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Rocket Propulsion

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam


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The fundamental aspects of rockets and the current trends in rocket propulsion are dealt with in this course. Starting with description of motion in space, the requirements of rockets for placing space-crafts in different orbits and escaping the gravitational fields of the planets are examined. The operating principles and design aspects of solid propellant, liquid propellant, electrical, nuclear and other types of rockets are dealt with. INTENDED AUDIENCE : BE/ME/MS/MSc/PhD PREREQUISITES : NIL INDUSTRY SUPPORT : DRDO, ISRO, HAL, Space and Defense-related industries


COURSE LAYOUT Week 1 : Chap 1: Motion in Space Lec 1: Introduction Lec 2: Motion in Space Lec 3: Rotational Frame of Reference and Orbital Velocities Week 2 : Lec 4: Velocity Requirements Chap 2: Theory of Rockets Lec 5: Theory of rocket propulsion Lec 6: Rocket Equation and Staging of Rockets Week 3 : Lec 7: Review of Rocket Principles: Propulsion Efficiency Chap 3: Nozzles Lec 8: Examples Illustrating Theory of Rocket Propulsion and Introduction to Nozzles. Lec 9: Theory of Nozzles Week 4 : Lec 10: Nozzle Shape Lec 11: Area Ratio of Nozzles: Under Expansion and Over Expansion Lec 12: Characteristic Velocity and Thrust Coefficient Week 5 : Lec 13: Divergence Loss in Conical Nozzles and the Bell Nozzles Lec 14: Unconventional Nozzles and Problems in Nozzles Chap 4: Propellants Lec 15: Criterion for Choice of Chemical Propellants Week 6 : Lec 16: Choice of Fuel-Rich Propellants Lec 17: Performance Prediction Analysis (To be revised) Lec 20: Factors Influencing Choice of Chemical Propellants Week 7 : Lec 21: Low energy liquid propellants and Hybrid propellants Chap 5: Solid Propellant Rockets Lec 22: Introduction to Solid Propellant Rockets Lec 23: Burn Rate of Solid Propellants and Equilibrium Pressure in Solid Propellant Rockets. Week 8 : Lec 24: Design Aspects of Solid Propellant Rockets. Lec 25: Burning Surface Area of Solid Propellant Grains. Lec 26: Ignition of Solid Propellant Rockets. Week 9 : Lec 27: Review of Solid Propellant Rockets. Chap 6: Liquid Propellant Rockets Lec 28: Feed Systems for Liquid Propellant Rockets. Lec 29: Feed System Cycles for Pump Fed Liquid Propellant Rockets. Week 10 : Lec 30: Analysis of Gas Generator and Staged combustion cycles and introduction to injectors Lec 31: Injectors, Cooling of Chambers and Mixture Ratio Distribution Lec 32: Efficiencies due to mixture ratio distribution and incomplete vaporization. Week 11 : Lec 33: Pumps and Turbines: Propellant Feed System at Zero “g” Conditions. Lec 34: Review of Liquid Bi-propellant Rockets and Introduction to Mono-propellant Rockets. Chap 7: Hybrid Rockets Lec 35: Introduction to Hybrid Rockets and a Simple Illustration of Combustion instability in Liquid Propellant Rockets. (To be revised) Week 12 : Chap 8: Electrical, Nuclear Rockets and Advanced Propulsion Lec 39: Principles of Electrostatic and Electromagnetic Rockets. Lec 40: Electrical Thrusters. Lec 41: Electrical and Nuclear Rockets; Advanced Propulsion.

Taught by

Prof. K. Ramamurthi, Prof. S. Varunkumar

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