ATI's Solid Rocket Motor Design and Applications course
This three-day course provides a detailed look at the
design of solid rocket motors (SRMs), a general
understanding of solid propellant motor and component
technologies, design drivers, critical manufacturing
process parameters, sensitivity of system performance
requirements on SRM design, reliability, and cost; and
transportation and handling, and integration into launch
vehicles and missiles. The general approaches used in
the development of new SRMs are covered, including
the methods used to balance customer vs. SRM
manufacturer requirements, design and cost trade-studies,
and timelines for the development and
qualification of a SRM.
All types of SRMs are included, with emphasis on current motos for commercial and DoD/NASA launch vehicles such as LM Athena series, OSC GMD, Pegasus and Taurus series, MDA SM-3 series,strap-on motors for the Delta series, Titan V, and Ares / Constellation vehicle. The use of surplus military motors (Minuteman, Peacekeeper, etc.) for target and sensor development and university research is discussed. The course also introduces nano technologies (nano carbon fiber) and their potential use for NASA’s deep space missions.
What You Will Learn:
- Solid rocket motor principles and key requirements.
- Motor design drivers and sensitivity on the design,
reliability, and cost.
- Detailed propellant and component design features
- Propellant and component manufacturing processes.
- SRM/Vehicle interfaces, transportation, and handling
- Development approach for qualifying new SRMs.
- Introduction to Solid Rocket Motors (SRMs). SRM terminology and
nomenclature, survey of types and applications of SRMs, and
SRMcomponent description and characteristics.
- SRM Design and Applications. Fundamental principles of SRMs, key
performance and configuration parameters such as total impulse, specific
impulse, thrust vs. motor operating time, size constraints; basic
performance equations, internal ballistic principles, preliminary approach
for designing SRMs; propellant combustion characteristics (instability,
burning rate), limitations of SRMs based on the laws of physics, and
comparison of solid to liquid propellant and hybrid rocket motors.
- Sensitivity of SRM Requirements. Impact of customer/system imposed
requirements on design, reliability, and cost; SRM manufacturer imposed
requirements and constraints based on computer optimization codes and
general engineering practices and management philosophy.
- SRM Design Drivers and Technology Trade-Offs. Interrelationship of the
performance parameters, component design trades versus cost and maturity
of technology; exchange ratios and Rules of Thumb used in back-of-the
envelope preliminary design evaluations.
- Key SRM Component Design Characteristics and Materials. Detailed
description and comparison of performance parameters and properties of
solid propellants including composite (i.e., HTPB, PBAN, and CTPB),
nitro-plasticized composites, and double based or cross-linked propellants
and why they are used for different motor and/or vehicle objectives and
applications; motor cases, nozzles, thrust vector control & actuation
systems; motor initiation and flight termination devices and ordnance.
- SRM Manufacturing/Processing Parameters. Description of critical
manufacturing operations for propellant mixing, propellant loading into the
SRM, propellant inspection and acceptance testing, and propellant facilities
and tooling, and SRM components fabrication.
- SRM Transportation and Handling Considerations. General
understanding of requirements and solutions for transporting, handling, and
processing different motor sizes and DOT propellant explosive
classifications and licensing and regulations.
- Launch Vehicle Interfaces, Processing and Integration. Key mechanical,
functional, and electrical interfaces between the SRM and launch vehicle
and launch facility. Comparison of interfaces for both strap-on and straight
- SRM Development Requirements and Processes. Approaches and
timelines for developing new SRMs. Description of a demonstration and
qualification program for both commercial and government programs.
Impact of decisions regarding design philosophy (state-of-the-art versus
advanced technology) and design safety factors. Motor sizing
methodologyand studies (using computer aided design models). Customer
oversight and quality program. Motor cost reduction approaches through
design, manufacturing, and acceptance. Castor 120 motor development
Tuition for this three-day course is $1890 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.