The Energetics Research Group (ERG) is a unit of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Whiting School of Engineering (WSE), specializing in propulsion and energetics research. For more than 70 years, the ERG has supported the propulsion community with research and data management under various names as part of the Johns Hopkins University. This is the 26th year that the group has fallen directly under the purview of the Whiting School of Engineering. Formerly known as the Chemical Propulsion Information Analysis Center (CPIAC), and most recently as the Center for Aerospace-Defense Research and Engineering (CADRE), the ERG is dedicated to research, development, analysis and publication of technical work in the field of chemical propulsion and energetics.
The ERG’s mission is to serve as the touchstone of propulsion and energetics research within the government, private sector and academia; acting as the core for knowledge and expertise, adding value with trusted research and objective analysis, and connecting people and resources-all to ensure that the community is efficient, effective, and vigorous in solving the complex problems of national interest.
The ERG fields of interest and responsibility include system and component level technologies for chemical, electrical, and nuclear propulsion for rockets, missiles, space and gun propulsion systems; as well as the performance, safety and handling of energetics and explosives. The ERG also provides the technical and administrative support for the Joint Army-Navy-NASA-Air Force (JANNAF) Interagency Propulsion Committee, the primary technical information exchange platform for the U.S. propulsion industry.
The ERG also operates the Advanced Engine & Rocket Fuel (AERoFuels) Laboratory, which tests thermal stability of RP-2 and methane; and designs additive manufactured parts for components of solid rocket engines under contract with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
As a knowledgeable and objective participant in supporting industry research and development (R&D), the ERG assists sponsors in maximizing increasingly limited R&D funding by focusing on key propulsion system technology needs through objective research, technical assessments, workshops, and symposia.