Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Mechanical Engineering

Major Professor

Joseph C. Majdalani

Committee Members

Christian G. Parigger, Milton Davis Jr.


This work demonstrates and analyses a new flow candidate for describing the internal gaseous motion in simulated rocket motors. The fundamental features of this solution include the conservation of key system properties also incorporated in the classic Taylor-Culick (TC) system (i.e. inviscid, axisymmetric, steady and rotational properties), while allowing for the development of a swirling velocity component. The work compares the new solution to the development and formulation of the classic TC system, ultimately identifying that both the new and classic solutions are special cases of the Bragg-Hawthorne equation. Following this development, the text then explores the development of energy-optimized variants utilizing Lagrangian optimization techniques. This effort demonstrates that multiple interesting energy states and associated velocity components may exist. The flow field properties are further evaluated, and both the base analytical solutions and its energy-optimized variants are verified via numeric integration techniques and the use of computational fluid dynamics.

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