On 2002-11-04 17:37, SaturnV wrote:
I was researching the moon hoax and I came across a site that said that the Saturn V was fake. The article read that the saturn was the smokiest rocket ever built even smokier than a higher powered Russian rocket. I guess they meant that the Saturn should of had less smoke and that means we did not actually make the Saturn because of technical problems associated with a rocket that big. Thus they say the saturn was so smoky because NASA was just trying to impress people and try to make people believe this rocket was more powerful than it really was.
One severe problem with U.S. rockets was combustion stability.
This phenomenon is a result of combustion at high flow rates. When hundreds of pounds of propellant are burned in a short time, strange effects take place. Acoustic transients present in this type of "continuous explosion" can trigger resonant conditions.
In other words, the high noise levels cause anomalies in burning. Standing waves possessing high kinetic content flash back and forth within the chamber. In microseconds, these waves can concentrate high temperatures at certain points within the rocket chamber, burning the thin walls through and causing total engine failure.
In other words the more powerful the engine the more propellant needed to be burned the more likely the engine was to blow up.
Other problems with the Saturn
Welding, Leaking Hydrogen Tanks, Insulation