Turbomachinery for Emerging Space Applications: Liquid Rocket Propulsion – Online Short Course (Starts Sept 22, 2021) 22 September - 29 October 2021 Online

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  • From September 22 – October 29, 2021 (6 Weeks, 12 Lectures, 24 Hours)
  • Every Wednesday and Friday at 1300-1500 Eastern Time (all sessions will be recorded and available for replay; course notes will be available for download)
  • All students will receive an AIAA Certificate of Completion at the end of the course


The design of liquid rocket engines requires careful considerations to ensure that mission requirements can be met safely. This 24-hour course will cover an introduction to the interdisciplinary design of turbomachinery components within their corresponding systems in the context of liquid rocket engines. Focus will be made on theory and will be illustrated with practical examples throughout the course, including through follow-along portions where attendees will be able to model cycles, perform turbine conceptual design, and more using the AxSTREAM® platform. Relevant topics include rocket cycles, turbine, pump, secondary flow, and rotor dynamics.

 Learning Objectives 

  • Going from mission requirements to turbopump design
  • Liquid rocket engine cycles
  • Understanding how turbopumps fit into a launcher vehicle
  • Modeling fluid properties
  • Designing subsonic and supersonic axial turbines for space application
  • Designing cryogenic pumps for the propellants involved
  • Specificities of rocket pumps compared to industrial ones
  • Understanding system behavior when all turbopump parts are coupled
    • Secondary flows
    • Rotordynamics
  • Benefits of flexible, integrated, multi-disciplinary design software
Who Should Attend: This course is intended for students, engineers, and managers involved or interested in the aero-thermodynamic and structural design of liquid propulsion turbomachinery components as well as how they fit in the rocket through their relevant systems.

Course Fees (Sign-In To Register)
- Non-Member Price: $1195 USD
- AIAA Member Price: $995 USD
- AIAA Student Member Price: $495 USD
Course Outline
1.1 Overview of liquid rocket engines and propulsive cycles | 4 hours
1.1.1 Requirements for development of liquid propulsion systems
1.1.2 Development of preliminary concept of launcher for specific payload and orbit
1.1.3 Propulsive cycle options
1.1.4 Fluid properties modeling
1.1.5 Follow-along examples of modeling rocket engines in AxCYCLE™ (part of AxSTREAM® platform)

1.2 Turbine design theory for rockets | 8 hours
1.2.1 Turbomachinery design philosophy and process
1.2.2 General axial turbine design theory
1.2.3 Turbine specificities based on selected cycle (including sub- and supersonic turbines)
1.2.4 Detailed design and requirements for turbines for liquid rocket engines (LRE)
1.2.5 Follow-along conceptual design of a turbine for the RL-10 engine in AxSTREAM®

1.3 Cryogenic pump design | 6 hours
1.3.1 Centrifugal pump design theory
1.3.2 Specificities of pumps for rocket applications (including inducers, splitters and axial-flow pumps)
1.3.3 Detailed design and requirements for pumps for liquid propulsion
1.3.4 Follow-along conceptual design of a pump for the RL-10 engine in AxSTREAM®

1.4 Turbopump secondary flows | 2 hours
1.4.1 Turbopump configuration selection
1.4.2 Secondary flow modeling
1.4.3 Hydraulic losses and leakages determination
1.4.4 Axial force balancing

1.5 System-level rotor dynamics | 3 hours
1.5.1 Importance of rotor dynamics evaluation
1.5.2 Bearing elements commonly found in LRE
1.5.3 Basics of lateral and torsional rotor dynamic analyses

1.6 Example of automated preliminary design of LRE turbopump | 1 hour
Classroom hours / CEUs: 24 classroom hours / 2.4 CEU/PDH
Course Delivery and Materials
  • The course lectures will be delivered via Zoom. You can test your connection here: https://zoom.us/test
  • All sessions will be available on-demand within 1-2 days of the lecture. Once available, you can stream the replay video anytime, 24/7. All slides will be available for download after each lecture.
  • No part of these materials may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted, unless for course participants. All rights reserved.
  • Between lectures, the instructors will be available via email for technical questions and comments.
Mr. Clement Joly is a Senior Manager at SoftInWay and has been with the company since January 2013. He received his Master’s Degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Polytech ’Orleans in France and attended engineering classes at Wichita State University in Kansas (USA). Mr. Joly specializes in traditional and emerging technologies linked to turbomachinery components and systems.
Dr. Vlad Goldenberg joined SoftInWay after completing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His doctoral research involved the development of a novel aerodynamic synthesis method for a centrifugal compressor stage, and integrated CFD with optimization, AI, and machine learning. His other research involved novel heat pump modeling and optimization, and flow and heat transfer in porous media, with applications in heat transfer enhancement. Vlad’s research interests are in the areas of computation and modeling of thermal and fluid systems to solve complex engineering problems. Vlad has been a practitioner of turbomachinery analysis and design for over a decade. He implemented analysis methods on axial power generation gas turbines and steam turbines, also involving complete thermal engineering on the entire power generating process. He also developed centrifugal compressors for HVAC chillers, incorporating thermal modeling of the cycle into the design of the flow path, culminating in preliminary design through a full CFD analysis of compressor stages. Vlad holds B.S. degrees from UC Berkeley, M.S. from the University of St. Thomas, and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.