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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Introduction to Rocket Propulsion

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL via Swayam

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This is an introductory course on rocket propulsion. The objective of this course is to impart knowledge about rocket propulsion to both UG and PG students. In this course, fundamentals aspects of rocket propulsion namely solid, liquid and hydride rocket engines are to be covered extensively. Besides this, performance of rocket engine and heat transfer aspects of various components are to be covered briefly.




Week 1: Introduction, Types of Rocket Engines, Applications of Rocket EnginesWeek 2: Aerothermodynamics of Rocket Engines, Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, Elements of thermodynamics, CombustionWeek 3: Ideal Rocket Engine, Thrust Equation, Performance parametersWeek 4: Rocket Engine Ideal Nozzle, Real Nozzles, Performance parameters, Introduction to Space Flight Performance
Week 5: Types of Orbit, Multistaging of rocket, Rocket PropellantWeek 6: Types of Propellant & its Selection, Introduction to Solid Propellant Rocket Engine, Components of SPREWeek 7: Regression rate relation, Types of grains, Internal BallisticWeek 8: Evolution of Burning Surface, Ignition SystemWeek 9: Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine, Types of liquid rocket engines, Combustion of liquid propellantWeek 10: Combustion Chamber Geometry, Types of liquid rocket engines, Injectors, Feed systemWeek 11: Combustion Instability, Ignition System, Hybrid rocket EngineWeek 12: Rocket Heat transfer, Types of Cooling System

Taught by

Dr. Debi Prasad Mishra



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