Feed System Development
LPL has developed over 3 unique feed systems for a range different uses: an engine test stand that powers gaseous oxygen/kerosene engines with thrust levels up to 1000 lbf, a vertical test unit that precisely characterizes flow orifices such as injectors, and a portable feed system used to prototype torch igniters. LPL’s feed systems are developed, operated and tested entirely in-house by our members and are continuously improved. Furthermore, we always strive to develop new test stands in order to utilize our skills and expand our capabilities. We expect to begin the design of a cryogenic rated feed system this year.
Atlas, a bi-propellant pressure fed feed system geared towards providing LPL members with hands-on exposure to cryogenic fluid handling and operations, was completed in December 2023. Designed initially for the hot firing of the Balerion engine, Atlas boasts the capacity to support engines with specifications up to three times larger than Balerion. It is capable of safely static firing cryogenic propellant engines with thrusts greater than 10kN and up to 13kg/s mass flow rates, and has been designed to incorporate as many refurbished valves, fittings, and components from Hydra as possible. Atlas expands lpl’s testing capabilities with improved flow rates and burn times, and is set to serve as the lab’s primary testing infrastructure for years to come