This paper presents enhancements to a propulsion demonstrator that illustrates how a rocket works. The operation of the original system is manual and collection and display of useful data is not possible. The updated system consists of the following major components: (1) a computercontrolled ignition mechanism; (2) a programmable valve that allows control of oxygen flow during the ignition phase and throughout the demonstration process; (3) temperature and pressure sensors inside the rocket chamber to monitor the behavior of the system and allow computation of resulting thrust; and (4) a data acquisition board for interfacing the various components. The system can be assembled in five minutes and is fully controlled by software via push buttons in a LabVIEW™ programming environment. This paper documents the major system components and discusses test results.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - Sep 24 2013|
|Event||120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - Atlanta, GA, United States|
Duration: Jun 23 2013 → Jun 26 2013
|Other||120th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition|
|Period||6/23/13 → 6/26/13|
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