Cryogenic Fluid Management for Storage & Transfer of Liquid Propellants in Space

cryogenic fluid management course

  • New practical course, taught by a team of AIAA experts, covering a critical aspect of launch vehicle and spacecraft performance and mission success
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Liquid propulsion systems are critical to launch vehicle and spacecraft performance and mission success. This course, taught by a team of university, industry, and international experts, will cover important issues and processes associated with the storage and transfer of cryogenic propellant in space that will all play a crucial role in building and maintaining a space-based fuel depot system for refueling spacecraft in the future long-duration missions. Four main topics are covered as outlined below.

This course is intended for students, engineers, and managers involved in liquid propulsion component and system design, development, testing, analysis, program management, contracts or certification for flight.

Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
Course Level: Fundamentals
Course Length: 1 day
AIAA CEU's available: Yes

This course is also available on-demand. Register here.


  • Class 1: Cryogenic Propellant Tank Self-Pressurization and Active Pressure Control in 1G and Microgravity
  • Class 2: Propellant Slosh Dynamics
  • Class 3: Propellant Management &Liquid Acquisition Devices
  • Class 4: Surface Evolver for Space CFM Applications


Dr. Mohammad Kassemi is the director of the NASA GRC’s Advanced Research and Technology Service (ARTS) Contract at CWRU and serves as the Chief Scientist at the National Center for Space Exploration Research (NCSER) at Case and NASA GRC supporting fluids and combustion research aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He is the Principal Investigator of the Zero-Boil-Off Tank (ZBOT) experiments performed aboard the International Space Station investigating fundamental transport and phase change issues related to propellant tank pressurization and pressure control in microgravity. He has also been PI on 8 other experimental and computational Fluids and Materials peer-reviewed NRA awards. He is the recipient of the 2015 NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Award, the 2019 Astronautic Society’s ISS R&D Award, and the 2019 Space Flight Awareness Silver Snoopy Award for his contributions on “the effects of long-term microgravity on human health and on the performance of cryogenic propellant systems and materials processing in Space”. He is an Associate AIAA Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Biological and Physical Sciences in Space, and a governing board member of the American Society of Gravitational & Space Research (ASGSR).

Dr. Steven Collicott is a professor in aerospace engineering at Purdue University. His 33 years there have produced a variety of fluids research and teaching efforts, but he is best known these days for his zero-gravity fluids work in both Surface Evolver modeling and sub-orbital experimentation and in both applications and in the science of the underlying fluid physics. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow, past-president of ASGSR, member and former chair of the Sub-orbital Applications Researchers Group of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, served on the Science and Technology Advisory Panel of CASIS-ISSNL, and is concluding service on the National Academies’ CBPSS committee. In December 2021 he was selected by NASA’s Flight Opportunity Program as their first researcher funded to fly with an original experiment on the Virgin Galactic VSS Spaceship Unity.

Dr. Kei Philipp Behruzi is a Senior Expert in Fluid Mechanics at ArianeGroup in Bremen, Germany. Dr. Behruzi has 20 years of working experience at ArianeGroup in fluid mechanics in propellant tanks and is the focal point for the development and functional layout of cryogenic as well as non-cryogenic storage tanks. Dr. Behruzi developed PMDs and Phase Separation Technologies for cryogenic upper stages (LH2 and LOX) based on his own patents. He is the focal point concerning collaborating activities with Universities, Institutes, and other Industries. He conducts lectures for example at the University of Bremen, Technical University Munich, the Von Karman Institute (VKI) in Brussels, Belgium, the University of Cape Town, South Africa, AIAA Propulsion & Energy, and various conferences.

Mr. Nathan Andrews is a Program Manager of the Liquid Propulsion Group at Southwest Research Institute. His research interests and experience cover a wide range of applications to liquid propulsion systems. His programs address both storable and cryogenic propellant applications and include design, analysis and hardware testing programs for launch vehicles, moon landers, satellites, and other flight systems. His efforts have focused on modeling of liquid fueled launch vehicle pressurization systems, propellant slosh management and baffle design, microgravity and propellant management device (PMD) design, combustion, CFD, heat transfer analyses, and additive manufacturing for turbomachinery applications. Mr. Andrews is a Senior Member of AIAA and serves as the Vice President of the Liquid Propulsion Technical Committee.


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