Propulsion and Diagnostics

This group develops and characterizes hypersonic propulsion systems ranging from rocket boost systems to air-breathing ramjets and scramjets. It uses the direct-connect, non-vitiated heated air capabilities at the Maurice Zucrow Laboratories (up to 8 lbm/s at 1500°F). Ongoing research involves novel propellants and propulsion architectures, including rotating detonation engines. The laboratories’ advanced combustion diagnostic techniques provide high spatial and temporal resolution toward chemical kinetics characterization and multiphase flow properties at operationally relevant conditions.

Stephen Heister, Raisbeck Engineering Distinguished Professor for Engineering and Technology Integration, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Robert Lucht, Ralph and Bettye Bailey Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Terrence Meyer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics (by Courtesy)

Guillermo Paniagua, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics (by Courtesy)

Timothee Pourpoint, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Carson Slabaugh, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Mechanical Engineering

Steven Son, Alfred J. McAllister Professor of Mechanical Engineering