Blandino, John J.
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
All authors have granted to WPI a nonexclusive royalty-free license to distribute copies of the work, subject to other agreements. Copyright is held by the author or authors, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.