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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