[SS2S-Main] Re: Material for Nozzle fabrication

  • From: Peter Johansson <rockets4kids@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: sugarshot@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 5 May 2014 21:30:54 -0400

Note that there are *many* different varieties of steel, some of which
are *far* more machinable than others.  Although steel works well for
sugar motor nozzles, it is not suitable for APCP and steel nozzles are
not permitted at Tripoli launches.

Graphite is actually a wonderful material to learn machining on.  A
lot of people complain about the dust, but with an apron on your bed
and a fixture to hold a shop vac near the cutting tool it really is no
problem at all.


On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM, Hayk Azatyan
<dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hello all,
> Would you all happen to know where I can get my hands on some scrap circular
> steel bars for rocket nozzle fabrication?And if you have any suggestions on
> the material I should use please let me know. I have already started using
> the lathe, and currently I am machining a nozzle out of aluminum. Although I
> will not be using this particular nozzle for flight I figured I should
> practice making one out of some scrap metal that I found(in this case
> aluminium). I know that you guys make some of your nozzles out of graphite,
> but for now I am learning to machine metal nozzles just for educational
> purposes.
> Thank you guys!
> -Hayk Azatyan

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