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Strength Analysis of a Micro-Rocket Combustion Chamber

  • Erin E. Noonan (a1), Christopher S. Protz (a1), Yoav P. Peles (a1) and S. Mark (a1)


This paper presents the fabrication, testing and analysis of the MIT micro-rocket combustion chamber structure. The structure is a rocket chamber with a closed throat and pressure feeds. It is fabricated with the same processes as the full micro-rocket builds. Mechanical test results are correlated with inspection of failed devices for flaws and with finite element modeling of the test condition. This analysis provides recommendations for modifications to improve the strength of the micro-rocket chamber. These recommendations are discussed in the context of the current status of the micro-rocket.



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