Stage 1 Propellant, Surveillance Report, Glacial Acrylic Acid, Motors GAA-001 and GAA-002 TP-H1011.
Annual test results,
OGDEN AIR LOGISTICS CENTER HILL AFB UT PROPELLANT ANALYSIS LAB
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Thiokol Minuteman First Stage Propellant uses acrylic acid to produce the HB polymer used as the binder. The original supplier of acrylic acid stopped production and Thiokol then obtained acrylic acid produced by the Taft, Louisiana Plant of Union Carbide Company. To assure that this new source of supply was a satisfactory replacement, Thiokol ran qualifications testing on the new material and found it satisfactory. In the Thiokol program two motors were cast in 1971 and propellant from the mixes were cast into cartons for a ten year test program. This propellant was then transferred to this laboratory and testing on a yearly basis was started in 1975. From an analysis of the data the propellants physical properties are satisfactory and the stability, with respect to age, is satisfactory.
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