UAM Printing for Rocket Engine Combustion Chambers

P. Bahn
TGV Rockets,
United States

Keywords: ultrasonic additive manufacturing, UAM, 3D printing

Summary:

Rocket Engine combustion chambers face numerous environmental challenges: Tight Tolerances, High Temperatures, High Pressures, Oxidizing or Reducing Environments, Extreme Temperature Differentials, Cryogenic Fluids,vacuum exposure,, Often at the same time. Traditional manufacturing processes have been horrifically expensive. Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing offers the prospect to dramatically lower these costs. TGV Rockets with our UAM partner is undertaking to make a complex geometry chamber with active cooling that can operate in a Hydrogen/Oxygen environment.