How LSU researchers are helping NASA build rockets cheaper, faster

June 8, 2022
Additive manufacturing allows NASA to create parts for half the cost in some cases — and do it 2 to 10 times faster, the researchers say, James Wilkins reports for The Advocate.

BATON ROUGE, La., - It takes a huge amount of time and money for NASA to build a rocket. But research by two LSU professors and their graduate students helps make the process faster, cheaper and more efficient, James Wilkins reports for The AdvocateContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

8 June 2022 - Rocket parts are extremely complex and have to be built to rigorous — and extremely precise — standards, Wilkins says. The materials have to be able to withstand massive, rapid changes in pressure and temperature.

"Someone needs to characterize the behavior of the material properties and these chambers always undergo fluctuations in pressure and temperature," Khonsari said. "After you understand the nature of these properties as they change with temperature, then one has to ask how they will stand any type of a fatigue that will occur."

Guo said the data he and Khonsari provided NASA had the rocket-builders coming back for more.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
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