Major

Chemical Engineering - Cooperative Education

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Abstract

In this study, two solid composite rocket propellants were designed utilizing ProPEP, a rocket propellant formulation software common in the amateur and hobby rocketry communities. The two propellants were designed to optimize specific impulse relative to a literature propellant designed by 1020 Research Labs. The literature propellant was also tested in order to validate the design of experiment as well as the mixing and testing procedures. All three propellants, which includes the literature propellant RCS-P, and the two novel propellants AKR-P1 and AKR-P2 were characterized with static tests. The results of the static tests provide data on propellant performance and characterization parameters to be used in the design of scalable rocket motors. AKR-P2 delivered a specific impulse of 219 seconds, a 20% improvement compared to the base case literature propellant RCS-P. AKR-P2 also delivered up to 22% more thrust than the other test propellant AKR-P1.

Research Sponsor

Dr. George Chase

First Reader

Roya Gitiafroz

Second Reader

Steve Eves

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