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Course Name Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion
Course Code 15AES430
Program B. Tech. in Aerospace Engineering
Year Taught 2019



AES212 – Compressed Fluid Flow or equivalent

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.

Text Books

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


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