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- The Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) Fuel Flowmeter is located in the duct between the low and high pressure fuel turbopumps. In the flowmeter the rotation rate of a 4-blade rotor positioned downstream of two flow straighteners is employed to measure the engine fuel flow rate and thereby control the engine mixture ratio via the engine controller. Hence, inaccurate operation of the flowmeter could have serious consequences for SSME engine operation and performance, forcing, for example, tanking of extra fuel to allow for inaccurate flowmeter measurement. Since the current flight flowmeter configuration was incorporated into the SSME in the early eighties, some anomalies in flowmeter behavior have been observed. The initial flowmeter incorporated an "egg crate" design for the two flow straighteners which turn the duct flow to make it more uniform and parallel after it has come out of the 90 degree bend just upstream of the flowmeter.
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- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19990036732.
Jun. 1999; Los Angeles, CA; United States.
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