The first book to offer an integrated discussion of rocket engine theory and nuclear reactor theory explores the physical principles underlying the design and operation of nuclear fission-based rocket engines, touching upon the novel nuclear pulse rocket concept
1. Introduction 2. Rocket Engine Fundamentals 3. Nuclear Rocket Engine Cycles 4. Interplanetary Mission Analysis 5. Basic Nuclear Structure and Processes 6. Neutron Flux Energy Distribution 7. Neutron Balance Equation and Transport Theory 8. Multigroup Neutron Diffusion Equations 9. Thermal Fluid Aspects of Nuclear Rockets 10. Turbomachinery 11. Nuclear Reactor Kinetics 12. Nuclear Rocket Stability 13. Fuel Depletion Implications for Long Duration Operation 14. Shielding of Nuclear Rockets 15. Materials for Nuclear Thermal Rockets 16. Nuclear Rocket Engine Testing 17. Advanced Nuclear Rocket Concepts
Dr. Emrich has worked at the NASA Marshall Center for over 27 years, starting in 1987 in Software Quality Assurance. Now a Senior Engineer, Emrich is working at the forefront of research that is propelling America's journey to Mars. Emrich conceived, designed and now operates the megawatt-class Nuclear Thermal Rocket Element Environment Simulator. In 2015, he became the second Marshall team member to win the coveted AIAA Engineer of the Year award. The award is presented to a member of AIAA who has made a recent individual contribution in the application of scientific and mathematical principles leading to a significant accomplishment or event. He earned numerous college degrees including a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a doctorate in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he now teaches nuclear rocket propulsion for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and mentors young engineers.