[NRVR-Members] propellent making class

Kevin Paar kevinpaar at me.com
Sat Sep 8 17:18:43 CDT 2018

I’d be in for this.


> On Sep 8, 2018, at 4:54 PM, Eric Paterson <egpaterson at gmail.com> wrote:
> NRVR members,
> I talked to Ben and Elaine Russell (Gainesville, VA) about offering their "Introduction to Propellant Making” class here in Blacksburg.   The class covers the following topics:
> How to safely handle and store chemicals and propellants
> What’s needed to get started
> Clothing, gloves etc.
> Chemicals
> Mixers
> Casting sets – mandrels and caps
> Liner / casting tubes
> Motor hardware
> Vacuum systems
> Process of mixing and packing AP based propellants. The student mixes and packs their own 54mm reload.
> Overview of Burnsim –motor design and simulation program
> You'll leave the class with
> A 3 grain 54mm J class reload which you mixed and packed.  The reload can be flown at an experimental launch by those with Level-2 certification.
> A 3-ring binder containing all the class materials and discount coupons
> Tru-Core 54 mm 3 grain casting set which includes a 5/8” x 14” AL mandrel and casting caps. Packing stick included.
> Tuition is $325 per student.   I am thinking of holding the class jointly for a small group of NRVR members and VT students on a Saturday sometime this fall.
> Would you take this course given the $325 tuition?    I would like to get an idea of the general level of interest among NRVR members before reaching out to our students.  
> Eric
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