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ATI's Rocket Propulsion 101 course
This three-day course is based on the popular
text Rocket Propulsion Elements by Sutton and
Biblarz. The course provides practical
knowledge in rocket propulsion engineering and
design technology issues. It is designed for those
needing a more complete understanding of the
The objective is to give the engineer or
manager the tools needed to understand the
available choices in rocket propulsion and/or to
manage technical experts with greater in-depth
knowledge of rocket systems. Attendees will
receive a copy of the book Rocket Propulsion
Elements, a disk with practical rocket equations
in Excel, and a set of printed notes covering
advanced additional material.
Edward L. Keith is a multi-discipline Launch
Vehicle System Engineer, specializing in
integration of launch vehicle technology,
design, modeling and business strategies.
He is an independent consultant, writer
and teacher of rocket system technology,
experienced in launch vehicle operations,
design, testing, business analysis, risk
reduction, modeling, safety and
reliability. Mr. Keith’s experience
includes reusable & expendable
launch vehicles as well as solid & liquid rocket systems.
Daniel J. Moser, Founder, President and Chief Technical Officer of an engineering consultant firm has a B.S. in Physics, and M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah. Mr. Moser has been an engineer, innovator, and entrepreneur in the aerospace industry for over 35 years. Previously employed by Beal Aerospace Technologies (Director of Engineering), Raytheon-Electronic Systems (Chief Composites Engineer), ALCOA-FiberTek (Project Engineer), and EDO-Fiber Science (Project/Test Engineer), he has also founded and operated two composites-based businesses: Utah Rocketry (1993-1997), and Compositex, Inc. (2000-present). He has extensive experience in designing and developing launch vehicles, liquid rocket propulsion systems, ablatively-cooled thrust chambers/nozzles, filament-wound composite vessels (liquid propellant tanks, high-pressure gas storage vessels, solid rocket motorcases, and crash-worthy external aircraft fuel tanks), wings, control surfaces, fuselages, radomes, spars, missile tail fins, bulkheads, reentry heat shields, and landing gear. Compositex, Inc. customers include NASA-Marshall, NASA-Ames, NASA-Johnson, Air Force Research Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University-Applied Physics Laboratory, Air Launch LLC, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic, KT Engineering, Rocketdyne, DARPA, Exxon-Mobil, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin.
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Who Should Attend:
- Engineers of all disciplines supporting rocket
- Aerospace Industry Managers.
- Government Regulators, Administrators and
sponsors of rocket or missile projects.
- Contractors or investors involved in rocket
propulsion development projects.
- Classification of Rocket Propulsion. Introduction to the types and classification of
rocket propulsion, including chemical, solid, liquid, hybrid, electric, nuclear and solar-thermal
- Fundaments and Definitions. Introduction to mass ratios, momentum thrust, pressure
balances in rocket engines, specific impulse, energy efficiencies and performance
- Nozzle Theory. Understanding the acceleration of gasses in a nozzle to exchange
chemical thermal energy into kinetic energy, pressure and momentum thrust,
thermodynamic relationships, area ratios, and the ratio of specific heats. Issues of
subsonic, sonic and supersonic nozzles. Equations for coefficient of thrust, and the
effects of under and over expanded nozzles. Examination of cone&bell nozzles, and
evaluation of nozzle losses.
- Performance. Evaluation of performance of rocket stages & vehicles. Introduction to
coefficient of drag, aerodynamic losses, steering losses and gravity losses.
Examination of spaceflight and orbital velocity, elliptical orbits, transfer orbits,
staging theory. Discussion of launch vehicles and flight stability.
- Propellant Performance and Density Implications. Introduction to thermal
chemical analysis, exhaust species shift with mixture ratio, and the concepts of frozen
and shifting equilibrium. The effects of propellant density on mass properties &
performance of rocket systems for advanced design decisions.
- Liquid Rocket Engines. Liquid rocket engine fundamentals, introduction to practical
propellants, propellant feed systems, gas pressure feed systems, propellant tanks,
turbo-pump feed systems, flow and pressure balance, RCS and OMS, valves, pipe
lines, and engine supporting structure.
- Liquid Propellants. A survey of the spectrum of practical liquid and gaseous rocket
propellants is conducted, including properties, performance, advantages and
- Thrust Chambers. The examination of injectors, combustion chamber and nozzle and
other major engine elements is conducted in-depth. The issues of heat transfer,
cooling, film cooling, ablative cooling and radiation cooling are explored. Ignition
and engine start problems and solutions are examined.
- Combustion. Examination of combustion zones, combustion instability and control of
instabilities in the design and analysis of rocket engines.
- Turbopumps. Close examination of the issues of turbo-pumps, the gas generation,
turbines, and pumps. Parameters and properties of a good turbo-pump design.
- Solid Rocket Motors. Introduction to propellant grain design, alternative motor
configurations and burning rate issues. Burning rates, and the effects of hot or cold
motors. Propellant grain configuration with regressive, neutral and progressive burn
motors. Issues of motor case, nozzle, and thrust termination design. Solid propellant
formulations, binders, fuels and oxidizers.
- Hybrid Rockets. Applications and propellants used in hybrid rocket systems. The
advantages and disadvantages of hybrid rocket motors. Hybrid rocket grain
- Thrust Vector Control. Thrust Vector Control mechanisms and strategies. Issues of
hydraulic actuation, gimbals and steering mechanisms. Solid rocket motor flex-bearings.
Liquid and gas injection thrust vector control. The use of vanes and rings
- Rocket System Design. Integration of rocket system design and selection processes
with the lessons of rocket propulsion. How to design rocket systems.
- Applications and Conclusions. Now that you have an education in rocket propulsion,
what else is needed to design rocket systems? A discussion regarding the future of
rocket engine and system design.
This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410) 956-8805 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote. You may also call us at (410) 956-8805 or email us at email@example.com.