Sample records for solid propellant gas

  1. Solid propellants.

    Marsh, H. E., Jr.; Hutchison, J. J.


    The basic principles underlying propulsion by rocket motor are examined together with the configuration of a solid propellant motor. Solid propellants and their preparation are discussed, giving attention to homogeneous propellants, composite propellants, energetic considerations in choosing a solid propellant, the processing of composite propellants, and some examples of new developments. The performance of solid propellants is investigated, taking into account characteristics velocity, the specific impulse, and performance calculations. Aspects of propellant development considered include nonperformance requirements for solid propellants, the approach to development, propellant mechanical properties, and future trends.

  2. Applications for Solid Propellant Cool Gas Generator Technology

    van der List, M.; van Vliet, L. D.; Sanders, H. M.; Put, P. A. G.; Elst, J. W. E. C.


    In 2002 and 2003, Bradford Engineering B.V. conducted, in corporation with the Dutch research institute TNO Prins Maurits Laboratory (PML) a SME study for ESA-ESTEC for the identification of spaceflight applications and on-ground demonstration of Solid Propellant Cool Gas Generator (SPCGG) technology. This innovative technology has been developed by TNO-PML while Bradford Engineering also brought in its experience in spaceflight hardware development and manufacturing. The Solid Propellant Cool Gas Generator (SPCGG) technology allows for pure gas generation at ambient temperatures, as opposed to conventional solid propellant gas generators. This makes the SPCGG technology interesting for a wide range of terrestrial spaceflight applications. During the first part of the study, a variety of potential applications have been identified and three applications were selected for a more detailed quantitative study. In the third phase a ground demonstration was performed successfully for a cold gas propulsion system application. During the actual demonstration test, 10 cool gas generators were mounted and all operated successfully in sequence, demonstrating good repeatability of the produced amount of gas and pressure.

  3. Oscillatory burning of solid propellants including gas phase time lag.

    T'Ien, J. S.


    An analysis has been performed for oscillatory burning of solid propellants including gas phase time lag. The gaseous flame is assumed to be premixed and laminar with a one-step overall chemical reaction. The propellant is assumed to decompose according to the Arrenhius Law, with no condensed phase reaction. With this model, strong gas phase resonance has been found in certain cases at the characteristic gas-phase frequencies, but the peaking of the acoustic admittance is in the direction favoring the damping of pressure waves. At still higher frequencies, moderate wave-amplifying ability was found. The limit of low frequency response obtained previously by Denison and Baum was recovered, and the limitations of the quasi-steady theory were investigated.

  4. Oscillatory burning of solid propellants including gas phase time lag.

    T'Ien, J. S.


    An analysis has been performed for oscillatory burning of solid propellants including gas phase time lag. The gaseous flame is assumed to be premixed and laminar with a one-step overall chemical reaction. The propellant is assumed to decompose according to the Arrenhius Law, with no condensed phase reaction. With this model, strong gas phase resonance has been found in certain cases at the characteristic gas-phase frequencies, but the peaking of the acoustic admittance is in the direction favoring the damping of pressure waves. At still higher frequencies, moderate wave-amplifying ability was found. The limit of low frequency response obtained previously by Denison and Baum was recovered, and the limitations of the quasi-steady theory were investigated.

  5. Solid propellant rocket motor

    Dowler, W. L.; Shafer, J. I.; Behm, J. W.; Strand, L. D. (Inventor)


    The characteristics of a solid propellant rocket engine with a controlled rate of thrust buildup to a desired thrust level are discussed. The engine uses a regressive burning controlled flow solid propellant igniter and a progressive burning main solid propellant charge. The igniter is capable of operating in a vacuum and sustains the burning of the propellant below its normal combustion limit until the burning propellant surface and combustion chamber pressure have increased sufficiently to provide a stable chamber pressure.

  6. Solid propellant motor

    Shafer, J. I.; Marsh, H. E., Jr. (Inventor)


    A case bonded end burning solid propellant rocket motor is described. A propellant with sufficiently low modulus to avoid chamber buckling on cooling from cure and sufficiently high elongation to sustain the stresses induced without cracking is used. The propellant is zone cured within the motor case at high pressures equal to or approaching the pressure at which the motor will operate during combustion. A solid propellant motor with a burning time long enough that its spacecraft would be limited to a maximum acceleration of less than 1 g is provided by one version of the case bonded end burning solid propellant motor of the invention.

  7. The starting transient of solid propellant rocket motors with high internal gas velocities. Ph.D. Thesis

    Peretz, A.; Caveny, L. H.; Kuo, K. K.; Summerfield, M.


