Welcome to the SPLab website
Rocket Propulsion at POLIMI since 1976
The Space Propulsion Laboratory was founded in 1976 in order to support research and education in the field of solid rocket propellants for space propulsion applications.
This is still our mission that we keep pursuing.
SPLab in brief
The scientific activity has mostly been devoted to fundamental combustion problems of solid-phase energetic materials, from both experimental and theoretical viewpoints, with specific attention to: steady burning rates and temperature profiles, radiant ignition. Static and dynamic extinction, non-steady burning, linear and nonlinear intrinsic stability, radiation assisted/augmented burning, deflagration limits, frequency response functions, transient flame modelling. In the more recent years, interest has moved to combustion of innovative high-energy condensed materials, nano-energetics for propulsion, performance of metallized formulations, aggregation and agglomeration, dual metal formulation, quasi-steady regression rates, solid and hybrid rocket motors, space launchers, in-space propulsion.
We want to support the development of clean and sustainable space missions for our future generations. In this respect, we think that new end-to-end thermochemical propulsion approaches can represent the starting point for the reduction of costs and of the environmental impact.
Vortex Flow Pancake: new hybrid rocket motor active
First firing of the new version of the VFP hybrid rocket motoron August 2017
New test bench implemented at SPLab
Hybrid rocket motor testing progresses
3-6 July 2017 at POLIMI