Advanced Rocket Propulsion
Learning Objective:To obtain a working knowledge of the aerothermodynamics of chemical rocket propulsion systems and an introduction to electric propulsion devices.
Description:Generalized internal compressible and incompressible flows. Thermochemistry and heat transfer in rocket applications. Advanced topics in solid rocket motor performance and internal ballistics. Liquid rocket engine cycle analysis and turbopump design. Combustion of liquid and solid propellants. Hybrid rockets, thermal-nuclear engines, and electric propulsion. SP2018 Syllabus
Topics Covered:Generalized internal compressible and incompressible flows; thermochemistry and heat transfer in rocket applications; advanced topics in solid rocket motor performance and internal ballistics; liquid rocket engine cycle analysis and turbopump design; combustion of liquid and solid propellants; hybrid rockets, thermal-nuclear engines, and electric propulsion.
Prerequisites:Undergraduate training in compressible flows and/or gas dynamics.
Applied / Theory:25 / 75
Homework:Will be assigned and graded. To be emailed to TA assigned to course.
Exams:One midterm exam and one final exam.
Textbooks:Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.
Tentative: Required--George P. Sutton, "Rocket Propulsion Elements", Wiley, 8th ed., ISBN 9780470080245.