QSPR and Artificial Neural Network Predictions of Hypergolic Ignition Delays for Energetic Ionic Liquids
CFD RESEARCH CORP HUNTSVILLE AL
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Due to their negligible volatility, energetic ionic liquids are being considered as next generation hypergolic fuels for replacing toxic monomethylhydrazine. One design challenge for energetic ionic liquids is to maintain their ignition delays as close to that of monomethylhydrazine. The ignition process of ionic liquids with an oxidizer, such as nitric acid, is a complex process and, to date, there is no theoretical method for predicting the ignition delay. The present work examined two correlation methods, Quantitative Structure Property Relationship QSPR and Artificial Neural Networks ANNs, for their ability to predict this quantity. A set of five descriptors were chosen from a pool of more than 160 to establish these correlations. A good QSPR correlation was obtained using these descriptors. We also trained an artificial neural network and examined the predictive ability of the network using an extensive 5-fold cross validation process for the same set of descriptors. A number of data normalization techniques were examined for network training and validation. The results show that ANNs exhibit excellent prediction capabilities for this application.
- Operations Research
- Combustion and Ignition