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Rocket Nozzle Technology (RNTS) Subcommittee

Technical Objectives

The principal objectives of the Subcommittee are:

  1. Coordinate inter- and intra-agency research and development planning oriented toward advanced ablative composites for solid rocket nozzles. Of secondary interest is R & D coordination of liquid and electric propulsion nozzle technology.
  2. Promote communication among the federal government, rocket industry, materials producers, and related developers that support technology in materials; processing science, design, analysis, and quality assurance for rocket nozzles, including propulsion control systems.
  3. Recommend standard tools and procedures for design and analysis of rocket nozzles. This includes advocating the formation of databases for advanced composites used in nozzle systems.



The Subcommittee's scope is limited to promoting technical exchange and addressing problems associated with the application of advanced composite materials, including carbon-carbon, ceramic matrix, and carbon phenolic composites, and other advanced materials, as applied to solid rocket nozzles and their components, nozzle-based propulsion control systems; and related technology developments for liquid and electric propulsion. Its areas of interest are: materials and material properties; structural analysis and modeling; materials processing; quality assurance and control of composite exit cones and other nozzle components through nondestructive evaluation; nozzle design, testing, and evaluation; and thrust vector control/actuation technology.


Mission Areas

  1. Thermal, Structural and Fluid Analysis and Modeling
  2. Nozzle Design, Test and Evaluation
  3. Thrust Control
  4. Innovative Nozzles Materials

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JHU/WSE ERG Technical Representative

Mr. Bryan DeHoff
Aerospace Technical Services
West Chester, OH