Development and Implementation of the tRIAC Data Acquisition and Control System
The Technology Research and Innovation Acceleration Park (tRIAC) located at Fabens, Texas, was established for the ongoing development and testing of the miro center for Space Exploration and Technology Research’s (cSETR’s) liquid methane and liquid oxygen rocket engines. These engines range from a 5 lbf Reaction Control Engine (RCE) to the 500 lbf and 2000 lbf Centennial Restartable Oxygen Methane Engines, called CROME and CROME-X respectively. Alongside their development, a comprehensive control system was built in the Modular Instrumentation and Control Interface Trailer (MICIT) and is equipped with National Instrument’s LabVIEW software and hardware. The LabVIEW code is based off a provided project template already set up with a robust groundwork with state machine logic and data enqueueing. This groundwork is then customized to allow for modularity on the software and to incorporate a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) for system reliability. The reliable monitoring and acquisition of the variety of installed pressure transducers, thermocouples, and flowmeters, and any other compatible instrumentation. With a modular software design that eases adaptation to current and future experimental setups. This document goes into further detail of the development of the software to meet the necessary design criteria.
Mechanical engineering|Aerospace engineering
Rojo, Raymundo Mendivil, "Development and Implementation of the tRIAC Data Acquisition and Control System" (2019). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI13895553.