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Propulsion Index


Here is a list of all the topics available from the Beginner's Guide to Propulsion site. Clicking on the title will deliver a page with a slide and a scientific explanation of the contents. Click on the word "Animated" for the animated version of selected pages or the word "Interactive" for a Java simulation. Some pages are also available as "Text Only". If the number and variety of pages seems too intimidating, consider taking one of our Guided Tours through the web site.

* Animation files can be large (average 350K bytes)
** Java Applet

Newton's First Law - Inertia
Newton's Second Law (F=ma)
Newton's Third Law (Action - Re-action)
Conservation of Mass
Conservation of Momentum
Conservation of Energy

Animated Gas Lab...Animated
Gas Properties Definitions
Air Properties Definitions...Text Only
Equation of State (Ideal Gas)
Boyle's Law...Animated
Charles and Gay-Lussac's Law...Animated
Specific Volume
Kinetic Theory of Gasses

Atmospheric Model ..Interactive**
Air Pressure
Air Temperature
Air Density
Earth Model - English Units...Text Only
Earth Model - Metric Units...Text Only
Mars Model - English Units...Text Only
Mars Model - Metric Units
...Text Only

Sound Waves ..Interactive**
Doppler Effect
Similarity Parameters
Boundary Layer
Mach Number
Speed of Sound
Isentropic Flow Equations...Text Only
Isentropic Flow ..Interactive**
Oblique Shock Equations...Text Only
Normal Shock Equations...Text Only
Shock Waves ..Interactive**
Mass Flow Rate
Compressible Mass Flow Rate...Text Only
Bernoulli's Equation

What is Thermodynamics?
Zeroth Law - Thermal Equilibrium
First Law - Internal Energy
Second Law - Entropy
Heat Transfer
Work Done by a Gas
Entropy of a Gas ...Text Only

Interactive Range Simulator (RangeGames)**
Excess Thrust
Thrust to Weight Ratio
Forces in a Climb
Airplane Cruise - Balanced Forces
Simplified Aircraft Motion
Aircraft Motion - Newton's Second Law... RangeGames Applet
Range - Constant Velocity... RangeGames Applet
Maximum Flight Time... RangeGames Applet
Range Summary... RangeGames Applet

What is Propulsion?
Rocket Propulsion
Propeller Propulsion
Gas Turbine Propulsion... EngineSim Applet
Types of Gas Turbines ... EngineSim Applet
Gas Generator (Core)... Animated
Turbojet Engine... Animated
Afterburning Turbojet Engine... Animated
Turbofan Engine... Animated
Turboprop Engine... Animated
Ramjet Propulsion... EngineSim Applet

General Thrust Equation
Rocket Thrust
Propeller Thrust
Turbojet Thrust
Afterburning Turbojet Thrust
Turbofan Thrust
Turboprop Thrust
Ramjet Thrust

Gas Turbine Parts ... Animated... EngineSim Applet
Ramjet Parts ...EngineSim Applet
Schematics and Station Numbering... EngineSim Applet
Axial Compressor ... Animated
Centrifugal Compressor
Combustors - Burners
Power Turbines ... Animated
Nozzles ...Interactive **

Interactive Engine Simulator (EngineSim)
Turbine Engine Thrust - Summary ...Text Only
Specific Thrust
Engine Pressure Ratio (EPR) ... Animated
Engine Temperature Ratio (ETR) ... Animated
Compressor-Turbine Matching
Fuel Mass Flow Rate... Text Only
Specific Fuel Consumption

Inlet Performance ... Text Only
Compressor Thermodynamics ... Text Only
Burner Thermodynamics ... Text Only
Power Turbine Thermodynamics ... Text Only
Nozzle Performance ... Text Only ...Interactive**

Interactive Model Rocket Simulator - RocketModeler **

Pitot Tube - Speedometer
Wind Tunnel Aerodynamics
Let's be Specific

by Tom Benson
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