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Introduction to Propulsion Simulation Using NPSS - Winter Short Course

Dec 05, 2023 to Dec 08, 2023
San Antonio, TX, United States
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Numerical Propulsion System Simulation, NPSS® is an object-oriented, multi-physics, engineering design, and simulation environment that enables the development, collaboration, and seamless integration of system models. It is primarily used in aerospace applications for modeling air and liquid propulsion systems and for the integrated analysis of aerospace vehicles. This introductory course is divided into ten modules and one workshop that cover the basic concepts and features of NPSS. Each module is accompanied by hands-on exercises. After completing the course, the student will be able to create and run system models using the NPSS software. The course is intended for engineers responsible for modeling or analyzing the performance of thermo-dynamic and fluid/thermal systems.

Instruction is provided by experienced SwRI staff who also serve on the NPSS development team.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to NPSS
  • Anatomy of an NPSS Simulation
  • NPSS Elements Needed for Class
  • Building a Model
  • Variables, Arrays, and Units
  • Functions
  • The Guts of the Elements
  • The NPSS Solver
  • Design and Off-Design Analysis
  • Post Processing and Debugging
  • NPSS Modeling Workshop


Days 1 – 3: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day 4: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Southwest Research Institute
Bldg. 77, Training Room 166
6220 Culebra Road
San Antonio, TX 78238


The short course cost is $1,350 USD per registrant.

Registration includes 3.5 days of course instruction, training materials available for upload via online link, class exercises, and three lunches.

For more information, please contact Griffin Beck.