High Energy Density Solid and Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuels
Final rept. Jul 1987-Dec 1988
GEO-CENTERS INC NEWTON CENTRE MA
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The development of new high-energy hydrocarbon fuels for use in air- breathing missiles has been the objective of a number of investigations which have received support during the past decade through programs sponsored by the Air Force Systems Command andor the Naval Air Systems Command. The key characteristics which must be met by potential cruise missile fuels have been described by Burdette and coworkers. A primary requirement in this regard is that candidate fuels must possess high net volumetric heat of combustion preferably greater than 160,000 BTUgallon. In order to meet the primary requirement of high net volumetric heat of combustion, hydrocarbon systems have been sought which maximize the ratio of carbon-atom to hydrogen-atom content have been sought which maximize the ratio nm.