Propulsion involves the study of the basic operation and design of aerospace propulsion devices, including both air-breathing engines and rocket powerplants. The gas dynamics of internal flows, thermodynamics, and combustion processes associated with those devices are discussed in detail. Engine components such as inlets, pumps, and/or compressors, combustion chambers, turbines, and nozzles are investigated. Various air-breathing engines such as turbojets, turbofans, ramjets, turboprops, and scramjets are treated. Rocket propulsion systems, including solid rocket motors; liquid rocket engines; hybrid rockets; and nuclear, electric, and advanced nonchemical systems are also covered.


Computational Energy and Propulsion Lab (CEPL)
Computational Energy and Propulsion Lab (CEPL)

Computational modeling and simulations of fluid flow, turbulence, and combustion in propulsion and energy systems.

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  • Lead Professor: Haifeng Wang
  • Location: ARMS 3213
  • Energy conversion systems
  • Multi-scale multi-physical processes
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Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories

The research capability at Zucrow Labs encompasses many disciplines: unsteady aerodynamics of turbo machinery, aeroacoustics, combustion, measurement and control, computational fluid mechanics, particle flow heat transfer, and atomization processes.

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  • Professor: Li Qiao
  • Location: Allison Rd., West Lafayette, IN
  • 22 individual laboratories
  • Professional machine shop
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Plasma and Flow Visualization Lab

Experimental studies of transient plasma discharges and development of plasma actuators for flow and combustion control.

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Aerospace Propulsion and Energy Conversion Systems Lab
Aerospace Propulsion and Energy Conversion Systems Lab

Our research focuses on hypergolic propellant ignition and combustion through system level testing and advanced diagnostic techniques and research and development of novel hydrogen storage and heat harvesting systems and materials for a variety of applications, including automotive, aerospace, and stationary power. A major emphasis is on novel hypergolic propellant combinations.

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