    A comprehensive analytical model which considers time and space development of the flow field in solid propellant rocket motors with high volumetric loading density is described. The gas dynamics in the motor chamber is governed by a set of hyperbolic partial differential equations, that are coupled with the ignition and flame spreading events, and with the axial variation of mass addition. The flame spreading rate is calculated by successive heating-to-ignition along the propellant surface. Experimental diagnostic studies have been performed with a rectangular window motor (50 cm grain length, 5 cm burning perimeter and 1 cm hydraulic port diameter), using a controllable head-end gaseous igniter. Tests were conducted with AP composite propellant at port-to-throat area ratios of 2.0, 1.5, 1.2, and 1.06, and head-end pressures from 35 to 70 atm. Calculated pressure transients and flame spreading rates are in very good agreement with those measured in the experimental system.

  8. Solid Propellant Flame Spectroscopy


    400 jm to reach the maximum flame temperature, a distance that can be reduced by replacing the HTPB binder with a polyester or CMDB binder. The...the dark zone for propellants similar to HIX2 is 2-2.5 mm at 1.8 MPa (18 atm, 265 psia) (Ref. 22,187). In contrast, the dark zone for HMX CMDB ...propellants eliminates the dark zone is not surprising, since TMETN is a nitrate ester as was the double-base matrix of Kubota’s HMX CMDB propellant. A

  9. Low acid producing solid propellants

    Bennett, Robert R.


    The potential environmental effects of the exhaust products of conventional rocket propellants have been assessed by various groups. Areas of concern have included stratospheric ozone, acid rain, toxicity, air quality and global warming. Some of the studies which have been performed on this subject have concluded that while the impacts of rocket use are extremely small, there are propellant development options which have the potential to reduce those impacts even further. This paper discusses the various solid propellant options which have been proposed as being more environmentally benign than current systems by reducing HCI emissions. These options include acid neutralized, acid scavenged, and nonchlorine propellants. An assessment of the acid reducing potential and the viability of each of these options is made, based on current information. Such an assessment is needed in order to judge whether the potential improvements justify the expenditures of developing the new propellant systems.

  10. Environmentally compatible solid rocket propellants

    Jacox, James L.; Bradford, Daniel J.


    Hercules' clean propellant development research is exploring three major types of clean propellant: (1) chloride-free formulations (no chlorine containing ingredients), being developed on the Clean Propellant Development and Demonstration (CPDD) contract sponsored by Phillips Laboratory, Edwards Air Force Base, CA; (2) low HCl scavenged formulations (HCl-scavenger added to propellant oxidized with ammonium perchlorate (AP)); and (3) low HCl formulations oxidized with a combination of AN and AP (with or without an HCl scavenger) to provide a significant reduction (relative to current solid rocket boosters) in exhaust HCl. These propellants provide performance approaching that of current systems, with less than 2 percent HCl in the exhaust, a significant reduction (greater than or equal to 70 percent) in exhaust HCl levels. Excellent processing, safety, and mechanical properties were achieved using only readily available, low cost ingredients. Two formulations, a sodium nitrate (NaNO3) scavenged HTPB and a chloride-free hydroxy terminated polyether (HTPE) propellant, were characterized for ballistic, mechanical, and rheological properties. In addition, the hazards properties were demonstrated to provide two families of class 1.3, 'zero-card' propellants. Further characterization is planned which includes demonstration of ballistic tailorability in subscale (one to 70 pound) motors over the range of burn rates required for retrofit into current Hercules space booster designs (Titan 4 SRMU and Delta 2 GEM).

  11. Erosive burning of solid propellants

    King, Merrill K.


    Presented here is a review of the experimental and modeling work concerning erosive burning of solid propellants (augmentation of burning rate by flow of product gases across a burning surface). A brief introduction describes the motor design problems caused by this phenomenon, particularly for low port/throat area ratio motors and nozzleless motors. Various experimental techniques for measuring crossflow sensitivity of solid propellant burning rates are described, with the conclusion that accurate simulation of the flow, including upstream flow development, in actual motors is important since the degree of erosive burning depends not only on local mean crossflow velocity and propellant nature, but also upon this upstream development. In the modeling area, a brief review of simplified models and correlating equations is presented, followed by a description of more complex numerical analysis models. Both composite and double-base propellant models are reviewed. A second generation composite model is shown to give good agreement with data obtained in a series of tests in which composite propellant composition and heterogeneity (particle size distribution) were systematically varied. Finally, the use of numerical models for the development of erosive burning correlations is described, and a brief discussion of scaling is presented.

  12. Combustion chemistry of solid propellants

    Baer, A. D.; Ryan, N. W.


