Video Caption: We (as students at UC San Diego) designed, built, and tested a rocket engine test stand that can be used to test various liquid rocket fuel mixtures. The test stand was brought to Friends of Amateur Rocketry in the Mojave Desert, California, where the static fire test was conducted. Our research team manufactured biofuel to test the performance against the industry standard (kerosene-based) RP-1.
A presentation of the work will be featured at the 15th Reinventing Space Conference, 2017.
Supervisor: Dr Steve Harrington
Assistant: Victor Gandarillas
Members of the team:
Harrison Box, Justin Laughlin, Trevor Irwin, Claude-Henry Djongoue, Zoe Warp, Irani Tinio, David Cruz, Joe McMinn, Roy Barnea, Kenny Wong, Nick Lopez, Andy Kieatiwong, Elizabeth Maher
Video Caption: BPM-5 engine test day
the 4th of February 2017
As something new, we used our pressurisation system actively by changing the engine chamber pressure along the way. We tried to keep the O/F ratio constant and change the feed pressure so the chamber pressure would increase.
We would then be able to map the O/F ratio and chamber pressure with just a few tests.
by Copenhagen Suborbitals