Accession Number:

AD0605175

Title:

STUDY OF ELECTRON GENERATION BY SOLID PROPELLANT TECHNIQUE

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ATLANTIC RESEARCH CORP ALEXANDRIA VA

Report Date:

1962-09-21

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

Electron generators functioning by combustion of a cesium nitrate- aluminum pressed charge have been developed and test-fired in an altitude chamber. Thermodynamic analysis of the combustion and nozzle-expansion process shows that about 10 to the 20th power electrons are discharged per gram of charge, the gaseous product containing about 2 mole per cent electrons. Spectroscopic measurements of the exhaust plume at 40 mm Hg abs confirm electron concentrations of this magnitude via Stark-broadening of cesium emission lines. Details of generator operation are given, and alternate chemical systems for electron generation are discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Solid Rocket Propellants

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE