Solid Propellant Combustion Mechanism Research
Annual rept. 1 Nov 1972-30 Sep 1973
PRINCETON UNIV NJ DEPT OF AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL SCIENCES
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The annual report highlights the progress being made on several concurrent solid propellant combustion mechanism researches. Studies of nitrocellulose-base propellants have produced a broad range of experimental results for platonized and unplatonized propellants. The corresponding mathematical models consider the flame zone processes controlling temperature sensitivity, extinguishment limits, and burning rate. The analytical studies of ignition and burning of porous propellants are producing good agreement with data, new insights into the combustion processes, and establishing regimes where steady-state burning rates are achievable. The work of nonsteady burning has progressed to the point that rocket motor transients can be predicted and dynamic burning rates in a variable throat area, low L motor can be measured this work has progressed from the research phase to the development stage. Sub- micron pyrophoric aluminum is being investigated as a means of increasing propellant burning rate.
- Combustion and Ignition
- Solid Rocket Propellants