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December 6, 2022


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This course presents aerospace propulsive devices as systems, with functional requirements and engineering and environmental limitations along with requirements and limitations that constrain design choices

Both air-breathing and rocket engines are covered, at a level which enables rational integration of the propulsive system into an overall vehicle design. Mission analysis, fundamental performance relations, and exemplary design solutions are presented.

Course Curriculum

  • Rocket equation; gravity loss; optimum acceleration Unlimited
  • Rocket staging; range of aircraft; climb & acceleration Unlimited
  • Orbital mechanics; single force center Unlimited
  • Hyperbolic orbits; interplanetary transfer Unlimited
  • Non-chemical rockets; optimum exhaust velocity Unlimited
  • Modeling of thermal rocket engines; nozzle flow; control of mass flow Unlimited
  • Modeling of rocket nozzles; effects of nozzle area ratio Unlimited
  • Types of nozzles; connection of flow to nozzle shape Unlimited
  • Solid propellant gas generators; stability; grain designs Unlimited
  • Models for rocket engines; flow of reacting gases Unlimited
  • Reacting gases (cont.); temperature dependence of specific heats Unlimited
  • Nozzle flow of reacting gases Unlimited
  • Rocket casing design; structural modeling Unlimited
  • Heat transfer and cooling Unlimited
  • Ablative cooling Unlimited
  • Thrust vectoring; engine cycles; mass estimates Unlimited
  • Aircraft propulsion, configuration and components Unlimited
  • Aircraft engine modeling; turbojet engine Unlimited
  • Turbojet engines (cont.); design parameters; effect of mass flow on thrust. Unlimited
  • Introduction to component matching and off-design operation Unlimited
  • Turbofan engines Unlimited
  • Inlets or diffusers Unlimited
  • Exhaust nozzles Unlimited
  • Compressors and fans Unlimited
  • Velocity triangles; compressor performance maps Unlimited
  • Compressor blading; design; multi-staging Unlimited
  • Turbines; stage characteristics; degree of reaction Unlimited
  • Turbine solidity; mass flow limits; blade temperature Unlimited
  • Turbine cooling; general trends and systems; internal cooling Unlimited
  • Film cooling; thermal stresses; impingement cooling; how to do cooling design Unlimited
  • Compressor-turbine matching; gas generators Unlimited
  • Engine structures; centrifugal stresses; engine arrangements Unlimited
  • Critical speeds and vibration Unlimited
  • Combustors; afterburners Unlimited
  • Pollutant; motivations for control; formation; strategies for reduction Unlimited
  • Aircraft engine noise: principles; regulations Unlimited
  • Jet noise, turbomachinery noise Unlimited
  • Rotordynamics of the jet engine Unlimited

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology