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Date of Award
MS in Mechanical Engineering
William R. Murray
A study of thrust vectoring techniques of annular aerospike nozzles was conducted. Cold-flow blow-down testing along with solid modeling and rapid prototyping technology were used to investigate the effects of slot size, placement, geometry and orientation. The use of slot-type compound nozzles proved to be a feasible approach to thrust vectoring. Previous methods of thrust vectoring have proved to be difficult to implement in a cost effective manner or have had limited effectiveness or durability.