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Design and Characterization of an Altitude Chamber for Chemical Rocket Engines

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posted on 2019-08-15, 12:51 authored by Jacob M McCormickJacob M McCormick

This thesis focuses on the development of reduced pressure testing capabilities at Zucrow Laboratories. A two-stage ejector on loan from NASA Marshall is used in series with a supersonic diffuser to allow for the testing of up to100 lbf rocket engines at equivalent altitudes of up to 100,000 ft. The objective of this research is to implement a one-dimensional (1-D) model which accurately predicts the performance of the two-stage ejector in real time, informing the maximum thrust and simulated altitude capabilities within the altitude chamber located in room 134A of ZL3 during experimental testing.




Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Aeronautics and Astronautics

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Timothée Pourpoint

Additional Committee Member 2

Stephen Heister

Additional Committee Member 3

William Anderson