Courtesy of AeroRocket
The RMTS is fabricated from 6061-T6 aluminum using 3/4" thick plate for the rocket motor mounting components of the main chassis. The rocket motor translation plate is supported by two pairs of linear bushings which slide on two precision steel shafts. Shaft alignment is maintained by two 2" square shaft support members bolted to a 1/4" thick x 19 5/8" long x 12" wide plate. The 1/4" plate is bolted to two 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 25 1/2" wood beams mounted on two concrete blocks. Rocket motor thrust is measured by a Celtron single-point load cell with a rated safe overload of 331 pounds. A 12 volt, 4 AH lead-acid battery is used to excite the strain gage circuitry in the load cell. The Celtron load cell has a full scale output of 2.0 mV/V. Finally, a DATAQ Instruments data acqusition module is used to record the thrust-time waveform to a laptop computer located 100 feet from the RMTS. The DATAQ data acqusition module is a 12 bit, 2 channel A/D converter and was selected because it was inexpensive ($99.00) and could easily connect to the RS-232 serial port on a standard laptop computer. In addition, if required this 2 channel device can be used to measure any two combinations of thrust, temperature and pressure.
Bruccoleri Graph I284 Motor
Hybrid test stand
At the moment the DSC stand doubles as both a test stand for liquids
solids. Another test stand is being produced right now from the same
drawings to make sure liquid and solid work won't interfere.
The stand has taken the 14 kN thrust of DSC's largest liquid engine
damage and with different instrumentation it has worked equally well with
100 N solids. It was designed and built by Danish Space Challenge in 1999.
Since DSC doesn't have permanent test facilities the equipment is built
be mobile and easily set up. For powerful motors and engines a 1200 liter
water tank is used for anchoring with wires to spikes in the ground. For the
smaller stuff bolting the stand to an auto trailer suffices.
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Gimbaled engine firing in Mojave desert. The Gimbal system worked well.
Hydraulic cylinders with solenoid valves were used to move the engine using
fuel pressure and slide pots were used to monitor position. The system
was controlled via a laptop computer using LabView
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PVC Hybrid Tank and Sugar/Epoxy Motor
Maree.Warren "at" xtra.co.nz
Test stand is used to test our AP/Polyurethane formulations. It's held
up vertical by a PVC pipe and wooden centreing ring, it's held up vertical
in case of the nozzle blow out so the nozzle doesn't hit anything (or
anyone). Uses a pressure transducer the measure chamber pressure and that
is in turn used to calculate Motor thrust and Isp etc on a spreesheet.
The pressure transducer is a MSP-400 2K5, good for 2500 psi. The great
thing is I don't need an amp for the transducer. The equation was given
to me in a manual I read on using the transducer in a strand burner. I
machined the bulkhead and brass tube and transducer adaptor on my lathe,
the gas flow at the bulkhead is reasonably static compared to the nozzle
end, so the chamber pressure pressurises the air in between the chamber
and transducer, that air heats up, that's why the long tube is made from
brass in order to absorb that heat. The transducers port is protected
by a 40mm layer of Vaseline (although I use DAX WAX because I find it
more viscous and gives better resolution in the data). I have fired this
set up in a "K" 1600Ns motor, straight after firing the transducer
is barely Luke warm. I use this set up to test my own experimental formulation,
based on either Ammonium Perchlorate and polyurethane or silicone rubber
based propellants, these are all for just my general hobby use. I am currently
working on an "M" motor 8,600Ns The engine is buried as usual,
although the Transducer is covered by an aluminium "strut" that
covers the transducer and diverts the thrust away into the ground. Here's
a picture of a thrust curve of H120 engine and the K motor firing.
Matthias.Grosse "at" energetix.org
Hybrid Rocket Motor Test Stand Motor: Polyisoprene
fuming nitric acid
The testbed motor was a simplified version of the HERA motor with a maximal burning time of 6 s. The nozzle entrance volume was simulated by an additional chamber. Nozzle and chamber assembly were of mild steel. A 2 mm thick fuel layer was sealed to the chamber wall. The investigation of ignition behavior, combustion stability and performance of the testbed with the rocket oxidizer feed unit was performed with this version. Four test firings were performed.
