Monash University test fires 3D-printed rocket engine

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Australia’s Monash University and its spin-out existence Amaero have successfully test-fired a 3D-printed rocket engine.

Devised and tested by Monash University engineers, the new engine features a multi-chamber aerospike think of, which reverses the structure of traditional rocket engines.

Engine condition has been completed within a four-month period and follows the production of a 3D-printed jet motor by Monash University researchers and their partners in 2015.

“We were able to concentrate on the features that boost the engine’s performance, including the nozzle geometry and the embedded self-possessed network.»

Amaero engineer Marten Jurg said: “Traditional bell-shaped sky-rockets, as seen on the Space Shuttle, work at peak efficiency at ground invariable.

“As they climb the flame spreads out reducing thrust. The aerospike construction maintains its efficiency but is very hard to build using traditional technology.

“Taking additive manufacturing, we can create complex designs, print them, try out them, tweak them and reprint them in days instead of months.”

Monash University engineers be experiencing already created a new venture, NextAero, to bring their concepts to the far-reaching aerospace industry.

NextAero project lead Graham Bell held: “Designing for additive manufacture opens up a raft of possibilities.

“We were adept to focus on the features that boost the engine’s performance, including the nozzle geometry and the embedded under control network.

“These are normally balanced against the need to consider how on loam someone is going to manufacture such a complex piece of equipment. Not so with additive make.”

Through its Woodside Innovation Centre at Monash University, Woodside Pep has also supported the development of the new aerospike engine.


Image: 3D-printed climb developed by Monash University and Amaero. Photo: courtesy of Monash University.

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