P19105: Hybrid Engine Test Stand
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Integrated System Build & Test

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Project Recap

A hybrid rocket engine is a device that is used to propel an object, generally a rocket, to a user specified point in the atmosphere. The engine can achieve this by converting the chemical energy of the propellants into thermal energy, and ultimately converting that into mechanical energy that imparts a change in momentum on the rocket. The hybrid engine differs from other engines because of the fact it uses a liquid oxidizer, with a separate solid fuel. Separating the fuels makes it inherently safer to store and operate than a traditional liquid or solid motor. The purpose of this project is to build a custom hybrid engine test stand for RIT Launch Initiative to launch a rocket to 30,000 feet at the 2019 Intercollegiate Rocketry and Engineering Competition (IREC). The test stand must be built to withstand the pressure and thrust of the rocket, as well as the cold and hot fire tests that the rocket must go through in order to be launch ready. It must be safe to handle, reusable, high performing, environmentally friendly, and comply with all IREC and government regulations. By year's end, the engine must be ready for tests like the static hot hire test, cold flow test, proof pressure test and system leak test in the bunker on RIT’s campus.

Team Vision for Integrated System Build & Test Phase

During this phase, the team worked to finalize tests on the individual subsystems, as well as begin integration and running testes with the integrated systems. Late deliveries on products has caused this section to be slightly delayed.

In particular, the team focused on:

Progress Report

Mechanical System Updates

Mechanical System Next Steps

Electrical and DAQ Systems Updates

Mechanical System Assembly Updates

Test Stand Part Updates

Test Stand Part Updates

Electrical System Assembly and Test Results

Main Wiring Diagram

Main Wiring Diagram

Physical Wiring and Sensor Connection

Physical Wiring and Sensor Connection

Mass Flow Rate Sensor 50lbs Test - LabView

Mass Flow Rate Sensor 50lbs Test - LabView

Accelerometer Data and Plot Test 1

Accelerometer Data and Plot Test 1

Accelerometer Data and Plot Test 2

Accelerometer Data and Plot Test 2

Risk and Problem Tracking

Final Risk Assessment

Final Risk Assessment

Functional Demo Materials

Integrated Systems Build and Test Presentation

Plans for next phase

Individual Completed Goals and New Goals

Team Member Name Subsystem Build & Test Three Week Goals Next Phase Three Week Goals

Josiah Klossner

Julian Caputo

Nevin Matthew

Avinash Ananth

Xavier Tarr

Stelios Moisidis

Integrated System Three Week Goal - Josiah

Integrated System Three Week Goal - Julian

Integrated System Three Week Goal - Nevin

Integrated System Three Week Goal - Avinash

Integrated System Three Week Goal - Xavier

Integrated System Three Week Goal - Stelios

Final Three Week Goal - Josiah

Final Three Week Goal - Julian C

Final Three Week Goal - Nevin

Final Three Week Goal - Avinash

Final Three Week Goal - Xavier

Final Three Week Goal - Stelios


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