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June 8, 2021

NASA funds hyperspectral imaging at Zucrow Labs

En'Urga Inc has received a $125,000 grant from NASA to develop a hyperspectral imager, to help with combustion research at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Jay Gore will oversee the Phase I experiments at Zucrow Labs.
May 4, 2021

HySonic Technologies receives Navy grant to develop hypersonic propulsion

Hypersonics, the study of vehicles that can travel faster than Mach 5, is the next uncharted frontier of aerospace. Thanks to a grant from the US Navy, a new collaboration between Carlo Scalo and Carson Slabaugh is developing propulsion technologies that bring that vision closer to reality.
April 5, 2021

New stall warning technology for gas turbine engines

Gas turbine engines often are considered the "heart" of airplanes and ships. Now, a Purdue team including Prof. Nicole Key, looking for new solutions to reduce emissions and enhance operations of these engines, have come up with technology similar to tests used on human hearts.
April 1, 2021

Video tour of Zucrow

Unable to visit Zucrow? Enjoy this video tour of the largest academic propulsion lab in the world.
March 10, 2021

Joe D. Hoffman (1934-2021)

Joe D. Hoffman, who taught at Purdue Mechanical Engineering for 38 years and directed the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories, passed away on February 13, 2021.
March 5, 2021

Faculty profile: Stephen Heister

Since 1990, Aeronautics & Astronautics professor Stephen Heister has conducted world-changing research in propulsion at Zucrow Labs.
February 18, 2021

Zucrow researchers part of team honored by NASA

Timothee Pourpoint, Hilkka Kenttämaa and Swanand Sardeshmukh were part of an award-winning team honored by the NASA Engineering & Safety Center (NESC). The Transient Combustion Modeling for Hypergolic Engines Assessment Team was selected in "recognition of a unique and insightful combination of modeling, testing and analysis to determine the sources of ZOTs and pressure spikes in hypergolic engines."
February 15, 2021

Zucrow Labs 2020 Annual Report

Even in the midst of a pandemic, 2020 was a year of world-changing research at Zucrow Labs. Read our annual report and see all of the new facility upgrades and research projects at the largest academic propulsion lab in the world.
February 11, 2021

The Green Flash: High-speed infrared helps reveal safer hypergolic propellant

When SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule splashed down off the Florida coast in August following its first crewed mission, the two astronauts inside could not exit the capsule immediately. Technicians outside had to confirm there were no airborne vapors from hydrazine, a highly toxic fuel used by the vehicle's hypergolic thrusters. Now, Zucrow researchers are investigating a safer and less toxic hypergolic propellant, studying its explosive reaction with a new technique involving both visible and infrared high-speed cameras.
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