Design, Commissioning and Control System of a Hybrid Rocket Test Cell

R. Wilkinson, K. Hart, R. Day

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    Abstract

    A rocket-motor test cell, capable of carrying out instrumented firings of hybrid and composite motors of up to 5kN (1100lb) thrust and up to 8 feet in length, has been installed at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. The key features and requirements of the design are described, especially with regard to the hazards considered. Details of the control system design are also discussed. The paper details the safety features, interlocks and operational safety considerations incorporated, then concludes with a discussion of the operational experience gained over more than sixty firings of all types, a review of the modifications made and how the design and implementation might have been improved in light of this experience.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProcs 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conf & Exhibit
    PublisherAIAA
    Volume2010
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conf & Exhibit - Nashville, United States
    Duration: 25 Jul 201028 Jul 2010

    Conference

    Conference46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conf & Exhibit
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityNashville
    Period25/07/1028/07/10

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