Read AIAA document regarding this set of tests, 1,034 kb pdf. Grosse_AIAA-97-2802
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HERA Rocket motor testing
Hybrid Motor Program
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That's my the first test stand for hybrid Nox/paraffin motor 330 poundsof thrust. The nearest purpose of our business - to make remotely operated pilotless vehicle (small airplane of rocket). It's the first and the only one of its kind project in Russia.
It has one electronic sensor for measuring of tractive force, connected to laptop;(20 meters long) remote control of electric valve and ignition, heating of the Nox tank.
In the near future we are going to modify stand with 1) second sensor for on-line datalogging of the Nox tank weight; 2) another manner of fastening of the motor; 3) another oxigener Lox tank (2,560psi).
We had only 5 fire tests with not good results (bad for motor only, not stand), but in one week we are will have good fire :)
Youtube movies of tests :http://www.youtube.com/user/HybridRocketRussia
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50,000 N.S. Hybrid Test stand (click to enlarge)
3000 NS test (click to enlarge)
Here are some. There is another configuration we use it in. Wooden blocks
allow it to just sit on the ground in nozzle up mode.
This was an earlier test of John Lyngdal's 4 x 136 mm motor.
The motor tested was a 136 mm O motor consisting of 4 BATES grains each 8"
long, 4.8 in diameter, with a 1.62" port diameter. The propellant was a 84% solids, non vacuum processed, AP/Al/SN/HTPB formulation.
||This test stand was built by Alan Whitmore and Larry Mayberry (pictured).
It fires vertically, nozzle up, and measures both chamber pressure to 2500 psi and thrust to 500 lbs. Larry wrote the data reduction software in LabView. We've used it for testing over 100 different propellant formulations.
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The main static test stand is designed to accommodate either a single
large rocket motor, or multiple smaller rocket motors such as the MARS
B4 Hybrid rocket motor. A load cell is fitted between the combustion chamber
and the static test stand to measure the motor thrust, and several sensors
are fitted to measure tank pressure, chamber pressure, as well as various
temperature sensors, and a spectrometer for exhaust plume analysis.
Above are some pics taken of our newly completed test stand. Of course we had to test it out with some cool motors. Click on the pictures for a larger version.
It is constructed of a 1/2" plywood base and three laminated 2 x 4's with a 3/4" ply face plate attached to them. Three 1/2" eyebolts hold a short section of 29 mm PML motor mount tubing into which the test motor goes. Four 1/2" landscaping spikes hold the stand firmly in place during tests.
The load cell is a TBS-40 from Transducer Techniques. It connects to
an INA125 amplifier chip that sends the amplified signal through 100' of
wire to a Dataq DI-151RS unit. This hooks up to my laptop that records
Pictures of my 54 mm test stand. It has a button load cell rated at 500 lbs. The tube slides on a nice roller bearing set up. I just need to get an amp set up for it and I'm good to go.
This was a group project for our Science Discovery and the Universe colloquium class of the College Park Scholars program at the University of Maryland. Group members included Dave Gerstein, Sean McAndrew, Sean Roark, and Eric Rodriguez. We were all second year students enrolled in the College Park Scholars SDU program. We are no longer part of the Scholars program, but will continue to work on the motor as time allows.
See additional information here:
||Details of this motor have not been released yet but the 7.5" x 36"
motor has been successfully fired 40 times at NASA Ames.
4,000 LBF at 8 seconds, runs from 2 to 8 kG/sec mass flow depending on the test.
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test fire 1
test fire 2
The rocket motor was mounted vertically, with the nozzle facing upward, in a tubular holder. The bottom of the holder sat on a deflection bar which acted as a beam supported at both ends, with the load (motor thrust) acting downward at the middle of the beam (detail). The force transducer was mounted such that it's end was in contact with the deflection bar near the middle. As the motor would fire, the thrust would force the deflection bar to deflect downward, and in doing so, also deflect the beam of the force transducer.
