Space Shuttle Main Engine

Chemical Rocket Propulsion

MECH 581A4


Catalog Description: Rocket propulsion is a key technology in the areas of space exploration, commercialization of space and even terrestrial systems such as automotive vehicle restraint systems.   Space exploration has seen a renewed interest in light of recent unmanned planetary missions.  However, the primary obstacle that has prevented man from walking on the surface of Mars is the propulsion system requirements.   In terms of the commercialization/privatization of space exploration, the recent explosion in communications technology has put an unprecedented demand for communication satellite launches and new companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic have captured the public imagination.  And, every automobile sold in this country includes solid rocket motors that are used to rapidly inflate the air bags.




Instructor: Anthony J. Marchese                                      Download Course Syllabus here

Office: Scott 104 and Powerhouse 211
Phone: (970) 491-2328

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Active: Methane Leakage from Natural Gas Supply Chain Ultrasonic Harvesting of Microalgae Advanced Biofuels Combustion and Characterization Laboratory Reduced Chemical Kinetic Mechanisms for High BMEP Natural Gas Engines • Conversion of Beef Tallow into High Quality Biofuels • Dual Fuel Natural Gas/Diesel Engines Development of Tier 4 Biomass Gasifier CookstovesRapid Compression Machine for Chemical Kinetics of Biofuels HCCI Performance of Alcohol/Alkyl Ester Blends Development of a Thermophoretic Sampling System for Engineered Nanoparticles Characterization of Physical and Chemical Properties of Algal Methyl Esters and Renewable DieselMeasurement of Direct Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Microalgae Cultivation Combustion Chemistry of Algae-Derived BiofuelsEngine Emissions from Algal Methyl EstersLocomotive Diesel EmissionsMethy Ester Droplet Combustion1.1 Second Drop Tower for Microgravity Combustion ExperimentsBiodiesel Chemical Kinetics

Archive: Microgravity Droplet Combustion ExperimentsResults from STS-94 Space Shuttle Mission Multi-Component Droplet Combustion ModelingEdge FlamesHeavy Duty Diesel Engine Emissions

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rocket of the week

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