Faculty Advisor

Blandino, John J.

Abstract

This paper describes the design, analysis, assembly of two High-Powered Model Rockets. A numerical analysis of the motor was completed to investigate the equilibrium reaction and calculate the temperature distribution in the motor. These results were used to estimate rocket performance. Both black powder separation charges and a spring-loaded ejection mechanism were investigated. Aerodynamic loads, spin stabilization, and the rocket trajectory were evaluated using a combination of custom numerical models as well as standard computational fluid dynamic tools. The design of an innovative, three-blade autorotation recovery system and flight control surfaces for spin stabilization is also presented. Finally, data from a successful test launch of the conventional rocket is presented.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2020-04-07

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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