    Several studies are described of the chemistry of solid propellant combustion which employed a fast-scanning optical spectrometer. Expanded abstracts are presented for four of the studies which were previously reported. One study of the ignition of composite propellants yielded data which suggested early ammonium perchlorate decomposition and reaction. The results of a study of the spatial distribution of molecular species in flames from uncatalyzed and copper or lead catalyzed double-based propellants support previously published conclusions concerning the site of action of these metal catalysts. A study of the ammonium-perchlorate-polymeric-fuel-binder reaction in thin films, made by use of infrared absorption spectrometry, yielded a characterization of a rapid condensed-phase reaction which is likely important during the ignition transient and the burning process.

  13. Solid Propellant Grain Structural Integrity Analysis


    The structural properties of solid propellant rocket grains were studied to determine the propellant resistance to stresses. Grain geometry, thermal properties, mechanical properties, and failure modes are discussed along with design criteria and recommended practices.

  14. Composite Solid Propellant Predictability and Quality Assurance

    Ramohalli, Kumar


    Reports are presented at the meeting at the University of Arizona on the study of predictable and reliable solid rocket motors. The following subject areas were covered: present state and trends in the research of solid propellants; the University of Arizona program in solid propellants, particularly in mixing (experimental and analytical results are presented).

  15. Liquid propellant gas generators


    The design of gas generators intended to provide hot gases for turbine drive is discussed. Emphasis is placed on the design and operation of bipropellant gas generators because of their wider use. Problems and limitations involved in turbine operation due to temperature effects are analyzed. Methods of temperature control of gas turbines and combustion products are examined. Drawings of critical sections of gas turbines to show their operation and areas of stress are included.

  16. Measuring Combustion Advance in Solid Propellants

    Yang, L. C.


    Set of gauges on solid-propellant rocket motor with electrically insulating case measures advance of combustion front and local erosion rates of propellant and insulation. Data furnished by gauges aid in motor design, failure analysis, and performance prediction. Technique useful in determining propellant uniformity and electrical properties of exhaust plum. Gauges used both in flight and on ground. Foilgauge technique also useful in basic research on pulsed plasmas or combustion of solids.

  17. Some typical solid propellant rocket motors

    Zandbergen, B.T.C.


    Typical Solid Propellant Rocket Motors (shortly referred to as Solid Rocket Motors; SRM's) are described with the purpose to form a database, which allows for comparative analysis and applications in practical SRM engineering.

  18. Some typical solid propellant rocket motors

    Zandbergen, B.T.C.


    Typical Solid Propellant Rocket Motors (shortly referred to as Solid Rocket Motors; SRM's) are described with the purpose to form a database, which allows for comparative analysis and applications in practical SRM engineering.

  19. Development of hydrazinium nitroformate based solid propellants

    Schöyer, H.F.R.; Schnorhk, A.J.; Korting, P.A.O.G.; Lit, P.J. van; Mul, J.M.; Gadiot, G.; Meulenbrugge, J.J.


    The development of new high-performance propellant combinations requires the establishment of safety and handling characteristics and thermodynamic decomposition and explosive properties. This paper addresses the early development phases of a new composite solid propellant based on HNF as oxidizer a

  20. Combustion response modeling for composite solid propellants


    A computerized mathematical model of the combustion response function of composite solid propellants was developed with particular attention to the contributions of the solid phase heterogeneity. The one-dimensional model treats the solid phase as alternating layers of ammonium perchlorate and binder, with an exothermic melt layer at the surface. Solution of the Fourier heat equation in the solid provides temperature and heat flux distributions with space and time. The problem is solved by conserving the heat flux at the surface from that produced by a suitable model of the gas phase. An approximation of the BDP flame model is utilized to represent the gas phase. By the use of several reasonable assumptions, it is found that a significant portion of the problem can be solved in closed form. A method is presented by which the model can be applied to tetramodal particle size distributions. A computerized steady-state version of the model was completed, which served to validate the various approximations and lay a foundation for the combustion response modeling. The combustion response modeling was completed in a form which does not require an iterative solution, and some preliminary results were acquired.

  1. Particle behavior in solid propellant rockets

    Netzer, D. W.; Diloreto, V. D.; Dubrov, E.


    The use of holography, high speed motion pictures, light scattering measurements, and post-fire particle collection/scanning electron microscopic examination to study the combustion of composite solid propellants is discussed. The relative advantages and disadvantages of the different experimental techniques for obtaining two-phase flow characteristics within the combustion environment of a solid propellant grain are evaluated. Combustion bomb studies using high speed motion pictures and post-fire residue analysis were completed for six low metal content propellants. Resolution capabilities and the relationships between post-fire residue and motion picture data are determined. Initial testing using a holocamera together with a 2D windowed motor is also described.

  2. High burn rate solid composite propellants

    Manship, Timothy D.

