Grill? Baffle? Support?

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Not even sure what to call it. I'm building a long(ish) rocket with dual deployment. The drogue is in the aft section. I'm planning on using the motor ejection to deploy the drogue and a charge for the main. Here is my question/issue. The drogue/lines/shock cord/chute protector is a very small package for all that space in the booster tube. I want to keep the drogue, etc. all as close to the separation point as possible. So my thought is to add a grill(?), baffle(?), or support(?) so the drogue, etc. is held in place and doesn't wander down the booster tube. Is this a dumb idea?

I haven't found any other discussion about this. Maybe because I don't know what to call it LOL.Baffle.png
 

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On a serious note: use a centering ring.. the hole in the middle is usually enough to allow separation & keep stuff form sliding down.

another method is to use two chop-sticks: drill 4 holes, so that they pierce the body tube, insert teh stick, so they run parallel to each other. Glue in place, an then sand smooth on the outside.
 

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On a serious note: use a centering ring.. the hole in the middle is usually enough to allow separation & keep stuff form sliding down.

another method is to use two chop-sticks: drill 4 holes, so that they pierce the body tube, insert teh stick, so they run parallel to each other. Glue in place, an then sand smooth on the outside.
I like this idea. May want to coat the sticks with JB Weld or some other heat resistant material as it’s gonna get blasted with the ejection charge on every flight.
 

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Using Fusion 360 and a 3D printer gives endless possibilities. Definitely consider a heat resistance option.
 

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I would take wood over plastic in 'the blast zone'.. (and they are free & easy to come by.. The only time spent is picking up the order & eating it! :D )

@BABAR : is it any worse than the inside of the tube? the top CR in the MMT tube? ;)
 

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I would take wood over plastic in 'the blast zone'.. (and they are free & easy to come by.. The only time spent is picking up the order & eating it! :D )

@BABAR : is it any worse than the inside of the tube? the top CR in the MMT tube? ;)
Minimum diameter or motor mount extensions (aka stuffer or chimneys) that are same diameter or LARGER don’t seem (in my experience) to be a problem.

I have used SMALLER tubes for pop pods in gliders or for rear ejection to provide more space for recovery gear or save weight. THESE have had a problem, if not protected they burn through just forward of motor after X flights (it varies.). So I put a rolled up single layer of aluminum can in the first about 4 inches and no problem.

So I theeenk that items directly or nearly directly in front of blast get toastier than tubes parallel to but not directly impacted.

I have always kinda wondered why gap staged rockets can light a motor over 50 inches away (my maximum successful gap in flight, I have done 6 feet on a test stand) and not light the paper cardboard tube right next to motor on fire. Emma Krystal (Kristal) did a nice NARAM presentation that showed it was hot gas radiance and not particles that lit the motors.

I think this is also how Kevlar mounts on low power rockets tend to burn through after a number of flights, likely during packing the first inch crosses directly in front of the motor.
 

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Minimum diameter or motor mount extensions (aka stuffer or chimneys) that are same diameter or LARGER don’t seem (in my experience) to be a problem.

I have used SMALLER tubes for pop pods in gliders or for rear ejection to provide more space for recovery gear or save weight. THESE have had a problem, if not protected they burn through just forward of motor after X flights (it varies.). So I put a rolled up single layer of aluminum can in the first about 4 inches and no problem.

So I theeenk that items directly or nearly directly in front of blast get toastier than tubes parallel to but not directly impacted.

I have always kinda wondered why gap staged rockets can light a motor over 50 inches away (my maximum successful gap in flight, I have done 6 feet on a test stand) and not light the paper cardboard tube right next to motor on fire. Emma Krystal (Kristal) did a nice NARAM presentation that showed it was hot gas radiance and not particles that lit the motors.

I think this is also how Kevlar mounts on low power rockets tend to burn through after a number of flights, likely during packing the first inch crosses directly in front of the motor.
thanks for this!
 

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Excellent idea.

I chose to use an extra long motor tube, and a third centering ring on my custom Loc4 build (one tube, not DD split tube). Has the same effect. Maybe I'll add a couple pieces of wood across the front of the motor tube, but my laundry is above a large blanket, and has no possibility of sliding down a 38mm tube.
 

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The laundry shelf is a good idea, but the first thing I would eliminate is the motor ejection. If you're using an altimeter, use it for apogee deploy. Much more accurate and allows for a smaller charge since it will only occur at apogee and all you need is to get the drogue into the air stream not a full extension of the shock cord.
 

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Regarding the thread title, I would call it a baffle, but that's because I would actually install a baffle. You need something for the laundry to sit on, why not get double duty out of it?
 
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