MJ2246 Rocket Propulsion 6.0 credits

Rocket Propulsion

Although rocket propulsion is a technology based on a physic law discovered on the XVI century, It experienced a strong development in the late century. Today, rocket propulsion is of paramount importance is space sciences, telecommunication and military applications.

In the Rocket Propulsion course the student will gain an insight into the physics behind rocket technology, propulsion systems, orbital mechanics, performance characteristics of propellants among others subjects.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

To provide an understanding of rocket propulsion systems for both launch and orbital control missions.

Course main content

Fundamentals of rocket vehicles: static performance, vehicle acceleration, orbital mechanics, types of rockets. Components of a rocket: performance characteristics, nozzle design. Chemical rocket propellants: performance with chemical equilibrium, non-equilibrium effects, combustion chamber design, hybrid rockets. Rocket engine subsystems: wall cooling, injectors, propellant feed systems, controls.

Projects: calculation of rocket nozzle flow field and calculation of liquid rocket performance with equilibrium chemistry


50% selfstudy course with supportive lectures and seminar


MJ1112 Thermodynamics, 9 hp or corresponding knowledge

SG1220 Fluid mechanics, 6 hp or corresponding knowledge

MJ2429 Turbomachinery, 6 hp or corresponding knowledge

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics is necessary


Hill, P. and Peterson, R. 1992."Mechanics and Thermodynamics or Propulsion".

Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc., USA. ISBN 0-201-14659-2. 

George P. Sutton, Oscar Biblarz, 2001“Rocket Propulsion Elements”, 7th Edition John-Wiley & Sons, Ltd., ISBN: 0-471-32642-9 Compedu (www.compedu.net)

Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH) - Sweden Department of Energy Technology

Division of Heat and Power Technology


  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Home Assignments, 1.5, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

PRO1 Project 1.5 hp         

TEN1 Examination 3.0 hp       

ÖVN1 Home Assignments 1.5

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology


Björn Laumert, bjorn.laumert@energy.kth.se


Björn Laumert <bjorn.laumert@energy.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2007.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.