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Fundamentals of Rocket Propulsion

1st Edition

By DP Mishra

CRC Press

462 pages

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The book follows a unified approach to present the basic principles of rocket propulsion in concise and lucid form. This textbook comprises of ten chapters ranging from brief introduction and elements of rocket propulsion, aerothermodynamics to solid, liquid and hybrid propellant rocket engines with chapter on electrical propulsion. Worked out examples are also provided at the end of chapter for understanding uncertainty analysis. This book is designed and developed as an introductory text on the fundamental aspects of rocket propulsion for both undergraduate and graduate students. It is also aimed towards practicing engineers in the field of space engineering. This comprehensive guide also provides adequate problems for audience to understand intricate aspects of rocket propulsion enabling them to design and develop rocket engines for peaceful purposes.


"The main focus of the book is thermochemical rocket propulsion systems and the introductory chapters include a useful review of key aerothermodynamic principles. Subsequent chapters cover key performance parameters for thermochemical systems and details of nozzle flow as well as a chapter covering spacecraft flight analysis, including atmospheric launch vehicle analysis and basic orbit mechanics relating to propulsion.

Overall this is a very good undergraduate level text book covering basics of thermochemical rocket propulsion elements and introducing key principles of other rocket propulsion systems."

The Aeronautical Journal November 2018 Issue

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Basic Principle of Propulsion:

1.3 Brief History of Rocket Engine:

1.4 Classification of Propulsive Devices

1.5 Types of Rocket Engine

1.6 Applications of Rocket Engine

1.7 Review Questions

1.8 References and Suggested Readings

Chapter 2 Aerothermochemistry of Rocket Engine

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Basic Principles of Chemical Thermodynamics

2.3 Thermodynamic Laws

2.4 Reacting System

2.5 Basic Principles of Gas Dynamics

2.6 Review Questions

2.7 Problems

2.8 References and Suggested Readings

Chapter 3 Elements of Rocket Propulsion

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Ideal Rocket Engine

3.3 Thrust Equation of Rocket Engine

3.4 Rocket Performance Parameters

3.5 Review Questions

3.6 Problems

3.7 References

Chapter 4 Rocket Nozzle

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Basics of CD Nozzle Flow

4.3 CD Nozzle Geometry

4.4 Effect of Ambient Pressure

4.5 Advanced Rocket Nozzle

4.6 Thrust Vectoring Nozzles

4.7 Losses in Rocket Nozzle

4.8 Performance of Exhaust Nozzle

4.9 Thrust Coefficient

4.10 Review Questions

4.11 Problems

4.12 References and Suggested Readings

Chapter 5 Spacecraft Flight Performance

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Forces Acting on Vehicle

5.3 The Rocket Equation

5.4 Space Flight and its Orbit

5.5 Interplanetary Transfer Path

5.6 Single Stage Rocket

5.7 Multistage Rocket Engine

5.8 Review Questions

5.9 Problems

5.10 References and Suggested Readings

Chapter 6: Chemical Rocket Propellants

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Classification of Chemical Propellant

6.3 General Characteristics of Propellant

6.4 Solid Propellant

6.5 Liquid Propellants

6.6 Gel Propellants

6.7 Hybrid Propellants

6.8 Review Questions

6.9 References and Suggested Readings

Chapter 7: Solid Propellant Rocket Engine

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Basic Configuration

7.3 Physical Processes of Solid Propellant Burning

7.4 Burning Mechanism of Solid Propellant

7.5 Measurement of Propellant Burning/Regression Rate

7.6 Thermal Model for Solid Propellant Burning

7.7 Solid Propellant Rocket Engine Operation

7.8 Internal Ballistics of SPR Engine

7.9 Propellant Grain Configuration

7.10 Evolution of Burning Surface

7.11 Ignition System

7.12 Modeling of Flow in a Side Burning Grain of Rocket Engine

Chapter 8: Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine

8.1 Introduction

8.2 Basic Configuration

8.3 Types of Liquid Propellant Rocket (LPR) Engines

8.4 Combustion of Liquid Propellant

8.5 Combustion Chamber Geometry

8.6 Combustion Instabilities in LPRE

8.7 Ignition System

8.8 Cooling System

8.9 Heat Transfer Analysis for Cooling System

8.10 Review Questions

8.11 Problems

Chapter 9: Hybrid Propellant Rocket Engine

9.1 Introduction

9.2 Combustion Chamber

9.3 Propellants for HPRE

9.4 Grain Configuration

9.5 Combustion of Hybrid Propellant

9.6 Ignition of Hybrid Propellant

9.7 Combustion Instability in HPRE

9.8 Review Questions

9.9 Problems

Chapter 10: Liquid Propellant Injection System

10.1 Introduction

10.2 Atomization Process

10.3 Injector Elements

10.4 Design of Injector Elements

10.5 Performance of Injector

10.6 Injector Distributor

10.7 Injector Manifold

10.8 Liquid Propellant Feed System

10.9 Turbo-pump Feed System

10.10 Review Questions

10.11 Problems

Chapter 11: Non-chemical Rocket Engine

11. 1 Introduction

11.2 Basic Principles of Electrical Rocket Engine

11.3 Electrothermal Thrusters

11.4 Electrostatic Thrusters

11.5 Electromagnetic Thruster

11.6 Nuclear Rocket Engine

11.7 Solar Energy Rockets

11.8 Review Questions

11.9 Problems

About the Author

Dr. D.P. Mishra is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, Kanpur, India where he was instrumental in establishing a combustion laboratory. He currently holds the Indian Oil Golden Jubilee Professional Chair in IIT Kanpur. He was a Visiting Professor in 2002 at the Tokyo-Denki University, Japan. His areas of research interest include combustion, computational fluid dynamics, atomization, etc. He is the recipient of the Young Scientist Award in 1991 from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. He was conferred the INSA-JSPS Fellowship in 2002. In recognition of his research, Dr. Mishra received the Sir Rajendranath Mookerjee Memorial Award from the Institution of Engineers (India). Dr. Mishra is a recipient of the Samanta Chadrasekhar Award for his contributions to science and technology. For technological contribution for the common people, he has been conferred with the Vikash Prerak Sanman in 2010. Currently he is serving as an Assistant Editor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Elsevier, USA. Besides this, he also serves as an editorial board member of Journal of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Taylor & Francis, and International Journal of Turbo and Jet engines. Dr. Mishra has six Indian patents and around 200 research papers in refereed Journals and in conference proceedings to his credit. He has authored a textbook titled "Fundamentals of Combustion", published by Prentice Hall of India, New Delhi. Two other text books on "Experimental Combustion" and "Engineering Thermodynamics" have been published by Taylor and Francis, USA and Cengage India Pvt Ltd., New Delhi, respectively. He has published a text book titled as "Gas turbine propulsion" (MV Learning, New Delhi/London). He is also serving as a managing trustee of the International Foundation of Humanistic Education.

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