Enhancements to a propulsion demonstrator

Rafic Bachnak, Sofia Carolina Maldonado, Fernando Garcia Gonzalez

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Abstract

This paper presents enhancements to a propulsion demonstrator that illustrates how a rocket works. The operation of the original system is manual and collection and display of useful data is not possible. The updated system consists of the following major components: (1) a computercontrolled ignition mechanism; (2) a programmable valve that allows control of oxygen flow during the ignition phase and throughout the demonstration process; (3) temperature and pressure sensors inside the rocket chamber to monitor the behavior of the system and allow computation of resulting thrust; and (4) a data acquisition board for interfacing the various components. The system can be assembled in five minutes and is fully controlled by software via push buttons in a LabVIEW™ programming environment. This paper documents the major system components and discusses test results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Sep 24 2013
Event120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Atlanta, GA, United States
Duration: Jun 23 2013Jun 26 2013

Other

Other120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta, GA
Period6/23/136/26/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Bachnak, R., Maldonado, S. C., & Gonzalez, F. G. (2013). Enhancements to a propulsion demonstrator. Paper presented at 120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, United States.