Project Readness Package
- Proposal Number
- Project Name
- METEOR Flying Rocket
- Project Number
- Start Term
- End Term
- Faculty Guide
- Dr. Kozak (ME)
- Customer organization
- RIT Electrical Engineering
- Customer contact information
- Dr. Patru
- Assistant Professor
- Principal sponsor
- Harris Corporation and Project METEOR
Project ContinuationThis will be a continuation of P06006 METEOR - Hybrid Rocket Engine Design and Testing. For a complete documentation of their design, please visit http://meteor.rit.edu. Related projects are those listed on the website under the Project METEOR Family of Projects, P07102 - P07110.
Project OverviewThis project will research and develop a flight ready, hybrid rocket stage. The nozzle and fuel grain geometries, the fuel to oxidizer ratio, the oxidizer flow rate, and the ignition system will be fetched from team P07105. The challange is to achieve a structure to propellant mass ratio of 1:10. The highest acceptable value for the latter ratio is 2:10.
|Discipline||Number of Students||Skills Required|
|ME||6||Ability to design mechanical structures and to perform thermal modeling and analysis.|
Continuation, Platform, or Building Block Project InformationThis will be a continuation of P06006 METEOR Hybrid Rocket Engine Design and Testing. For a complete documentation of their design, please visit http://meteor.rit.edu. Related projects are those listed on the website under the Project METEOR Family of Projects, P07102 - P07110.
Principle Sponsor or Sponsoring OrganizationProject METEOR is being sponsored through the Electrical Engineering Department, at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The project has also received a donation from Harris RF Corporation.
Detailed DescriptionThis project will research and develop a flight ready, hybrid rocket stage. It is expected that at least one stage will be successfully ground tested. The nozzle and fuel grain geometries, the fuel to oxidizer ratio, the oxidizer flow rate, and the ignition system will be fetched from team P07105. The challange is to achieve a structure to propellant mass ratio of 1:10. The highest acceptable value for the latter ratio is 2:10. The team will:
- Research materials that could potentially satisfy the design requirements.
- Develop several alternative concepts.
- Down select one concept. The selection process should be synchronized with team P07106, who designs the thrust vector control.
- Continue with detailed design which implies structural and thermal, paper and pencil and FEA analysis. This will most probably require several iterative steps.
- Manufacture and assemble the stage.
- Ground test the stage.
Customer NeedsThe primary need of the customer is a flight ready hybrid rocket stage with a structure to propellant ratio of 1:10. This can be achieved through an innovative and balanced design.
Customer DeliverablesA flight ready hybrid rocket stage.
Customer and Sponsor InvolvementThe team is expected to carry out the vast majority of their interactions with the Team Guide, Dr. Kozak. Dr. Patru will act as the customer on behalf of Project METEOR. He will meet weekly with the project manager and on a per need bases with the entire team.
The project has a significant research component and therefore the Guide and the consultants will be involved in the R&D effort of this project.
- The design shall comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The team's design project report should include references to, and compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
- The design shall comply with all applicable RIT Policies and Procedures. The team's design project report should include references to, and compliance with all applicable RIT Policies and Procedures.
- Wherever practical, the design should follow industry standard codes and standards. The team's design project report should include references to, and compliance with appropriate industry codes or standards.
- Specific Regulatory considerations (i.e. UL, IEEE, FDA, FCC, RIT)
- RIT Risk Management Office. Dr. Patru will take care of all necessary waivers and approvals. However, the team is responsible to notify the latter of such needs in a timely fashion. Note that the review process can take between four and ten weeks!!!
Project Budget and Special Procurement Processes
The Project has a budget of $ 10K, BUT ALL expenditures have to be reviewed and approved by Dr. Patru. The team is expected to generate an estimated budget by the time of the Concept Review, i.e. sixth week of school. This budget has been set to encourage the team to focus on quality. However, the team is expected to be creative and come up with the least expensive solutions which still meet the design specifications.
Intellectual Property ConsiderationsEverything associated with this project is public domain.
Engineering SpecificationsThe hybrid rocket stage needs to achive a structure to propellant mass ratio of 1:10.
Safety ConstraintsTesting will be performed exclusively within the concrete block house, following the latest version of the Test Site Manual. All team members are required to read and know the testing methodology and protocol.
Course DeliverablesThe following requirements complement or repeat the deliverables in the Course Deliverables Document. At the end of the project, the team is expected to deliver to the customer the following documents and materials:
1.List of Documentation Deliverables
- Computer generated mechanical 3D and 2D drawings, with necessary and sufficient text description, analysis and comments so that subsequently a person new to the project can understand, use and build a similar rocket engine.
- Simulation input and output files, with necessary and sufficient text description, analysis and comments so that subsequently a person new to the project can understand and use these results.
- All electronic files on a CD.
- A hybrid rocket stage manufacturing and assembly manual.
- Each team member is expected to record all work, throughout the quarter, in a personal bonded notebook. These will be left in the METEOR lab at the end of SDI and SDII. If a team member wants to keep his/her notebook, a scanned and printed copy is required instead.
- Any relevant external documentation should be printed, and kept in a three hole folder throughout the project duration. All this documentation will be placed in one large team folder at the end of SDII.
- Partial documentation deliverables are to be printed and placed in a team technical folder, which will reside in the METEOR lab.
2.List of Hardware Deliverables
One ground tested and two additional, ready to fly rocket stages.
Preliminary Work BreakdownTo be determined during the first SDI lecture.
Grading and Assessment SchemeBased on several criteria, as will be explained in the first lecture of the Senior Design class, a team grade is assigned. Individual grades are then adjusted, usually equal to, or +/- one letter grade.
Three-Week SDI ScheduleTo be presented during the first Senior Design lecture.
|Dr. Hensel||ME||Technical Consultant on structual and thermal analysis issues||Yes|
|Dr. Patru||EE||Technical Consultant on data acquisition and test procedures||Yes|
|METEOR Lab||EE 17-4100||Work Space/Storage||Yes|
|EE SD Lab||EE 09-3000||Work Space||Yes|
|ME Shop||ME 09-2360||Parts Manufacturing||Yes|
|Concrete Block House||Ward Road||Rocket Engine Testing||Yes|
The team members are expected to:
- Procure the materials needed for the project, excluding already available electronic components and small mechanical hardware.
- Follow the rules, policies and satisfy the requirements of each of the labs above.
- Buy at least a copy per team of Sutton's Propulsion textbook.