Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

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Authors' Class Standing

Ankit Rukhaiyar, Junior Collin Topolski, Junior

Lead Presenter's Name

Ankit Rukhaiyar

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr Patrick Currier

Abstract

The Engineering Physics Propulsion Laboratory (EPPL) student team lead by Dr. Sergey Drakunov and Dr. Patrick Currier, has been working on the design, development, and construction of a Thruster Test Stand (TTS) in the College of Arts and Science. The TTS is a tool developed for a NASA STTR Phase II project titled “The World is Not Enough (WINE): Harvesting Local Resources for Eternal Exploration of Space” currently conducted in EPPL.

This is a joint project of Honeybee Robotics, ERAU and UCF. It will allow the EPPL student team to measure the thrust, temperature, pressure, exhausted velocity, frequencies, and electrical loads on any kind of propulsion unit. Currently, cold gas propulsion is being tested with plans to develop and test a steam-based and chemical-based propulsion system. Current and future research to be conducted in optimizing the design parameters and conduct practical tests of the thrusters are being pursued at the University from several different departments, including the COAS, the COA, & the COE. The TTS is designed to be modular towards many different propulsion systems. The modularity on the design will allow all students involved in research related to propulsion and control thrusters to utilize the test stand and gather data on their projects. The TTS frame components are design to increase the stability and rigidity to minimize noise and unwanted natural frequencies on the readings.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Ignite Grant

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Engineering Physics Propulsion Lab Thruster Test Stand - TTS

The Engineering Physics Propulsion Laboratory (EPPL) student team lead by Dr. Sergey Drakunov and Dr. Patrick Currier, has been working on the design, development, and construction of a Thruster Test Stand (TTS) in the College of Arts and Science. The TTS is a tool developed for a NASA STTR Phase II project titled “The World is Not Enough (WINE): Harvesting Local Resources for Eternal Exploration of Space” currently conducted in EPPL.

This is a joint project of Honeybee Robotics, ERAU and UCF. It will allow the EPPL student team to measure the thrust, temperature, pressure, exhausted velocity, frequencies, and electrical loads on any kind of propulsion unit. Currently, cold gas propulsion is being tested with plans to develop and test a steam-based and chemical-based propulsion system. Current and future research to be conducted in optimizing the design parameters and conduct practical tests of the thrusters are being pursued at the University from several different departments, including the COAS, the COA, & the COE. The TTS is designed to be modular towards many different propulsion systems. The modularity on the design will allow all students involved in research related to propulsion and control thrusters to utilize the test stand and gather data on their projects. The TTS frame components are design to increase the stability and rigidity to minimize noise and unwanted natural frequencies on the readings.

 

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