What is the Turbopump Assembly?
The Turbopump Assembly is responsible for the design of four primary components: a gas generator, turbine, and two pumps, one for each propellant. This subteam has one primary purpose: to be a self-sufficient system that raises the pressure of each propellant. In a rocket engine, there is a tremendous amount of liquid pressure required at the combustion chamber in order to generate thrust for the engine. The process that is required to generate thousands of pounds of pressure starts with the gas generator. Small amounts of LOX and RP1 are siphoned from the main flow lines into the gas generator where they combust to generate exhaust gases. These exhaust gases are then used to spin a turbine which then spins the pumps, ultimately generating pressure across the pumps. Essentially, the gas generator is used as a power source, the turbine is used as a transmission for this power, and the pumps do all the heavy lifting to create the pressure required!
Joining the Turbopump Assembly Subteam:
The Turbopump Assembly has lofty goals to create four extremely tricky and crucial components. Our subteam requires members that are eager to participate, self-driven to excellence, and able to quickly grasp the complexities associated with turbines, generators, and pumps. We are looking for members that have experience with, or are eager to learn, 3D modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software (preferably ANSYS Fluent), and metal 3D printing. People that have experience with turbomachinery or rotor dynamics analysis and design is preferred. We look forward to bringing on new members that are eager to learn about and design a turbopump!
Mason Law, a senior, is pursuing a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Aerospace Engineering. His hometown is Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Mason is working towards a career in design engineering in the automotive industry. One of Mason’s favorite phrase is “I’m tall and yes, the weather is better up here.”
Haley Worsham, a senior, is pursuing a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. Her hometown is Oakton, Virginia. Haley is working towards a career in propulsion.
Team Member Fernando Vazquez
Fernando Vazquez, a senior, is pursuing a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. His hometown is El Paso, Texas. Fernando is working towards a career in propulsion engineering.
Bryce Moran, a junior, is pursuing a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering. His hometown is Fort Worth, Texas. Bryce in working towards a career is test engineering. Bryce referees soccer games as one of his hobbies.
River Dwight, a sophomore, is pursuing a bachelors in Aerospace Engineering. His hometown is Fort Worth, Texas. River is working towards a career in Mechanical Design Engineer. Some fun facts about River is he loves coffee, music, and trying new things.
Callen Hajda, a sophomore, is pursuing a bachelors in Aerospace Engineering. His hometown is Austin, Texas. Callen is working towards a career in mission architecture and planning. An interesting fact about Callen is he is an 8th generation Texan and direct descendent of Texas Revolution heroes.
Paul Hefner, a freshman, is pursuing a bachelors in Aerospace Engineering. His hometown is Austin, Texas. Paul is working towards a career in CFD Simulations. A fun fact about Paul is he plays the Marimba.