Experimental Investigation of the Interaction of Electrothermal Plasmas with Solid Propellants
TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN DEPT OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING AND ENGINEERING MECHANICS
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The primary focus of the proposed work is a detailed experimental study of the plasma and its interaction with representative solid propellants. The objective of the work is to develop an extensive experimental database of species concentrations both during the plasma-propellant interaction and immediately thereafter. Such a data base is vital to develop a correct thermochemical model of mechanisms that lead to rapid, repeatable ignition and which permit temperature compensation of the gun charge. This knowledge is essential if the Army is to field plasma initiators.
- Physical Chemistry
- Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics
- Combustion and Ignition
- Solid Rocket Propellants