Rocket Propulsion II: Foundations of Solid Rocket Motor Analysis

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 summary of the technical approaches used to estimate the thrust, specific impulse, total impulse, and other performance related metrics for solid propellant rocket motors. The course is focused on the mechanics of grain burn, introductory internal ballistics, and thrust profiles. The course includes the development of the nomenclature which is used to describe solid propellant rocket propulsion performance. While the presentation is intended to provide a practicing engineer who is uninitiated in the field of solid propellant 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 solid propellant motors.

Rocket Propulsion II: Foundations of Solid Rocket Motor Analysis

The objective for this course is to provide a fundamental physics-based understanding of the following concepts:

     1. Rocket Performance
     2. Solid Rocket Motor Internal Ballistics
           • Pressure and thrust
           • Burning Rate
           • Similitude
     3. Grain properties
           • Propellant types
           • Propellant composition
           • Performance characteristics
           • Temperature/pressure sensitivity of propellant burning
     4. Grain design
           • End burning grains
           • CP grains
           • Star grains
           • Survey of other Grain Geometries
     5. Introduction to Internal Ballistics

Target Audience:

This course is intended for practicing engineers in the field of aerospace engineering who are either just entering the field and would like to learn about the techniques for analyzing the performance of solid propellant rocket propulsion or who are interested in expanding their knowledge base in the discipline of aerospace engineering. It is recommended that the student first enroll in the fundamentals of rocket propulsion course if they student is not already familiar with basic rocket propulsion concepts such as thrust, specific impulse, and other performance metrics. The course is likely best suited for Aerospace engineers or Mechanical and Electrical Engineers who are practicing in the aerospace industry.

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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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