COURSE SUMMARY
Course Title: 
Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion
Course Code: 
15AES430
Year Taught: 
2015
2016
2017
2018
Degree: 
Undergraduate (UG)
School: 
School of Engineering
Campus: 
Coimbatore

'Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion' is a course offered in the B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering program at School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Prerequisite

Unit 1

Principle of Rocket Propulsion – Rocket Equation – Development of Thrust – Nozzle Design – Effect of Atmosphere – Thermodynamic Thrust Equation – Characteristic Velocity – Performance Parameters.

Unit 2

Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine – Cryogenic and Semi-cryogenic Engines – Basic Configuration – Types of Propellants – Propellant Feed Systems – Combustion of Liquid Propellants – Injectors and Thrust Chambers – Combustion Instability – Solid Propellant Fundamentals –Types of Solid Propellants – Propellant Processing and Manufacture – Grain Configuration – Igniter Hardware – Combustion of Solid Propellants – Hybrid Rocket Engines.

Unit 3

Electric Propulsion: Electrothermal and Electromagnetic Thrusters, Applications of Electric Propulsion, Electric Power Generation – Nuclear Propulsion – Operational Issues – Practical Approaches for Single Stage to Orbit Vehicles.

  • Truner. Martin, “Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion,” 3rd edition, Springer, 2009.
  • Sutton. G. P, Biblarz. O, “Elements of rocket propulsion,” 7th edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2010.