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HYBRID PROJECT UPDATE



19/08/2009

HYBRID PROJECT UPDATE
Phase two testing on our Eco-Friendly hybrid rocket engine project
has been completed. The “large” engine has performed flawlessly
over two campaigns of 12 tests where the full thrust of 1000 kgf
has been exceeded. The nominal burn time for each test was 8
seconds. Fuels tested were;

1) High Density Polythene HDPE (white)
2) High Density Polythene HDPE (black)
3) Polypropylene
4) Acrylic / Perspex
5) HTPB / Recycled Car Tyre mix (30%)
6) HTPB / Aluminium mix (10%)
7) HTPB (original fuel for comparison)
8) Ultra High Molecular Weight Polythene (UHMWPE)

Exhaust gasses from all the above have been captured and
transferred to an independent laboratory for analysis.



HYBRID PROJECT UPDATE



27/05/2009

Incorporating aluminium into the fuel matrix for test firing 7 was
particularly spectacular as the burning metal in contact with the
High Test Peroxide provided quite a firework display. Despite the
pyrotechnics however, the small engine and test equipment
remained totally intact.

Starchaser’s R&D team are currently gearing up for candidate fuel
number 9 which is the ultra high molecular weight polythene that
will also be combusted in a stream of decomposing High Test
Peroxide.




HYBRID PROJECT UPDATE



21/05/2009

Phase one testing on our Eco-Friendly hybrid rocket engine project
has been completed. A full report is available in the member’s
area. Phase two is now underway which includes the testing of
eight different fuels in our “small” hybrid engine.

Fuels currently under evaluation include HTPB rubber, white
polythene, polythene + carbon, polypropylene, HTPB + tyre rubber,
HTPB + aluminium, acrylic and ultra high molecular weight
polythene. In each case a sample of exhaust gases are being
trapped and analysed. The most environmentally friendly fuels will
then be further tested in the one tonne thrust engine.




SITUATIONS VACANT



20/05/2009

Due to continued expansion we now have full and part time
vacancies within our Educational Outreach programme for
enthusiastic science communicators.



HYBRID PROJECT UPDATE



13/05/2009

The first test of our Eco friendly hybrid rocket engine took place on
the 25th February. Test results showed good resolution and the
one tonne equivalent thrust engine performed well. The engine was
then refuelled and fired again on the 4th and 11th March. At least
one further firing is planned before the equipment is used to
validate alternative fuel sources.





PHYSICS WITH SPACE TECHNOLOGY OPEN DAY



13/05/2009

An open day was held within the School of Science Computing and
Engineering at Salford University on Wednesday 18th February.
The day showcased the Physics with Space Technology Degree
Course to around 50 potential students... Please click here to
continue reading and for images.

For course details please click here LINK TO PDF

Proceedings will commence at 1pm in the Newton Building with
the programme as follows;

1pm - Arrival and refreshments

1:30pm - Physics at Salford - A presentation on the physics
curriculum offered at Salford by Head of Physics Prof. Ian
Morrison.

2:00pm - The Starchaser Story - A presentation of the past,
present and future of Starchaser by Steve Bennett describing
opportunities to work on Starchaser projects during the Space
Technology course.

2:30pm - A tour of the Physic’s facilities including the Space
Technology Laboratory, where hands on demonstration of potential
project areas will be presented.

3:30pm - close.


HYBRID PROJECT UPDATE



08/01/2009

We are pleased to report that our 1 tonne equivalent thrust hybrid
engine is now complete.

The fuel grains have been created and the catalyst pack has been
heat treated and installed. Flow rate calibration testing using
deionised water has now begun and these will be followed by hot
firings within a few weeks.

A full gallery of images are in the members area.



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