College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 16:49:07


Aerospace Systems Engineering

Honors Course

Aerospace Design Project

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


For this honors research and senior design project, the authors will research, analyze, and manufacture a rocket motor nozzle for the Akronauts rocket design team. This research and design project will improve how the rocket design team will decide and manufacture nozzles going forward. The impact of this improvement allows the rocket design team to take steps toward being self-sustaining by manufacturing student designed parts as opposed to commercially bought parts. This will not only be successful in increasing student impact on future designs, but also provides a technical challenge for the authors and will present as an impressive feat compared to our competitors at future design competitions. The application of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, general engineering principles, and also machining techniques will be used. These are not only to analyze the performance of nozzle designs, but to be able to manufacture, test, and launch these as a part of a rocket this year.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Scott Sawyer

First Reader

Dr. Francis Loth

Second Reader

Dr. Alper Buldum

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Nicholas Garafolo

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