During a rocket launch, both the rocket as well as the launch pad have to be protected. This is usually done by shooting enormous amounts of water somewhere 'at' the rocket engines.
The then evaporating water is often popularly mistaken for the evaporated rocket fuel.
- Seeing the interesting arrangements of towers, channels and blocks at the launch pad made me assume that there is some optimization process behind the structures
- If the flows of water have had to be somehow optimized, then the answer to 'where is the energy absorbed?' is not simply 'well, below the rocket, duh'
So my question is
- Where exactly on the launch pad is the water during launch, and where is most of the heat and acoustic energy absorbed?
It would be nice if someone knowledgable could point to sketches of the situation during launch, as me looking for it would take hours probably...