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H-IIA Solid Rocket Booster (SRB-A) at the Tanegashima Space Center
The chief objective of this test was to confirm the compatibility of the propulsion system design of SRB-A, the development of which has been steadily progressing. It was the first static test of the actual size motor. Figure 1 shows the overview of the tested SRB-A model.
* Maximum Thrust Force : 234 (217) tonf
* Maximum Pressure : 115 (108) kgf/cm2A
* Firing Time : 96.5 (94) seconds
We built a simple stand out of wood, using a small "baby" scale to register
thrust. With the help of a video camera we where able to test fire the
sample motors and record the readings of the scale. Back in the shop we
viewed the videos and with stop motion, we timed the thrust registered
on the baby scale with the time on the video. The test stand was quite
easy to construct as can be seen in the photo. When the motor fired the
upward thrust forced the opposite end down onto the scale and we got our
readings. The stand is designed to reconfigure. Using a 25 lb. scale, we
are able to double the reading by shifting the center post to give us a
2:1 reading. We have since gone to a 50 lb. scale and can now read 100
lbs. of thrust. 100 lbs. of thrust is NOT necessary for "test" motors!!
Propulsion testing - vertical thrust
Propulsion testing - horizontal thrust
Propulsion testing - small engine test
Static testing. Used for static testing of solid fuel rocket motors, from small motors and gas generators to rocket motors with 680 metric tons (1.5 million pounds) of thrust.
Jeroen Louwers installing the static test stand for the hybrid rocket motor system. Liquid oxidizer N2O, solid fuel a Polyurethane. The black high pressure container, stores the laughing gas.
Orion is situated on 120 acres on the outskirts of Huntsville, Alabama.
Our current test capabilities include multiple test cells capable of firing
bi-propellant liquid rocket engines with thrusts up to 50,000 pounds. In
addition, we offer a test cell capable of operating hybrid propulsion systems
with thrust levels up to 5,000 pounds. Orion is able to offer test services
at a very affordable rate because these capabilities are in-house, and
are typically easily configurable to each of your test requirements. Our
current test capabilities include a totally portable 28 channel high-speed
data acquisition and control system.
I'm Juan Parczewski from Argentina, and I'm attaching photos of my test stand.
My test stand is a vertical motor mounting, with two pressure gauge, one for chamber pressure and another for thrust. It fires vertically,nozzle up, and measures chamber pressure up to 2200 psi (15 megapascal) and thrust up to M class motors.
The motor move free in the vertical stand with adjustable screws to adapt different motor diameters up to 50mm. For motor with diameters up to 85 mm is necessary to change the vertical part of stand which is screwed to the horizontal part of›stand.
For more precision it is possible change the piston & cylinder to match the pressure gauge range to maximum motor peak thrust possible. The chamber pressure gauge was attached to the motor rear bulkhead. Both pressure gauges and pressure lines are filled with hydraulic oil. For exact thrust profile and pressure profile during the burn the record is done using one videotape for the two pressure gauges. Another videotape is used for recording the motor plume plus all test stand. The data collected from a videotape is put in a Excel spreadsheet, and for a given piston diameter it is possible to obtain thrust directly.
In the test above the propellant was a mix of potassium nitrate and
dextrose anhydride (KN 65%/DX35%). The low pressure in motor left at the
end of combustion the yellow in the nozzle that looks like a zinc sulfur
propellant. I attach portion of the spreadsheet of the obtained data, it is Parczewski_burn_1.xls. That spreadsheet show low Cf . I was consult to R. Nakka's ("master" in candy type propellants) who recommend several tips to correct it . Finally the solution was obtained via increasing the combustion pressure and reducing the angle of exit of the nozzle.
Really I must to admit that is a very good example of application of this tool (the test stand) to find and fix problems like this.
