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Starting a Rocket

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This computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation shows the start-up of a two-dimensional, ideal rocket nozzle. Starting a rocket engine or supersonic wind tunnel is more complicated than its subsonic counterpart because it’s necessary for a shockwave to pass completely through the engine (or tunnel), leaving supersonic flow in its wake. Here the situation is further complicated by turbulent boundary layers along the nozzle walls. (Video credit: B. Olson)

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