4. Turbopump Units of Rocket Engines Developed by DO-4

4. Turbopump Units of Rocket Engines Developed by DO-4

Ivanov Y. N., Badun O. P., Deshevykh S. A., Ivchenco L. F.

Yangel Yuzhnoye State Design Office, Dnipro, Ukraine

Kosm. teh. Raket. vooruž. 2018, (2); 25-33
 
Language: Russian
Annotation:
The article presents the experience of creating LRE turbopump units by the Rocket Engines Design Office (DO-4) at Yuzhnoye SDO. The best known turbopump units designs developed by DO are described. Both earlier developments of DO and the turbopump unit being now in final testing phase are considered. The design evolution of both separate assemblies and of entire unit is shown. The design evolution allowed increasing the unit’s lifetime dozens times. For example, the lifetime of the first turbopump units developed by DO did not exceed 150 s. Currently, the DO has in stock the engines with lifetime of ~19000 s. The information is presented on the problems that the designers faced in testing the turbopumop unit and the ways to solve them. The unique achievement are presented. At present, there are no analogs of some units in the world. The article presents the information on the latest achievements of DO, such as the face seal on pump vane discs whose use fully excludes unwanted leaks. Having analyzed the data presented, one may conclude that the Rocket Engines Design Office and Yuzhnoye SDO as a whole accumulated sufficient experience and knowledge allowing solving any problems that may arise when developing a new LRE turbopump unit, and successfully operating LRE with turbopump units, including those in the engines with generator gas afterburning created in recent years testify to a great value of accumulated experience.
Key words: : liquid rocket engine, turbopump unit, pump, turbine

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