Aircraft and Rocket Propulsion


Stanford School of Engineering

  • Fee:
    Fee may apply



This course is an introduction to the design and performance of airbreathing and rocket engines and the physical parameters used to characterize propulsion system performance.



Undergraduate background in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics

Topics include

  • Gas dynamics of nozzles and inlets
  • Cycle analysis of ramjets, turbojets, turbofans, and turboprops
  • Component matching and the compressor map
  • Introduction to liquid and solid propellant rockets
  • Multistage rockets
  • Hybrid rockets
  • Thermodynamics of reacting gases

Note on Course Availability

The course schedule is displayed for planning purposes – courses can be modified, changed, or cancelled. Course availability will be considered finalized on the first day of open enrollment. For quarterly enrollment dates, please refer to our graduate certificate homepage.

020 Winter 2018-19 Online

Enrollment Closed

Dates:January 8 - March 14, 2019
Days: Tue, Thu
Times:10:30 am - 11:50 am
Units: 3.00
Instructors: Brian Cantwell
Delivery Option:
For Credit $3,780.00 ?


Enrollment Dates: October 28 to December 10, 2018

This course may not currently be available to residents of certain states.