"Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines"

Dieter K. Huzel and David H. Huang
Rocketdyne Division, North American Rockwell, Inc.


....Actual size is 11 x 8.5-inches

Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines

Dieter K. Huzel and David H. Huang
Rocketdyne Division, North American Rockwell, Inc.

The single most  comprehensive  and  complete  text ever written about the subject. 

A true masterwork that covers every aspect of the design and engineering of liquid propellant rocket engines, written by two of the world's most respected scientists, on a special contract for NASA. 

This is today's most widely used textbook on the subject, with far more material (and in far more detail) than George P. Sutton's classic "Rocket Propulsion Elements."

If you're interested in serious learning on this topic, here is the one book you'll need.  It collects the decades of experience and knowledge accumulated in military and aerospace development and operational programs.  This is a systematic presentation of the large (and previously loosely-organized) body of existing successful design techniques and practices.  Its value and merit are obvious--these rocket engines work: they've sent men to the Moon, satellites into orbit, Space Shuttles to the International Space Station, and space exploration vehicles to Mars and beyond!

The foreword is by Wernher von Braun (former Director, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA).  Contents include details about virtually every kind of modern liquid propellant rocket propulsion system.  It reviews, in great detail--supported by exceptional engineering drawings--these many topics, and more:

  • Introduction to liquid propellant rocket engines (30 pages)
  • Rocket engine design implements (32 pages)
  • Introduction to sample calculations (18 pages)
  • Design of thrust chambers and other combustion devices (70 pages; also covers ignition and gas-generating devices, and combustion instability)
  • Design of pressurized-gas propellant-feed systems (25 pages)
  • Design of turbopump propellant-feed systems (87 pages)
  • Design of controls and valves (66 pages)
  • Design of propellant tanks (24 pages)
  • Design of interconnecting components and mounts (30 pages)
  • Engine systems design integration (46 pages)
  • Design of liquid propellant space engines (22 pages)

Many details -- all once highly secret ! -- are given for engines and subcomponents used in many military and aerospace systems, including:

  • F-1, M-1, J-2, H-1, and E-1 engines
  • Atlas sustainers
  • Atlas MA-3 boosters
  • Thor
  • Agena
  • Titan II 1st and 2nd stage
  • Jupiter
  • Jupiter storable
  • Redstone
  • Navaho
  • Vanguard 1st stage
Prepared at the Rocketdyne Liquid Rocket Division (North American Rockwell Corporation)--leading commercial makers of rocket engines for both military and aerospace applications--specifically for NASA rocket scientists and engineers, this valuable book gives the practical information you need to design and build a high-technology, state-of-the-art liquid propellant rocket engine. 

The contents are the result of more than 45 years of investigations by the world's largest propulsion contractors.  Literally billions of dollars were spent obtaining this critical yet hard-to-find data and information.

In a word, this is the most complete and comprehensive book ever written about the theoretical and practical engineering design of liquid propellant engines.  It covers exactly how one goes about designing, building, and testing an advanced propulsion system that works reliably.

The detailed information about thrust chamber cooling is alone worth the price of the book!  It’s very thick (468 pages, almost two-inches!), heavy (two pounds!), and packed with accurate information for the professional (and “amateur”) rocket scientist, engineer, technician, and experimenter.

There's also a very detailed (10-pages) index!  Numerous fine, NASA-quality engineering drawings, figures, and tables supplement the technical material:

Typical illustrations from the book (smaller than actual size)

If you design, build, test, or fly serious rockets or missiles, you'll want this superb reference textbook.  It’s especially useful for “amateur” rocket builders -- with an abundance of data, esoteric information, and once-secret lore from the world's foremost rocket scientists: at Rocketdyne and NASA.

Very hard to find and now out-of-print, this new limited edition has been republished by the Rocket Science Institute.  It's printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper for years of reference use.  468 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. 

ISBN 1-878628-34-8.           $49.95

The book is very  heavy, so Priority Mail within USA will be $8.55.  Media rate, $2.95.

Airmail postage international (most destinations) US$ 14.50.

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NOTE:  We also offer this grand text in five separate volumes, for convenience in study and economy of cost.  Click here to see those books:  

Volume 1:  Introduction to Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine Design 

Volume 2:  Design of Thrust Chambers, Gas Generators, Ignition Devices

Volume 3:  Design of Turbopump Propellant-Feed Systems 

Volume 4:  Design of Propellant Tanks, Controls, Valves

Volume 5:  Design of Interconnecting Components, Mounts, and Space Engines


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