A primary goal of this book--to familiarize the reader with detailed techniques used by industry in liquid-propellant rocket engine systems and component design--has engendered a set of realistic sample calculations. To promote an understanding of the interrelationship among major subsystems, principal calculations have been made for the engines of a hypothetical multistage space vehicle. These calculations and their associated designs were especially prepared for this book and are not related to existing or planned engines. Because the various subsystems of liquid-propellant rocket engines will be discussed in subsequent chapters, most of the supporting sample calculations throughout the book, will be for the engines of the assumed vehicle. For simplicity of reference, the space vehicle will be called Alpha. It will be composed of four stages: A-1, A-2, A-3, and A-4. Table 3-1 lists the major parameters of the Alpha.
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Cardenas, Mary P. “Introduction to Sample Calculations,” pp. 53-66 in D. Hunzel and D. Huang, Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1992.