[SS2S-Main] Re: Material for Nozzle fabrication

  • From: Steve Peterson <steve_peterson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: sugarshot@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 06 May 2014 05:39:51 -0700

The Graphite Store (www.graphitestore.com). Right now, 2" rod, 48" long (medium extruded) is selling for $66.50. That much steel would be a lot more expensive. Unfortunately, I don't see any smaller diameters in the medium-grained; they do have smaller diameters in the fine-grained but it's more expensive--for instance 1" diameter by 24" long is $43.90. I would not recommend trying to machine away a 2" diameter chunk if all you need is 1" diameter--a vacuum helps control the dust, but it's still messy.

I used 12L14 for years before I switched to graphite and I still make steel nozzles on occasion. I never saw any erosion with sugar propellant.

If you do go with graphite you can make a "form tool" for the convergent and divergent sections which makes the turning go much quicker--just grind down a spade bit, it doesn't have to be that sharp to get the job done.


On 05/06/2014 03:59 AM, (Redacted sender monsieurboo@xxxxxxx for DMARC) wrote:
Strangely enough, the mid-grade (medium-grained) graphite tends to do the job better than the high-end, fine-grained material. Less erosion, perhaps due to larger grains interlocking better and being ablated more slowly. And of course, less expensive.

Graphite's definitely the way to go, but you don't want conductive, fine dust getting into any electronics (such as a benchtop mini-lathe) so try to capture the dust at its source.

Mark L.

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From: Hayk Azatyan <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: sugarshot <sugarshot@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tue, May 6, 2014 5:53 am
Subject: [SS2S-Main] Re: Material for Nozzle fabrication

Thanks for your input Jeff. Where do you recommend I buy graphite from?
On Monday, May 5, 2014 4:58 PM, Jeff Moore <tnetcenter@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:tnetcenter@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote: Graphite would probably be the most affordable of materials to use. We had a machinist in our local group at one point and he made a titanium nozzle as a proof of concept. That would more than likely be rather pricey for this project ( his was for a 54mm motor).

Aluminum is a good material to practice on or do mockups with, but I suspect that it's melting point is way too low to be used as the actual nozzle. It might work as a carrier for a graphite or ceramic insert though.

Jeff Moore
Bend, Oregon

On Mon, May 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM, Hayk Azatyan <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto: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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