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Structural Analysis, ANSYS, Matlab, Controls

Ithaca, NY
October 29, 2020

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Govind Chari

* ******** ***** **** #* • Delmar, NY 12054

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Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering August 2019-Present Cumulative GPA: 4.23/4.00

Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2023

Relevant Coursework: Statics and Solid Mechanics, Dynamics, Probability and Inference for Random Signals, Feedback Controls, Spaceflight Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics


Cornell Rocketry Team Ithaca, NY

Freshman Year October 2019-Present

§ Designed a small-scale ammonium perchlorate rocket motor to empirically determine burn coefficients for custom APCP fuel mixture

§ Wrote a MATLAB script to design a minimum length converging-diverging nozzle using method of characteristics

§ Wrote a 56-page guide on the basics of compressible flows in rocket engines and how to design solid rocket motors for new member training

§ Wrote MATLAB script to perform combustion modeling for Ammonium Perchlorate BATES grains

Summer Project

§ Designed Ethalox Engine with full justification for all design choices (Ethanol concentration, O/F ratio, chamber pressure, chamber geometry, injector geometry, expansion ratio, throat area)

§ Performed Finite Element Analysis on stress bearing parts to ensure an adequate factor of safety Sophomore Year

§ Designing main throttle valve for bipropellant ethalox engine

§ Using CFX to determine pressure drop across valve, and using FEA to determine structural loads

§ Writing GNC code for parafoil recovery of rocket

§ Laying out sensors for recovery flight computer

Vertical Takeoff and Landing Rocket (Personal Project) Ithaca, NY April 2020-August 2020

§ Built and coded a vertical takeoff and landing rocket powered by racing drone motors, that utilizes thrust vectoring fins for attitude control using a PID control loop

§ Wrote flight controller from scratch using C++ including a Kalman Filter for altitude estimation

§ Designed rocket structure using Solidworks and 3D printed it

§ Gained experience with electromechanical systems SKILLS

Computer: Solidworks (CSWA certification), ANSYS, MATLAB, Simulink, C++, LaTeX Engineering: CNC Mill, Manual lathe, manual mill, 3D printing

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