Space Shuttle Main Engine

Chemical Rocket Propulsion

MECH 581A4

 

Week

Date(s)

Text

Topics

Notes

1

 Jan. 28

Ch. 1

Introduction and Introductory Project

notes01.doc

ted-rutan-06.mp4

2

 Feb. 4

Ch. 2

Fundamentals and Thrust Equations

notes02.doc

3

 Feb. 11

Ch. 4

Single and Multistage Rockets

notes03.doc

4

 Feb. 18

Ch. 3

Analysis of an Ideal Rocket; C-star, Thrust Coefficient


5

 Feb. 25

Ch. 3

Relationship between Nozzle Area Ratio and Pressure Ratio

Basic Design of a Rocket (Example) 

notes04.doc

aerospike nozzle movie

6

 March 4

Ch. 5

Thermochemical Performance of Chemical Propellants

notes05.doc

7

 March 11

Ch. 15

Unveiling of Semester Design Project 

Hybrid Propellant Rockets

 notes06.doc

 Design Project

8

 March 18

 

Spring Break


9

 March 25

 

Design Project Calculations

 

10

 April 1

Ch.  7,12

Propellants and Combustion

 notes07.doc

11

 April 8

Ch. 11

Solid Rocket Motors

notes08.doc

12

 April 15

 

Guest Speaker Robert Zubrin; The Mars Society; Pioneer Astronautics

 notes09.doc

13

 April 22

 

Hybrid Rocket Motor Fabrication 

2015 Test Results

14

 April 29

 

Hybrid Rocket Motor Fabrication and Fuel Grain Casting

 

15

 May 6

 

Hybrid Rocket Motor Testing

Final Design Report Due: May  12

 

home and objectives

course outline and notes

homework assignments

NASA CEA Code

rocket of the week

design project

rules and grading

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