Date of Graduation

Fall 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Mechanical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Research Sponsor

Dr. Scott Sawyer


The purpose of this senior project was to develop a method of applying rotation inducing rocket fin concepts to rockets for the benefit of the University of Akron Akronauts; the student led rocket design team. The project was performed independently of the team’s current efforts as a research and development endeavor for future team projects. Main project goals were divided into three parts: design a fin test fixture for verification testing in the University’s wind tunnel, develop a parameter-driven software model that could be used to generate design options with theoretical performance data as an output, and run fluid dynamics analyses to offer additional support to findings. At a higher level, this project was chosen as an opportunity to exercise a few of the many different facets of the engineering process. Over the course of the project, our team received valuable experience with: idea generation and brainstorming, concept vetting, technical software programming, process troubleshooting, rapid prototyping, and aerodynamic-related testing.