Tip toes: since they are screwed so they are flexible, spikes for soft land, studs for attaching to other structures or plastic head for hard land like concrete.
Recently I incorporated a handle to make easy the transport.
mleech "at" nortelnetworks.com
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|This shot was taking during the certification test sessions done at
CTI in June of 2002. That's an I-140 firing in the stand.
This one was built by Bill Wagstaff. We have various sized load cells from 250lbs up to 1500lbs. Data collection is via a DataQ 12-bit serial A/D module. We've also used a LabJack for data collection.
The stand has been used to test fire motors from 22mm up to 63mm. We're going to upgrade it so that we can test-fire Glen Hilliers 6" liquid bipropellant sometime this spring.
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Static test of R.A.T.T. Works L1000 Nitrous Oxide and Liquid Alcohol Bi-Propellant
When fabrication of the first REDSTONE began in 1952, the Army was faced
with a dilemma: refining a missile depended on a propulsion test stand.
But an inflexible law stated that no funds for research and development
could be spent constructing facilities. Rather than wait for funding, REDSTONE
engineers designed an interim test stand for $25,000, the maximum amount
allowed for constructing facilities without congressional approval.
Stand mounted in receiver
close up of 500 lbf load cell mount
Ready to fire
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Here you see a RATT K240 hybrid in a truck mounted test stand using standard trailer hitch components.
The load cell is an Aerocon 500 pound cell using an eyebolt as a support, hanger, and thrust plate.
Another bumper mounted thrust stand
College of Engineering, Hybrid Rocket Motors
Jim McKinnon's 1000 lbf thrust LOX / Jet A Static Test. Jim's injector
is using 28 O-F-O Triplets with a O-O-F-O-O Pentad element in the center.
The combustion chamber was a surplus Atlas vernier. The large gauge is
measuring chamber pressure.
Korey Kline's Nitrous oxide / HTPB engine is test fired at the MTA.
From Korey about this stand:
I wanted a thrust stand that would give me peak thrust and peak
pressure without a bunch of electrical instrumentation and associated AC
power requirements. The basic Idea is to convert pounds thrust into pressure
(PSI) that you can now read with a pressures gauge. I used a 1.125 inch dia.
cylinder filled with oil with a pressure gauge attached to the bottom of the
cylinder. As the motor is fired it puts a load/force directly on the 1.125"
cylinder. The area of a 1.125 " dia cylinder is almost exactly one square
inch, so any measurement I get from the pressure gauge is a direct readout
of thrust in pounds. You can use other sized cylinder but you then have to
go through a conversion factor based on cylinder size. I purchased two liquid
filled gauges with a "Peak" pressure needle from McMaster-Carr. This gauge
can now be videotaped for exact thrust profile during the burn and the peak
pressure needle records the peak thrust. The chamber pressure gauge was
designed much the same, with the obvious exception that it was attached to
the motor rear bulkhead.
I was using this for very early hybrid testing at less than 500 lbs
If you use an "off the shelf" cylinder you need to make sure it can take the
peak thrust (PSI) or design your own with thick walls. Hybrids tend to be
constant(ish) thrust so the peak pressure data was adequate for first pass
(in the field) thrust information. If you were to use it to test a
progressive or regressive thrust solid, then the video would be more useful.
Something also to think of is if you have "Combustion Instability" or
Chuffing", the peak pressure gauge will only record the highest "Pulse" and
throw off your thrust data.
The stand was something I built for a science fair project some time
around 1967. It's just a spinning drum with pressure sensitive paper and
a scribe. I remember having a hard time finding the right spring. The one
I ended up using was part of one of my mother's hair rollers! The white
tank is a vacuum tank. As part of the project I fired the engines in a
vacuum. There's also footage of it being fired with the nozzle of the motor
under water. The last part shows it being fired indoors in an oven. I can't
believe that it didn't occur to me to tie it
down. I can't recall how I got away with firing it indoors. I'm fairly certain no one else was home at the time.
download a movie of Bill's test stand
To test and characterize engines, fuels etc. a thrust test stand is
essential. In the frame of an exhibition of the Space forum 2001 (27. January)
held by the Swiss Astronautics Association, we presented our new test stand.?
