Non-Toxic Homogeneous Miscible Fuel (NHMF) Development for Hypergolic Bipropellant Engines,
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIV CHINA LAKE CA
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The authors have collaborated to conduct rocket engine firings of a newly discovered non-toxic homogeneous miscible fuel NHMF with 91 hydrogen peroxide. The synthesis of the NHMP and purification of the high test peroxide, as well as the preliminary spot-plate testing, were accomplished at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, California. The rocket engine firings were conducted at the Mojave Test Facility of HMX Incorporated located at the Mojave airport. These engine tests represent a continuation and enhancement of research started under a technology feasibility study. The synthesized fuels were found to be true polar solutions, were non-toxic, economical, and, most importantly, had actual hypergolic ignition delays in the millisecond region. These candidate fuels are applicable for use in divertattitude control system, orbit transfer, and large launch vehicle applications.