Solid Rocket Motor Design & Applications Training
Solid Rocket Motor Design & Applications Training Course Description
This three-day Solid Rocket Motor Design & Applications Training provides a detailed look at the design of solid rocket motors (SRMs), a general understanding of solid propellant motor and component technologies, design drivers, critical manufacturing process parameters, sensitivity of system performance requirements on SRM design, reliability, and cost; and transportation and handling, and integration into launch vehicles and missiles. The general approaches used in the development of new SRMs are covered, including the methods used to balance customer vs. SRM manufacturer requirements, design and cost trade-studies, and timelines for the development and qualification of a SRM.
All types of SRMs are included, with emphasis on current motos for commercial and DoD/NASA launch vehicles such as LM Athena series, OSC GMD, Pegasus and Taurus series, MDA SM-3 series,strap-on motors for the Delta series, Titan V, and Ares / Constellation vehicle. The use of surplus military motors (Minuteman, Peacekeeper, etc.) for target and sensor development and university research is discussed. The course also introduces nano technologies (nano carbon fiber) and their potential use for NASA’s deep space missions.
• Solid rocket motor principles and key requirements.
• Motor design drivers and sensitivity on the design, reliability, and cost.
• Detailed propellant and component design features and characteristics.
• Propellant and component manufacturing processes.
• SRM/Vehicle interfaces, transportation, and handling considerations.
• Development approach for qualifying new SRMs.
With onsite Training, courses can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for you, and because they can be scheduled at your location, you don’t incur travel costs and students won’t be away from home. Onsite classes can also be tailored to meet your needs. You might shorten a 5-day class into a 3-day class, or combine portions of several related courses into a single course, or have the instructor vary the emphasis of topics depending on your staff’s and site’s requirements.
Introduction to Solid Rocket Motors (SRMs). SRM terminology and nomenclature, survey of types and applications of SRMs, and SRMcomponent description and characteristics.
SRM Design and Applications. Fundamental principles of SRMs, key performance and configuration parameters such as total impulse, specific impulse, thrust vs. motor operating time, size constraints; basic performance equations, internal ballistic principles, preliminary approach for designing SRMs; propellant combustion characteristics (instability, burning rate), limitations of SRMs based on the laws of physics, and comparison of solid to liquid propellant and hybrid rocket motors.
Sensitivity of SRM Requirements. Impact of customer/system imposed requirements on design, reliability, and cost; SRM manufacturer imposed requirements and constraints based on computer optimization codes and general engineering practices and management philosophy.
SRM Design Drivers and Technology Trade-Offs. Interrelationship of the performance parameters, component design trades versus cost and maturity of technology; exchange ratios and Rules of Thumb used in back-of-the envelope preliminary design evaluations.
Key SRM Component Design Characteristics and Materials. Detailed description and comparison of performance parameters and properties of solid propellants including composite (i.e., HTPB, PBAN, and CTPB), nitro-plasticized composites, and double based or cross-linked propellants and why they are used for different motor and/or vehicle objectives and applications; motor cases, nozzles, thrust vector control & actuation systems; motor initiation and flight termination devices and ordnance.
SRM Manufacturing/Processing Parameters. Description of critical manufacturing operations for propellant mixing, propellant loading into the SRM, propellant inspection and acceptance testing, and propellant facilities and tooling, and SRM components fabrication.
SRM Transportation and Handling Considerations. General understanding of requirements and solutions for transporting, handling, and processing different motor sizes and DOT propellant explosive classifications and licensing and regulations.
Launch Vehicle Interfaces, Processing and Integration. Key mechanical, functional, and electrical interfaces between the SRM and launch vehicle and launch facility. Comparison of interfaces for both strap-on and straight stack applications.
SRM Development Requirements and Processes. Approaches and timelines for developing new SRMs. Description of a demonstration and qualification program for both commercial and government programs. Impact of decisions regarding design philosophy (state-of-the-art versus advanced technology) and design safety factors. Motor sizing methodologyand studies (using computer aided design models). Customer oversight and quality program. Motor cost reduction approaches through design, manufacturing, and acceptance. Castor 120 motor development example.
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