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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    Hybrid Rocket Propulsion


    The “Hybrid Rocket Propulsion” short course is essential for all professionals specializing in chemical propulsion. The mechanisms associated with hybrid combustion and propulsion is diverse and affect our abilities to successfully advance and sustain the development of hybrid technology. It is our ultimate goal to promote the science of hybrid rocketry which is safe enough to be used in both academia and the private sector. A historical demonstration of hybrid rocket capability is the 2004 X-prize winner SpaceShipOne. This technology can also be used in outreach activities when used in conjunction with hands-on design projects and payload launches that involve student teams. Practically, interest in hybrid rocketry can thus be translated into increased awareness in science and technology, thus helping to alleviate the persistent attrition in our technical workforce. This course reviews the fundamentals of hybrid rocket propulsion with special emphasis on application-based design and system integration, propellant selection, flow field and regression rate modeling, solid fuel pyrolysis, scaling effects, transient behavior, and combustion instability. Advantages and disadvantages of both conventional and unconventional vortex hybrid configurations are examined and discussed.

    Key Topics:

    • Introduction, Classification, Challenges, and Advantages of Hybrids
    • Similarity and Scaling Effects in Hybrid Rocket Motors
    • Flowfield Modeling of Classical and Non-Classical Hybrid Rockets
    • Solid Fuel Pyrolysis Phenomena and Regression Rate: Mechanisms & Measurement Techniques
    • Combustion Instability and Transient Behavior in Hybrid Rocket Motors
    • Metals, Other Energetic Additives, and Special Binders Used in Solid Fuels for Hybrid Rocket Applications

    Who Should Attend:

    This short-course is aimed at bringing together professionals with mutual interest in chemical combustion and propulsion, including modern techniques for measuring hybrid rocket performance, flame and flow field modeling, testing, and stability analysis. Our objective is to present and discuss fundamental theory alongside research findings with emphasis on unsolved problems, open questions, and benchmark tests. The course will provide a platform for learning and exchanging hybrid rocket experiences in the hope of stimulating further interactions and future collaborations.

    Course Information:

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    Course Level: Fundamentals/Intermediate

    Course scheduling available in the following formats:

    • Course at Conference
    • On-site Course
    • Stand-alone/Public Course

    Course Length: 2-3 days
    AIAA CEU's available: yes