CP Technologies Offers Class on Designing and Making Solid Rocket Motors November 6, 2003 Web posted at: 3:02 PM EST
(ROL Newswire ) -- CP Technologies is offering a new class that teaches students how to design and build their own solid rocket motors. The instructor will be John Wickman, a professional aerospace engineer. The course costs $195 and includes the "How To Make Amateur Rockets" bookset, all motor materials and lunches. The course runs November 21 through the 23rd in Casper, Wyoming. Students do not have to be US citizens and do not have to be members of any rocketry organizations.
On the first day of class students will learn how all chemical rocket engines work and how they produce thrust to propel a rocket. The instructor will show students how to determine the theoretical performance for almost any chemical combination of propellants used in solid, hybrid and liquid rocket engines. They will learn how to predict the pressure in a rocket engine's combustion chamber and how much thrust it will produce.
The instructor will assign each student a maximum peak chamber pressure and pressure-time curve design goal. They will then design a rocket motor to meet that goal. After the students have designed their motor, they will begin making fabricating its parts. Under the supervision of their instructor, students will learn how to mix a solid rocket propellant. After the propellant is mixed, they will load it into propellant cartridges.
Students will learn how to make rocket nozzles and to drill and tap the rocket motor's bulkhead so that they can install a pressure tap to measure the chamber pressure when they static fire their motor. The instructor will show students how to do a simple thermal analysis of a rocket motor and where to put thermal insulation and how much. The instructor will show students how to do a simple stress analysis so that their rocket motors do not structurally fail.
On the last day of the class, students will test fire their rocket motor using Aerojet's original control panel, now installed at CP Technologies. This control panel was used to test fire solid rocket motors powering Polaris, Minuteman and MX missiles. After the test firings, students and their instructor will look at the measured chamber pressure as a function of time and compare it to their predictions. He will show students how to obtain a C-star combustion efficiency for their motor and how to obtain burn rate data from the test. At the end of the last day, students will receive a Solid Rocket Motor Designer Certificate.
People interested in the class should sign up as soon as possible as class size is restricted to about 7 students. More information on the class can be found at
Source: ROL Newswire Service