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Rocket Propulsion Department
Tasks of the Rocket Propulsion Department
In the Rocket Propulsion Department, fundamental processes in rocket engines are researched and new technologies for propulsion applications are developed.
Combustion Chamber Technology
The work conducted by this department revolves around combustion chamber processes and technologies for liquid rocket propulsion with cryogenic propellants LOX/hydrogen, LOX/methane, and storable propellants.
The Flows Group works on research about modelling flows in the expansion nozzle of a rocket propulsion and modelling the reactive two-stage flow in the combustion chamber in experimental studies.
The research priorities of the Structural Analysis Group are thermo-mechanical analysis, material behaviour under cyclic load changes, hydrogen embrittlement and the impact of reducing and oxidating flows on material properties.
The research group for Combustion Dynamics focusses on topics related to dynamical processes in rocket engines. These include the experimental investigation and modelling of combustion instabilities in thrust chambers and transient flow phenomena in propellant supply systems.
The diagnostics group adapts and develops measuring processes for use on research test facilities and on the large test facilities P3, P4 and P5.
The System Analysis Group is involved in the analysis and evaluation of space propulsion systems and their components with respect to the achievable system performance.
Head of Department
Testfälle RWTH Aachen
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