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J-2 Engine Gallery


Detail of some of the "cat eyes" in the middle of the thrust chamber wall.

The J-2 thrust chamber is constructed of 360 full-length "up" tubes running from reverse-flow manifold to the the injector, plus an additional 180 "down" tubes running from here at the fuel manifold to the reverse-flow manifold. This "pass-and-a-half" construction increases the number of tubes comprising the thrust chamber as the diameter of the nozzle increases, allowing for a high expansion ratio.

So, there are two "up" tubes for each "down" tube, and this is obvious here: Gaps between sets of two "up" tubes allow the introduction of the "down" tubes which originate in the fuel manifold.

The gaps between the sets of "up" tubes also serve as a slot through which the turbine exhaust gas (from the exhaust manifold, just forward of the fuel manifold) enters the combustion chamber.

Turbine exhaust manifold outlet slots and down tubes emanating from J-2 Engine fuel manifold at Science Museum Oklahoma (formerly the Omniplex)
Time picture taken Sun Apr 10 16:32:22 2016
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