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Course Detail

Course Name Aerospace Propulsion
Course Code 15 AES 302
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Semester Three
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Momentum Analysis of Thrust Generation – Types of Propulsion Systems and their Components – Performance Measures – Propellers: Performance Coefficients – Review of Thermodynamic Cycles – Ideal Cycle Analysis: Ramjets, Turbojets and Turbofan Engines.

Unit 2

Component Performance – Analysis of Real Engines – Chemistry of Combustion – Heat of Combustion – Reaction Rate – Flames – Stability Considerations – Application to Gas Turbine Combustion – Fuels: Properties, Conventional and Modern Aviation Fuels.


Unit 3

Rocket Vehicle Mechanics – Multistaging – Thermodynamics of Rocket Engine – Rocket Engine Performance – Types of Rocket Engines – Fuels for Solid and Liquid Propellant Rockets – Rocket Cooling.

Text Books

  1. Mattingly.Jack. D, “Elements of Propulsion: Gas Turbines and Rockets,” AIAA Education Series, 2006.


  • Turner Martin, “Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion,” 3rd edition, Springer, 2009.
  • Mukunda. H. S, “Understanding Combustion,” 2nd edition, Macmillan India Limited, 2007.

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