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Proposing Institution

Lehrstuhl für Turbomaschinen und Flugantriebe, TUM
Project Manager

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oskar Haidn
Boltzmannstraße 15
85748 Garching
Currently almost all in-space propulsion systems depend on the propellant Hydrazine or its derivatives for thrust generation. However, within the REACH framework EU has declared Hydrazine a Substance of Very High Concern, due to its toxic and carcinogenic properties. Therefore this essential propellant has to be phased out in the upcoming years. The propellant combination methane / oxygen promises to be a good replacement, offering good performance, storability and handling. Anyhow, a number of problems regarding high-pressure combustion, ignition, cooling and injection have to be solved before it can be applied in full-scale space propulsion systems.The Institute of Flight Propulsion at Technische Universität München, in cooperation with the Institute of Thermodynamics at the Universität der Bundeswehr München, investigates all relevant properties of methane and oxygen for space propulsion applications by implementing various experiments in small-scale rocket combustors. In order to improve experimental design, numerical investigations employing Computational Fluid Dynamics shall supplement the current efforts. It also aids in interpreting results and allows producing numerical models able to predict full-scale applications.

Impressum, Conny Wendler