Aircraft and Rocket Propulsion


Stanford School of Engineering



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

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