Instrumentation, control and Torch Ignition Systems development for LOX/Methane propulsion research

Jesus Betancourt-Roque, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

A liquid propulsion research facility has been developed at the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research at The University of Texas at El Paso. This facility has capabilities for producing up to 25 liters of Liquid Methane, feeding LOX/Methane propellants to 100 N class thrusters and conducting automated steady state and pulsing combustion experiments. This work describes the design, development and testing process of the Data Acquisition and Remote Control System developed to integrate an Altitude Simulation System, a Cryogenic Delivery System, and multiple rocket combustors and thrusters. A Torch Ignition System development is detailed as well as the evaluation process to characterize optimum operation when integrated to a Multi-purpose Combustor Test Rig. ^

Subject Area

Engineering, Aerospace|Engineering, Mechanical

Recommended Citation

Betancourt-Roque, Jesus, "Instrumentation, control and Torch Ignition Systems development for LOX/Methane propulsion research" (2012). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1512547.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1512547

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