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HIGH-PRESSURE GAS FROM LITHIUM HYDRIDE AND SEA WATER
NAVAL ORDNANCE TEST STATION CHINA LAKE CA
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Tests were made to determine the quantity and rate of gas produced from the lithium hydride-sea water reaction. The effects of particle size, pressure, temperature, water composition, water-lithium hydride ratio, and additives to the lithium hydride were investigated. In addition, a gas inflation system for torpedo recovery using lithium hydride was designed and tested in the ocean. Lithium hydride and water were found to react completely at a ratio of 25 or more parts water 1.0 part lithium hydride, by weight. The effects of other variables on the reaction were minor. The lithium hydride torpedo-recovery system successfully raised 50 pounds from a depth of 2,600 feet.
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