This semester I’m taking AME 309, Dynamics of Fluids. I know what you’re thinking, “ew,” it was my same thought when I saw that I needed to take it this year. The class is challenging, that is no question, but all of the learning that we have done so far has culminated with one really fun project: building a bottle rocket!
If you’re interested in Engineering I’m sure at some point you were excited by the thought of a rocket lifting off. Well, bottle rockets aren’t quite as massive as the ones NASA, ULA, and the EU launch, but for 20 oz. they have some serious power!
This project was interesting for two reasons in particular.
1st: we got to apply our experience with Bernoulli’s Equation, and the Reynold’s Transport Theorem to a real world object. I’m not a huge fan of theory, but seeing theoretical concepts in action is very satisfying and informative to me. Doing the theoretical calculations and then adjusting variables to see how the theoretical and actual values lined up gave me a better understanding of what’s really going on.
2nd: I really like hands-on projects. Between working on a race car in USC Racing, and printing real objects in 3D4E I was more than in my comfort zone putting together a new object. In fact, thanks to my involvement in 3D4E I was able to 3D print the “nosecone” of our rocket!Meet Ian