Bi-propellant rocket engine in Kingston's rocket test cell and external view of cell
The indoor propulsion test facility within the School of Engineering and Computing has a hybrid and bipropellant rocket test facility. The facility is used for propulsion testing of systems up to the low kN trust range and can provide a range of high-quality evaluation and data analysis options.
The Kingston University London indoor propulsion test facility is an indoor blast chamber that allows for the testing and research of small to medium sized propulsion systems (up to low kN thrust levels). The facility can withstand a 120g TNT equivalent blast whilst firing a system with an overpressure of 3 psi, whilst an extraction system is removing around 3m3 of air a second.
The facility has been designed to operate propulsion systems that operate with a maximum pressure of 70BarA. Current approved oxidizers and/or flammable propellants, with maximum flowrates (as dictated by insurance purposes) include:
To add additional oxidizers or flammable propellants to the approved list will cost a one-off payment of £10k for a full safety report (conducted by an industrial subcontractor).
Restriction on propellants are based on the by-products produced and are reviewed on a case by case basis. Generally, carbon dioxide, water and carbon monoxide are currently acceptable by-products.
Additionally, there is:
Please get in touch for a complete system description for this facility.
London is happy to collaborate with other Universities, Industries and
Institutes in their propulsion testing needs. Please do get in contact
via email or over the phone to discuss opportunities further.
Discount: We aim to help Undergraduate students from other Universities
with their final year projects as best as we can, charging minimal
costs for use of our facility.
video, taken in March 2020, post facility chamber installation but
before the electrics were added, explains some of the other features
available. Please see the video here: