8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida


Structural Dynamics of Rocket Engines Tutorial

Sunday, 3 January 2016, 1600-1730 hrs
Old Town AB, Manchester Grand Hyatt


Structural Dynamics plays a key role in the design, test, and operation of rocket engines. This talk will discuss some of the types of analyses that are required, such as the Campbell Diagram in turbomachinery, the “side-loads” fluid/structure interaction problem in over-expanded rocket nozzles, and the necessity of a system loads model for the generation of interface design loads. The role of modal and hot-fire test for verification will also be discussed. As structural dynamics is frequently a root-cause in failure investigations, we’ll be able to see some spectacular video of these failures as well.

Tutorial Instructor

Andy Brown, PhD, is an Aerospace Engineer in the Propulsion Structures & Dynamic Analysis Branch at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He joined MSFC in 1986, and has worked mainly on research into rocket engine structural dynamics and analysis of new rocket engine designs. Dr. Brown received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 1998 and is an AIAA Associate Fellow.

Tutorial Registration

Access to the tutorial is open to all SciTech registrants at no extra charge. If you are interested in attending the tutorial, please email Devesh Kumar.

Dates to Remember

  • Manuscript Deadline: 05 Dec 2017
  • Early Bird Reg Deadline: 18 Dec 2017
  • Cancellation Deadline: 18 Dec 2017

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