Rocket Propulsion I: Fundamentals of Expanding Gas Rockets

Location: Distance Learning Course

2022 - 2023 On-line Individual$ 180.00
2022 - 2023 DVD Individual$ 200.00

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This course offers the practicing engineer a comprehensive summary understanding of the basic physics of expanding gas (mostly chemical) rockets. The course is focused on the mechanics of thrust production using the physics of the gas expansion process and includes the development of the nomenclature which is used to describe rocket propulsion performance. This course is geared entirely toward performance-based analysis of the chemical and cold gas rocket. While the presentation is intended to provide a practicing engineer who is uninitiated in the field of rocket propulsion with a working knowledge of field, the material provided in this course is of sufficient technical depth to provide the foundation for a technical analysis of an expanding gas rocket. Introduction of Rocket Propulsion 1.

The objective for this course is to provide a fundamental physics-based understanding of the following concepts:
     1. Understanding Nozzle Flow and How to Model Nozzle Flow for Performance Calculations
     2. Thrust:
     3. How is thrust Generated by Expanding Gas
     4. How to Model Thrust Compactly: The Thrust Equation
     5. Define and Explain Performance Parameters
     6. Effective Exhaust Velocity
     7. Total Impulse
     8. Specific Impulse
     9. Mass Ratio
     10. Characteristic Velocity
     11. Thrust Coefficient
     12. Summary of Performance
     13. Basic Dynamics of a Rocket Propelled Device: The Rocket Equation
     14. Staging: Why is it so important?

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Fee: $180.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)2022 - 2023 On-line Individual$ 180.00
Course Fee (Alternate)2022 - 2023 DVD Individual$ 200.00

Distance Learning Course

Distance Learning Course

Roy Hartfield

Roy J. Hartfield, Jr. is the Walt and Virginia Woltosz Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia (1991). r. Hartfield has been employed by Auburn University as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Woltosz Professor of Aerospace Engineering since December, 1990. Dr. Hartfield’s technical interests include optimization of aerospace systems, rocket propulsion, airbreathing propulsion, aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing, and optical diagnostics. Dr. Hartfield is active in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, having served as a member of the High Speed Airbreathing Propulsion Technical Committee, a member of the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee and as Technical Chair of the 25th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference. Dr. Hartfield has authored over 100 journal articles and conference papers and continues to be actively involved in research. He holds three US patents, a Canadian patent and a Chinese patent.


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