    High burn rate propellants help maintain high levels of thrust without requiring complex, high surface area grain geometries. Utilizing high burn rate propellants allows for simplified grain geometries that not only make production of the grains easier, but the simplified grains tend to have better mechanical strength, which is important in missiles undergoing high-g accelerations. Additionally, high burn rate propellants allow for a higher volumetric loading which reduces the overall missile's size and weight. The purpose of this study is to present methods of achieving a high burn rate propellant and to develop a composite propellant formulation that burns at 1.5 inches per second at 1000 psia. In this study, several means of achieving a high burn rate propellant were presented. In addition, several candidate approaches were evaluated using the Kepner-Tregoe method with hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HTPB)-based propellants using burn rate modifiers and dicyclopentadiene (DCPD)-based propellants being selected for further evaluation. Propellants with varying levels of nano-aluminum, nano-iron oxide, FeBTA, and overall solids loading were produced using the HTPB binder and evaluated in order to determine the effect the various ingredients have on the burn rate and to find a formulation that provides the burn rate desired. Experiments were conducted to compare the burn rates of propellants using the binders HTPB and DCPD. The DCPD formulation matched that of the baseline HTPB mix. Finally, GAP-plasticized DCPD gumstock dogbones were attempted to be made for mechanical evaluation. Results from the study show that nano-additives have a substantial effect on propellant burn rate with nano-iron oxide having the largest influence. Of the formulations tested, the highest burn rate was a 84% solids loading mix using nano-aluminum nano-iron oxide, and ammonium perchlorate in a 3:1(20 micron: 200 micron) ratio which achieved a burn rate of 1.2 inches per second at 1000

  3. Storage of solid propellants in space

    Udlock, D. E.


    A test program is described which determines the extent of physical property changes that result from extended space exposure. Primary emphasis was placed on determining the effects of space vacuum. Solid propellants were stored and their physical properties tested in a vacuum and in a dry environment. The storage caused significantly greater increases in the propellants' modulus and maximum tensile strength than occurred in parallel ambient stored samples. The data indicate that the loss of trace amounts of residual moisture from cured propellant is the apparent cause of the observed propellant property changes. Therefore, initial screening tests were carried out under dry storage conditions. Upon completion of the dry storage tests, appropriate propellant samples are exposed to an actual space environment using the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF).

  4. Processing solid propellants for recycling

    Whinnery, L.L.; Griffiths, S.K.; Handrock, J.L.; Lipkin, J.


    Rapid evolution in the structure of military forces worldwide is resulting in the retirement of numerous weapon systems. Many of these systems include rocket motors containing highly energetic propellants based on hazardous nitrocellulose/nitroglycerin (NC/NG) mixtures. Even as the surplus quantities of such material increases, however, current disposal methods -- principally open burning and open detonation (OB/OD) -- are coming under close scrutiny from environmental regulators. Environmentally conscious alternatives to disposal of propellant and explosives are thus receiving renewed interest. Recycle and reuse alternatives to OB/OD appear particularly attractive because some of the energetic materials in the inventories of surplus weapon systems represent potentially valuable resources to the commercial explosives and chemical industries. The ability to reclaim such resources is therefore likely to be a key requirement of any successful technology of the future in rocket motor demilitarization. This document consists of view graphs from the poster session.

  5. 14 CFR 420.65 - Handling of solid propellants.


    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 4 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Handling of solid propellants. 420.65....65 Handling of solid propellants. (a) A launch site operator shall determine the maximum total quantity of solid propellants and other solid explosives by class and division, in accordance with 49...

  6. Studies of solid propellant combustion with pulsed radiography

    Godai, T.; Tanemura, T.; Fujiwara, T.; Shimizu, M.


    Pulsed radiography was applied to observe solid propellant surface regression during rocket motor operation. Using a 150 KV flash X-ray system manufactured by the Field Emission Corporation and two kinds of film suppliers, images of the propellant surface of a 5 cm diameter end burning rocket motor were recorded on film. The repetition frame rate of 8 pulses per second and the pulse train length of 10 pulses are limited by the capability of the power supply and the heat build up within the X-ray tube, respectively. The experiment demonstrated the effectiveness of pulsed radiography for observing solid propellant surface regression. Measuring the position of burning surface images on film with a microdensitometer, quasi-instantaneous burning rate as a function of pressure and the variation of characteristic velocity with pressure and gas stay time were obtained. Other research items to which pulsed radiography can be applied are also suggested.

  7. Specific Impulses Losses in Solid Propellant Rockets


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  8. Explicit expression to predict the erosive burning rate of solid propellants

    Wang, S.


    Using the theory of gas dynamics and heat transfer from a turbulent gas flow to the burning surface of propellant along a permeable wall, an explicit expression is derived to predict the burning rate of the solid propellant with crossflow. Results of the calculation have been compared with experimental data and proved to be correct.

