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IN02119760, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0526, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AEROSPACE PROPULSION
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge DANIELE PAVARIN ING-IND/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/07 Aerospatial Propulsion 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/09/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 a.a. 2016/17 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 PAVARIN DANIELE (Presidente)
BARATO FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic Mathematic course and Basic Physic course.
Target skills and knowledge: Basic knowledge on gasdynamic feature necessary to understand and model solid rocket system.
Knowledge of basic physic principle of chemical rockets.
Capability of performing a preliminary design of a chemical rocket.
Examination methods: The exam is divided into two parts, a written section and an oral section.
The written section is composed of three tests. The first test will be on fundamenatl issues whcih must be understood in order to pass the exam. The second test is on generalized gasdynamics. The third part is on rocket design. The oral section is divided into two parts. The first part is focused on the review of the written section. The second part concerns the remaining of the program which has not been previously discussed.
Assessment criteria: The exam is focused on verifying the capability of the student of using its knowledge in understanding physical problem and in setting up a preliminary design of a propulsion system.
Teh student will have available books and notes helping in in facing the physical problem presented.
Course unit contents: General introduction about rockets, rocket performance parameters, TSIOLKOVSKY’s equation and its implications, general equation of a vehicle propelled by a rocket system, generalized one-dimensional gasdynamics, one-dimensional isoentropic flow through a convergent-divergent nozzle, Fanno’s flow, Rayleight’s flow, introduction to gas behavior in high temperature conditions, equilibrium and non-equilibrium conditions, fundamentals of thermochemistry, real nozzle behavior. Solid Rockets: general overview of solid rockets, general equations, regression rate low and parameters of influence, propellants, ignition. Liquid Rockets: general overview of liquid rockets, general equations, injection, pressurization systems.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Lessons
- Seminars
Additional notes about suggested reading: More informations are available at!propuls-course/c1w97
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • R.W. Humble, G. N. Henry, and W. J. Larson., Space Propulsion Analysis and Design. New York, NY,: he McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., USA,, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. P. Sutton., Rocket Propulsion Elements. New York, NY,: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M Zucrow, Aircraft & Missile Propulsion, Volume 1,2:. --: --, --.
  • Luigi De Luca., Problemi Energetici in Propulsione Aerospaziale,. Politecnico di Milano.: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo