Faculty Advisor

Medich, David Christopher

Abstract

This paper describes a project to design, analyze, and test an electromagnetic booster separation system for a high-powered model rocket. A first-principles model was derived for the system using magnetic theory for permanent magnets, electromagnetic theory of real finite coils, and circuit theory for a LRC discharge circuit. A prototype system for the coil and circuit was fabricated and tested, and the resulting design was found to successfully minimize the capacitance required, reducing the overall system mass. A finite element analysis was conducted to further prove the derived physics-based model. Results of this analysis and testing are presented, and recommendations for future work are given.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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