  9. The mixing of solid propellant by an artificial muscle actuator

    岩崎, 祥大; 伴, 遼介; 吉浜, 舜; 中村, 太郎; 羽生, 宏人; Iwasaki, Akihiro; Ban, Ryosuke; Yoshihama, Shun; Nakamura, Taro; Habu, Hiroto


    This research aims to reduce the cost of the solid rocket motor production, mainly solid propellant. The production process of the solid rocket propellant are usually employed the multi-batch mixing. However, this study using a peristaltic pump as a mixer will lead to the continuous process. The pump system can mix the powder materials for propellant and we consider that it will make the slurry of the solid propellant efficiently by the mechanism of the fluid dynamics in the pump.

  10. Unsteady Processes in Solid Propellant Combustion,


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  11. CFD modelling of solid propellant ignition

    Lowe, C


    Solid propellant is the highly energetic fuel burnt in the combustion chamber of ballistic weapons. It is manufactured, for this purpose, in either granular or stick form. Internal ballistics describes the behavior within the combustion chamber throughout the ballistic cycle upto projectile exit from the muzzle of the gun barrel. Over the last twenty years this has been achieved by modelling the process using two-phase flow equations. The solid granules or sticks constitute ...

  12. Consumption of stabilizers by aging in NEPE solid propellant

    Yim, Y.J.; Ryoo, B.N.; Park, Y.C.; Jeong, B.H.; Park, M.K. [Agency for Defense Development, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)


    The depletion rates of NMA and 2-NDPA were investigated by accelerated aging test in NEPE solid propellant containing BTTN and DEGDN as nitrate ester plasticizers. It was found that both NMA and 2-NDPA were depleted by the 0{sup th} order reactions and these reactions had two kinds of activation energy which showed the break-point at 60 {sup o} C for NMA and 70 {sup o} C for 2-NDPA from Arrhenius plots in temperature range of 20-80 {sup o} C. Therefore, the stabilizer content in propellant could be predicted much better by using reaction rate in the low temperature range than that in the high temperature range. The gas fissuring was not occurred under mild conditions like slow evacuation of gases from decomposition of nitrate ester plasticizers even though NMA and 2-NDPA were completely depleted in propellant.

  13. Solid Propellant Test Motor Scaling


    thickness, mm Greek Symbols k burned gas specific heat ratio M average molecular mass, g/mole 71:K temperature sensitivity of steady chamber pressure...NETHERLANDS DELFT UNIVERSITY F. Dijkstra NORWAY NORDIC AMMUNITION COMPANY St. Haugen SPAIN INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA M. Mulero AEROSPACIAL (INTA) UNITED

  14. Solid Propellant Test Article (SPTA) Test Firing


    The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) engineers test fired a 26-foot long, 100,000-pound-thrust solid rocket motor for 30 seconds at the MSFC east test area, the first test firing of the Modified NASA Motor (M-NASA Motor). The M-NASA Motor was fired in a newly constructed stand. The motor is 48-inches in diameter and was loaded with two propellant cartridges weighing a total of approximately 12,000 pounds. The purpose of the test was to learn more about solid rocket motor insulation and nozzle materials and to provide young engineers additional hands-on expertise in solid rocket motor technology. The test is a part of NASA's Solid Propulsion Integrity Program, that is to provide NASA engineers with the techniques, engineering tools, and computer programs to be able to better design, build, and verify solid rocket motors.

  15. Solid State MEMS Thrusters Using Electrically Controlled Extinguishable Solid Propellant Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — ET Materials, LLC developed the first ever electrically controlled extinguishable solid propellant (ECESP). The original propellant developed under Air Force SBIR...

  16. Design and development of a propulsion system for a cubesat - Based on solid propellant cool gas generator technology

    Rackemann, N.J.; Sanders, H.M.; Vliet, L.D. van


    Orbital manoeuvring is the next challenge in the development of cubesats. In this study a propulsion system for a cubesat with the main purpose of providing orbit manoeuvring and formation flying has been designed. This propulsion system is basically a cold gas system but it does not use a pressuris

  17. Design and development of a propulsion system for a cubesat - Based on solid propellant cool gas generator technology

    Rackemann, N.J.; Sanders, H.M.; Vliet, L.D. van


    Orbital manoeuvring is the next challenge in the development of cubesats. In this study a propulsion system for a cubesat with the main purpose of providing orbit manoeuvring and formation flying has been designed. This propulsion system is basically a cold gas system but it does not use a pressuris

  18. Rheology of composite solid propellants during motor casting

    Rogers, C. J.; Smith, P. L.; Klager, K.


    In a study conducted to evaluate flow parameters of uncured solid composite propellants during motor casting, two motors (1.8M-lb grain wt) were cast with a PBAN propellant exhibiting good flow characteristics in a 260-in. dia solid rocket motor. Attention is given to the effects of propellant compositional and processing variables on apparent viscosity as they pertain to rheological behavior and grain defect formation during casting. It is noted that optimized flow behavior is impaired with solid propellant loading. Non-Newtonian pseudoplastic flow is observed, which is dependent upon applied shear stress and the age of the uncured propellant.

  19. Solid Propellant Test Article (SPTA) Test Stand


    This photograph shows the Solid Propellant Test Article (SPTA) test stand with the Modified Nasa Motor (M-NASA) test article at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). The SPTA test stand, 12-feet wide by 12-feet long by 24-feet high, was built in 1989 to provide comparative performance data on nozzle and case insulation material and to verify thermostructural analysis models. A modified NASA 48-inch solid motor (M-NASA motor) with a 12-foot blast tube and 10-inch throat makes up the SPTA. The M-NASA motor is being used to evaluate solid rocket motor internal non-asbestos insulation materials, nozzle designs, materials, and new inspection techniques. New internal motor case instrumentation techniques are also being evaluated.

  20. Solid Hydrogen Experiments for Atomic Propellants

    Palaszewski, Bryan


    This paper illustrates experiments that were conducted on the formation of solid hydrogen particles in liquid helium. Solid particles of hydrogen were frozen in liquid helium, and observed with a video camera. The solid hydrogen particle sizes, their molecular structure transitions, and their agglomeration times were estimated. article sizes of 1.8 to 4.6 mm (0.07 to 0. 18 in.) were measured. The particle agglomeration times were 0.5 to 11 min, depending on the loading of particles in the dewar. These experiments are the first step toward visually characterizing these particles, and allow designers to understand what issues must be addressed in atomic propellant feed system designs for future aerospace vehicles.

  1. Combustion diagnosis for analysis of solid propellant rocket abort hazards: Role of spectroscopy

    Gill, W.; Cruz-Cabrera, A. A.; Donaldson, A. B.; Lim, J.; Sivathanu, Y.; Bystrom, E.; Haug, A.; Sharp, L.; Surmick, D. M.


    Solid rocket propellant plume temperatures have been measured using spectroscopic methods as part of an ongoing effort to specify the thermal-chemical-physical environment in and around a burning fragment of an exploded solid rocket at atmospheric pressures. Such specification is needed for launch safety studies where hazardous payloads become involved with large fragments of burning propellant. The propellant burns in an off-design condition producing a hot gas flame loaded with burning metal droplets. Each component of the flame (soot, droplets and gas) has a characteristic temperature, and it is only through the use of spectroscopy that their temperature can be independently identified.

  2. Study on the Detonation Danger of Solid Propellants

    黄风雷; 张宝(金平)


    A measurement system to study shock initiation behavior of solid propellants was established experimentally. By using this system, the study on shock initiation to the recovered solid propellants with micro damage was performed, especially on the deflagration to denonation transition (DDT) process of solid propellants under both the strong and weak conditions of restriction. The experimental results show that there is a fully compression region in DDT process.

  3. Solid Hydrogen Formed for Atomic Propellants

    Palaszewski, Bryan A.


    Several experiments on the formation of solid hydrogen particles in liquid helium were recently conducted at the NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field. The solid hydrogen experiments are the first step toward seeing these particles and determining their shape and size. The particles will ultimately store atoms of boron, carbon, or hydrogen, forming an atomic propellant. Atomic propellants will allow rocket vehicles to carry payloads many times heavier than possible with existing rockets or allow them to be much smaller and lighter. Solid hydrogen particles are preferred for storing atoms. Hydrogen is generally an excellent fuel with a low molecular weight. Very low temperature hydrogen particles (T < 4 K) can prevent the atoms from recombining, making it possible for their lifetime to be controlled. Also, particles that are less than 1 mm in diameter are preferred because they can flow easily into a pipe when suspended in liquid helium. The particles and atoms must remain at this low temperature until the fuel is introduced into the engine combustion (or recombination) chamber. Experiments were, therefore, planned to look at the particles and observe their formation and any changes while in liquid helium.

  4. Sensitivity of solid rocket propellants for card gap test

    Kimura, Eishu; Oyumi, Yoshio (Japan Defense Agency, Tokyo (Japan). Technical Research and Development Inst.)


