16.512 Rocket Propulsion

Fall 2005

Delta II Rocket.
A NASA Delta II Rocket. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Course Highlights

This course features a list of readings and a complete set of lecture notes from the course.

Course Description

This class focuses on chemical rocket propulsion systems for launch, orbital, and interplanetary flight. It studies the modeling of solid, liquid-bipropellant, and hybrid rocket engines. Thermochemistry, prediction of specific impulse, and nozzle flows including real gas and kinetic effects will also be covered. Other topics to be covered include structural constraints, propellant feed systems, turbopumps, and combustion processes in solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets.
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Prof. Manuel Martinez- Sanchez

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session