response function measurement apparatus consists of an end-burner combustor where the propellant sample is oscillated in a direction normal to the flow in the presence of a standing acoustic wave within the combustion chamber. The pressure measurements are made at select points along the length of the chamber.

The data reduction program consists of a Runge-Kutta routine driven by a BFGS multivariable search routine. The Runge-Kutta routine determines the pressure distribution within the chamber of the proposed apparatus for a specific velocity-coupled response function (Rv). The BFGS optimization routine searches for the Rv which minimizes the difference between the calculated and measured pressure distributions.

The data reduction program has demonstrated convergence to the proper Rv value for pressure data that was generated by sampling from gaussian distributions.