THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLASTISOL PROPELLANT FOR THE NIKE-ZEUS BOOSTER
ROHM AND HAAS CO HUNTSVILLE AL
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An attempt was initiated to develop a propulsion system for the Nike- Zeus booster, including the selection of a suitable propellant, propellant configuration, compatible liner system, and ignition system. Plastisol propellant compositions were evaluated in a 15-scale linear dimensions Nike- Zeus configuration at least one composition 178cf gave results equal to or slightly superior to those currently obtained in booster motors loaded with other improved high energy propellants. Production of the 178 propellant is comparatively simple and is very reproducible. Calculations showed that its physical properties are more than adequate by a factor of 2 for use in the Zeus system. Production facilities manufacture large quantities of Composition 178 could be provided, probably within 1 yr, during which time facilities could also be made available to supply all the needed raw materials.
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