Short Range Rocket Design and Simulation

McMohan, Liam (2013). Short Range Rocket Design and Simulation Honours Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author McMohan, Liam
Thesis Title Short Range Rocket Design and Simulation
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Michael Creagh
Total pages 74
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
The process of designing short range rockets is complicated and time consuming. There is potential to decrease the time required to generate these rockets by creating a standard model that can be adapted for different requirements of payload and range. This research aims to create a simple short range rocket design which can be tested in a simulated environment.

Elements of Rocket Design including fuel selection, dimensional requirements, mass, and nozzle design were researched in order to gain an understanding of the most suitable design for short range rockets. Following determination of the most suitable rocket aspects the design was modelled in a rocket simulation program; CADAC.

The modelling of the rocket in the CADAC simulation allowed capabilities of the rocket design to be determined. The rocket was simulated in 4, 3-DoF simulations and one 5-DoF simulation. The rocket was found to be capable of hitting targets up to distances of greater than 10km away from its launch point as well as performing manoeuvres to change its altitude and heading angle to reach target.

This is the first step in generating a standard short range rocket design that can be varied according to input parameters. Further research needs to be done following this thesis to develop this into a generic model that can be adapted for various input parameters. This will simplify the design of short range rockets in the future.
Keyword Short Range Rocket

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