The Structures team is responsible for the design of the substructure of the rocket. This includes everything from the engine thrust structure to the tanks, forward skirt, and even the nosecone. The Structures team is also responsible for testing various vehicle structures before launch and designing test stands for component verification. The team maintains overall CAD for the vehicle and is responsible for providing interfacing points for vehicle systems like Avionics, Propulsion, and Recovery.
Interested in joining Structures? The structures team is always looking for new members as we form one of the largest and most active teams in the program. We encourage applicants to have experience or skills in mechanical design/3D CAD modeling (Solidworks), structural analysis, rapid prototyping, machining & metalworking, design optimization, coding (MATLAB) and testing & design validation. Above all, you should be passionate about designing rocket parts & components that will go to space.
Large Mandrel Filament Winder
The large mandrel filament winder is the current long term project of the Structures team. When complete, the winder will enable our team to rapidly produce custom airframes, structural components, and composite overwrapped pressure vessels for use in our rocket platforms. The winder was designed with large airframe components in mind, with the goal of eventually using it to create the airframe of our Karman-1 vehicle. The winder will also produce parts for the TIAT and YJ-1S vehicles.
The filament winder is currently being tuned and tested, and will complete its first components in Fall 2018.
• Max Mandrel Diameter: 30cm
• Max Mandrel Length: 3.5m
• Number of Axes: 3
• Fiber Types: Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber
• Layup Types: Pre-Impregnated, Wet Laminate
The Canard Can is the mechanism that will be used to guide TIAT in its flight by using 4 COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) servo motors to independently actuate each canard. It will also act as a key component of the TIAT structure.
The Canard Can is currently being manufactured and undergoing physical testing, and is expected to be completed during Fall 2018.