    Card gap test, which is standardized in Japan Explosives Society, was modified in order to apply it to solid rocket propellants and carried out to evaluate sensitivities against shock stimuli. Solid propellants tested here were mainly azide polymer composite propellants, which contained ammonium nitrate (AN) as a main oxidizer. Double base propellant, composed nitroglycerin and nitrocellulose (NC), and ammonium perchlorate (AP)-based composite propellants. It is found that the sensitivity was dominated by the oxidizer characteristics. AP- and AN-based propellant had less sensitivity and HMX-based propellant showed higher sensitivity, and the adding of NC and TMETN contributed to worse sensitive for the card gap test. Good relationship was obtained between the card gap sensitivity and the oxygen balance of propellants tested here. (orig.)

  5. Ariane-5 solid-propellant stage development

    Gigou, Jacques


    The development status of the solid propellant engine (P230) of the Ariane-5 launcher is described. Large new industrial plants were built in Europe and Guiana for the development and manufacture of the solid-booster stage and are now operational. A product assurance policy, specific and common to the companies that are involved in the engine's development, was defined and will be implemented. The paper describes the production cycles for the charged segments, the igniter, and the nozzle for P230 engine, as well as the process of engine integration and testing. Consideration is also given to the engine thrust capability, the launcher flight control, and the interfaces. The the major engine development tests are described.

  6. Effect of Temperature on Mechanical Properties of Solid Rocket Propellants

    Himanshu Shekhar


    Full Text Available Mechanical properties of solid rocket propellants are dependent on temperature. Any change in temperature brings significant change in the tensile strength, percentage elongation, and elastic modulus of the propellant. Different classes of operational solid rocket propellants namely extruded double-base propellants, composite, extruded composite and nitrarte ester polyester propellants were evaluated at different temperatures in the operating range of the rockets and missiles preferably in the range of –50 oC to +55 oC. It was observed that for each class of propellant, as temperature reduces, propellant becomes hard. This is depicted by increase in elastic modulus and tensile strength of the material. However, trend of percentage elongation is not very uniform. Extruded double-base propellants show less percentage elongation (around 1 per cent at reduced temperature (–50 oC probably due to brittleness. So is the trend with case-bonded composite propellants. However, reverse trend is exhibited by cartridge-loaded composite propellants and nitrate ester polyester propellants. Such propellants show higher percentage elongation (6 per cent for CLCP and 35 per cent for NEPE at reduced temperature (–50 oC. This makes such propellants tough and more area under stress-strain curve at reduced temperature is observed.Defence Science Journal, 2011, 61(6, pp.529-533, DOI:

  7. Design of Multi-Propellant Star Grains for Solid Propellant Rockets

    S. Krishnan


    Full Text Available A new approach to solve the geometry-problem of solid propellant star is presented. The basis of the approach is to take the web-thickness (a ballistic as well as a geometrical property as the characteristic length. The nondimensional characteristic parameters representing diameter, length, slenderness-ratio, and ignitor accommodation of the grain are all identified. Many particular cases of star configurations (from the configurations of single propellant to those of four different propellants can be analysed through the identified characteristic parameters. A better way of representing the single-propellant-star-performance in a design graph is explained. Two types of dual propellant grains are analysed in detail. The first type is characterised by its two distinct stages of burning (initially by single propellant burning and then by dual propellant burning; the second type has the dual propellant burning throughout. Suitability of the identified characteristic parameters to an optimisation study is demonstrated through examples.

  8. Advances in the research on the solid propellant properties abroad

    Du, Lei; Jiang, Zhirong


    The recent research on the mechanical properties, burning behavior and processing technology of solid propellants abroad was reviewed. There are some available results in predicting theoretically the mechanical and rheological properties of solid propellants. In order to reduce the cost and increase the reliability in propellants processing, there is great demand on the design and manufacture of continuous mixer of high efficiency and safety. The research on the thermoplastic elastomers used as a kind of future binder of solid propellants has attracted more and more attention of many relevant experts.

  9. Effects of propellant composition variables on acceleration-induced burning-rate augmentation of solid propellants

    Northam, G. B.


    This work was conducted to define further the effects of propellant composition variables on the acceleration-induced burning rate augmentation of solid propellants. The rate augmentation at a given acceleration was found to be a nonlinear inverse function of the reference burning rate and not controlled by binder or catalyst type at a given reference rate. A nonaluminized propellant and a low rate double-base propellant exhibited strong transient rate augmentation due to surface pitting resulting from the retention of hot particles on the propellant surface.

  10. Solid propellants for rockets. Rocket suishin yaku

    Kubota, N. (Defense Agency, Tokyo (Japan). Technical Research and Development Inst.)


