P19105: Hybrid Engine Test Stand


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Project Overview:

  • Our team is developing a test stand system to perform a static thrust test on a hybrid rocket motor generating up to 1300lbf of thrust.
    • We decided on an aluminum test stand, that has the structural integrity to withstand these forces.
    • Our test stand will interface with an engine developed by RIT Launch Initiative rocketry club
  • There are many benefits to the aluminum test stand.
    • Application of electronics and sensors becomes much more feasible.
    • It makes product costs extremely lower, while still providing safety and stability.
    • Less mechanical complexity with the ability to implement electrical sensors and controllers.
  • Major Project Goals
    • Completed design and build of a custom hybrid rocket engine test stand.
    • Successful engine test fire(s) by the end of April 2019.
    • Completion of detailed technical report documenting engine test stand designs.
  • Engine Test Stand Subsystem:
    • Analysis
    • Structures
    • Power
    • Controller
    • Feed System
  • Design Specifications:
    • Assumed total vehicle weight capacity for design of test stand: 140 lbs
    • Vehicle Max Diameter: 7.5 in
    • Designed to a maximum engine thrust of 1300lbf with a factor of safety (FOS) of 5

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Project Name
Hybrid Engine Test Stand
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Aerospace Systems
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Faculty Guide
Art North, contact
Primary Customer
RIT Launch
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT Launch Initiative, contact

Team Members

From left to right: Mathew, Josiah, Stelios, Julian, Avinash

From left to right: Mathew, Josiah, Stelios, Julian, Avinash

Member Major Role Contact
Nevin Mathew Mechanical Engineering Lead Mechanical Engineer njm6575@rit.edu
Avinash Ananth Industrial and Systems Engineering Project Manager axa4979@rit.edu
Josiah Klossner Mechanical Engineering Design and Test Engineer jmk2739@rit.edu
Stelios Moisidis Electrical Engineering Electrical and Controls Engineer sam5816@rit.edu
Xavier Tarr Electrical Engineering Electrical and Controls Engineer xwt6090@rit.edu
Julian Caputo Mechanical Engineering Structural Integrity Engineer jdc6765@rit.edu

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Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

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