CPIA 246

Procedures recommended by the JANNAF Performance Standardization Working Group for acquisition and Interpretation of performance test data are presented. Included with the description of these procedures are recommended procedures covering the required measurements, associated instrumentation, calibration methods, and data uncertainties.

In addition, criteria for the applicability of existing test data, the selection of test models, and analytical performance prediction improvement based on test results are outlined.

The Defense Technical Information Center describes it at the following link, CPIA Publication 246, JANNAF Rocket Engine Performance Prediction and Evaluation Manual. Although approved for public release, at the time of this writing, CPIA 246 is not available as a PDF from the Defense Technical Information Center.

It is possible to find a PDF, however, with a Google Search for CPIA 246.

Huzel and Huang

or the more recent…

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For general references look at the NASA Technical Reports Server

Rocket Engines

See comparison of rocket engines at Wikipedia

SpaceX Merlin 1D



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