Date of Award

Summer 9-1996

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering


Aerospace Engineering

Committee Chair

L. L. Narayanaswami

Committee Member

Tej Gupta

Committee Member

R. L. Reisbig


This study is concerned with the investigation of the behavior of a hypersonic nozzle with finite rate chemistry. First, equations describing steady one dimensional flow through a nozzle are presented. Solution methodologies for frozen, equilibrium and detailed chemistry flow are then discussed. A hydrogen-air chemical reaction mechanism, which is made up of fourteen different chemical species, and forty nine chemical reactions is used in this investigation for obtaining detailed chemistry flow solutions. The investigation also performs a sensitivity analysis on the reaction mechanism. Results from this may be used to eliminate a particular reaction from the chemical reaction mechanism that does not significantly affect it. Solutions for all three flows (frozen, equilibrium, and detailed chemistry ) and sensitivity analysis are obtained from separate computer programs.