Purdue Propulsion Program Featured in CPIAC's May 2009 Bulletin
CPIAC (Chemical Propulsion Information Analysis Center) is the U.S. national clearinghouse and technical resource center for data, reports, and analyses related to system and component level technologies for chemical, electrical, and nuclear propulsion for rockets, missiles, and space and gun propulsion systems. CPIAC also provides technical and administrative support to the Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) Interagency Propulsion Committee, the primary technical information exchange platform for the U.S. propulsion industry.
By Dr. Steven F. Son, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University has a long tradition in propulsion research, and its unique facilities enable hands-on education in combustion and aerospace sciences. A significant part of propulsion testing facilities at Purdue are located at a remote location, away from the main part of campus, on a 24-acre site adjacent to the Purdue University Airport. Rocket propulsion testing at Purdue began in 1948, under the direction of Dr. Maurice Zucrow. The Advanced Propellants and Combustion Laboratory (APCL) houses two control rooms and three test cells (Cells A, B, and C) for propulsion testing, fuel coking studies, and propellant development. Another rocket test cell (Cell T) is now operational in the Propulsion Laboratory. Test fi rings are conducted and observed from the control rooms. In addition, there are several small-scale experimental labs throughout the Zucrow complex.