Post by nextsuborbital on Apr 9, 2016 10:35:56 GMT -5
Hey guys. I'm new as you guys should have seen. I'm Nick i live in The netherlands. And i have a question. I would really like to build in the future Hybrid an Liquid rocket engines. And after that i would like to start something like CopenhagenSuborbitals. But my question is: How/Where do i start learning how to build Hybrid and Liquid rocket engines? And every thing about safety.
Post by britishrocket on Jul 11, 2016 4:15:52 GMT -5
It is a really big question you are asking, but a totally pertinent one. I would get hold of a copy of a book called "Rocket Propulsion Elements" by GP Sutton. This is a really good introduction to the engineering of rockets and will help to explain the principles of how they work. It is also a very practical book and will demystify the process of actually building them. Try to get an earlier edition if you can. Those ones were printed when rocketry will still in it's relative infancy, and the work the major players were doing was not so very different to what we are doing here. RPE will cover a lot on safety too. Reading it will get you asking the right questions, and in a better position to understand the answers.
The internet is an excellent resource, especially the NASA technical reports server. There are literally thousands of technical papers treating every aspect of rocket engineering. Some rather daunting for the beginner, but you will soon start to understand them. The NASA Special Publications or SP's are available here too, and they are indispensible sources of information on rocket motor design. The best one in my opinion is SP125, which is "Modern Engineering for the Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines" by Huzel and Huang. Hardback copies demand high prices, but you can download it from the NASA TRS.
In the Netherlands there is a student rocket effort at the TU Delft, they built a liquid rocket engine called Deimos and they have also done hybrids too, as far as I know. They are definitely worth getting in touch with.
Finally, inspiration on this site will come from the work of Anders Johannsen and stevep. Keep posting and asking questions.