With this test stand both liquid engines as well as solid propellant motors with thrust up to 100 kN (10 metric tons) can be tested› The measuring table is mounted on 8 hysteresis free "Flex"-joints (with integrated safety stop extensions). The table is made of aluminum and has many integrated "T" grooves for easy mounting of different kind of engines, valves and other equipment. The load cells can be exchanged to the respective measuring range.› At the moment, a load cell for max. 25 kN is installed.› The heavy steel frame is additionally filled with concrete to suppress possible oscillations. For transportation the Test Stand fits on a standardized "Europalett". The photo shows the test stand with the "TETHIS-I" 8 kN solid booster.
Unity IV hybrid rocket project providing students from Brigham Young University, Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Weber State University the opportunity to design, test, build, and launch a sounding rocket capable of carrying a small scientific payload to 130,000 feet using hybrid propulsion.
The MaCH-SR1 hybrid rocket launch vehicle is a student-driven project that is currently under development at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The core team consists of nine students, but there are also advisors and many other interested people contributing in one way or another.
The specific long-term technical goal of this project is to build a sub-orbital rocket that is capable of:
* Altitude goal of 78 miles (125 km) sub-orbital space flight
* Payload weight goal of 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
* Reliable 13,000 lbf (58 kN) throttled LOX/HTPB hybrid engine
* Recoverable/Reusable airframe
The current team is focused on meeting the following objectives:
* Design and build
a 5000 lbf (22 kN) engine
* Static Test the engine
* Prepare the engine for integration into a flight vehicle.
9 inch solid test stand
4 inch solid in 9 inch stand
6x96" motor in 9 inch stand
38mm uninstrumented fixture (tube topper)
The test stand has taken way more time to put together than I imagined.
In fact, it's taken about 5X more time than the design and fabrication
of the uncooled engine.
I finally finished the failsafe control unit. It's purpose is to control the various remote devices (relays, solenoids, ignitor, etc.) during the test. It also provides for a remote control box that includes a dump switch and some status indicators. The card interfaces to a National Instruments PXI-6527 isolated DIO board and will be controlled by the test program in LabVIEW.
I used Eagle Schematic for the drawings. It runs in Linux and Windows and they also have a free version (which I'm using). I have hand sketches of the overall instrumentation setup which I'll convert over to Eagle when I get some more time.
I added a separate fill port to the LOX tank to make it easier to get it closed back up after filling based on my tests with LN2. The internal threads on the tank got iced up real bad and I couldn't thread the burst disk fitting back all the way in. The new tube connector has external threads on the top so it is much easier to cap it off after I'm done filling it.
This test stand is designed for engines in the 100-500 lbf thrust range.
I plan to test several engines before I decide on a flight-worthy version
so I wanted it to be as reusable as possible.
There are standard pressure transducers for the propellant tanks along with the compressed air supply and a dynamic Endevco pressure transducer for the chamber pressure. A 500 lbf load cell measures thrust and there are up to 8 thermocouples that can be placed on the engine and around the test frame as needed. All the actuators and sensors are controlled by a mix of National Instruments and custom hardware. The data acquisition and control software is written in LabVIEW.
I made several adjustments to the test setup after cold LN2 testing before the hot fire, including a separate fill port for the LOX tank to make it easier to get it closed back up after filling. I also switched to a larger air actuator on the ball valve since it was pretty hard to turn at low temperatures.
More details on the test stand:
More details on the uncooled chamber test:
Analog Test Stand Made From Trash
I don't know if you are interested in the very low-end of the test
stand spectrum, but if you are, I have a competitor. It is perhaps one
notch above the post-hole digger. It looks like a science-fair "honorable mention," but I have managed to
get some useful data from it. I may try to improve it one more time
before moving on to a digital model.