A CRITICAL REVIEW OF RECENT RESEARCH ON THE MECHANISM OF IGNITION OF SOLID ROCKET PROPELLANTS
PRINCETON UNIV NJ
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A number of experimental techniques varying in form and concept have been used to study the ignition of composite and nitrate ester propellants. Both slow and fast ignitions have been studied, and ignition delays have ranged from 20 sec down to less than a millisecond. In the experiments which have been conducted, the propellants have been heated by hot wires, test furnaces of various types, flowing gas streams at elevated temperatures, shock tubes and shock tunnnels, highly reactive oxidizing gases, arcimage furnaces, etc. This review will contain a description of the various theories which have been used to account for the phenomenon of propellant ignition, a discussion of the experimental methods which have been applied to this study, and an evaluation of the reported results.
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- Combustion and Ignition