Hi! I am new to thermo design work and am really hoping to just get pointed in the right direction. I am in a group that is attempting to design a 6061 aluminum combustion chamber for a hybrid rocket engine. This will be a prototype design just to get things going on the test stand, weight is not a concern. The engine will fire for about 7 seconds, and I am wondering how I would go about modeling a high temp and pressure flow condition over this period of time. Bottom line is we want to know if we can get away with using aluminum for this purpose (will it melt completely? will material properties change drastically under these conditions?) I have access to the Solidworks Flow sim package, but I have a feeling that is not going to be too helpful with this sort of analysis. Any suggestions for resources/reading/flow sims (preferably free) would be very much appreciated
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