    Physical and chemical ProPerties and combustion characteristics of propellants differ according to the combination of oxidizers and fuel components. Composite smoke propellant, having crystalline ammonium perchlorate as an oxidizer and hydrocarbon Polymer as a fuel, has higher specific impulse and improved mechanical properties compared to smokeless double base propellant consisting of nitroglycerin and nirocellulose. Double base propellants with low specific impulse are combined with nitramines( RDX or HMX ) to make composite modified double based( CMDB ) propellants, as a result the smokeless property of double base propellant is preserved and the combustion efficiency is increased. With the combination of oxidizing agents and fuels, formation of various high functional propellants has been possible and energetic azide polymers have provided possibilities for fuels of propellants. 3 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  11. Laser-induced fluorescence in high pressure solid propellant flames.

    Edwards, T; Weaver, D P; Campbell, D H


    The application of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) to the study of high pressure solid propellant flames is described. The distribution of the OH and CN radicals was determined in several solid propellant flames at pressures up to 3.5 MPa. The greatest difficulty in these measurements was the separation of the desired LIF signals from the large scattering at the laser wavelength from the very optically thick propellant flames. Raman experiments using 308-nm excitation were also attempted in the propellant flames but were unsuccessful due to LIF interferences from OH and NH.

  12. Coupled gas flow/solid dynamics model for predicting the formation of fracture patterns in gas well simulation experiments. [Propellant mixture used instead of explosives to fracture rock surrounding borehole

    Taylor, L.M.; Swenson, D.V.; Cooper, P.W.


    A two-dimensional finite element model for predicting fracture patterns obtained in high energy gas fracture experiments is presented. In these experiments, a mixture of propellants is used instead of explosives to fracture the rock surrounding the borehole. The propellant mixture is chosen to tailor the pressure pulse so that multiple fractures emanate from the borehole. The model allows the fracture pattern and pressure pulse to be calculated for different combinations of propellant mixture, in situ stress conditions, and rock properties. The model calculates the amount of gas generated by the burning propellants using a burn rate given by a power law in pressure. By assuming that the gas behaves as a perfect gas and that the flow down the fractures is isothermal, the loss of gas from the borehole due to flow down the cracks is accounted for. The flow of gas down the cracks is included in an approximate manner by assuming self-similar pressure profiles along the fractures. Numerical examples are presented and compared to three different full-scale experiments. Results show a good correlation with the experimental data over a wide variety of test parameters. 9 reference, 10 figures, 3 tables.

  13. Crusader solid propellant best technical approach

    Graves, V. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Bader, G. [Fire Support Armament Center, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (United States); Dolecki, M. [Tank-Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Picatinny, NJ (United States); Krupski, S. [Benet Weapons Lab., Watervliet Arsenal, NY (United States); Zangrando, R. [Close Combat Armament Center, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (United States)


    The goal of the Solid Propellant Resupply Team is to develop Crusader system concepts capable of automatically handling 155mm projectiles and Modular Artillery Charges (MACs) based on system requirements. The system encompasses all aspects of handling from initial input into a resupply vehicle (RSV) to the final loading into the breech of the self-propelled howitzer (SPH). The team, comprised of persons from military and other government organizations, developed concepts for the overall vehicles as well as their interior handling components. An intermediate review was conducted on those components, and revised concepts were completed in May 1995. A concept evaluation was conducted on the finalized concepts, from both a systems level and a component level. The team`s Best Technical Approach (BTA) concept was selected from that evaluation. Both vehicles in the BTA have a front-engine configuration with the crew situated behind the engine-low in the vehicles. The SPH concept utilizes an automated reload port at the rear of the vehicle, centered high. The RSV transfer boom will dock with this port to allow automated ammunition transfer. The SPH rearm system utilizes fully redundant dual loaders. Active magazines are used for both projectiles and MACs. The SPH also uses a nonconventional tilted ring turret configuration to maximize the available interior volume in the vehicle. This configuration can be rearmed at any elevation angle but only at 0{degree} azimuth. The RSV configuration is similar to that of the SPH. The RSV utilizes passive storage racks with a pick-and-place manipulator for handling the projectiles and active magazines for the MACs. A telescoping transfer boom extends out the front of the vehicle over the crew and engine.

  14. Crusader solid propellant best technical approach

    Graves, V. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Bader, G. [Fire Support Armament Center, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (United States); Dolecki, M. [Tank-Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Picatinny, NJ (United States); Krupski, S. [Benet Weapons Lab., Watervliet Arsenal, NY (United States); Zangrando, R. [Close Combat Armament Center, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (United States)


    The goal of the Solid Propellant Resupply Team is to develop Crusader system concepts capable of automatically handling 155mm projectiles and Modular Artillery Charges (MACs) based on system requirements. The system encompasses all aspects of handling from initial input into a resupply vehicle (RSV) to the final loading into the breech of the self-propelled howitzer (SPH). The team, comprised of persons from military and other government organizations, developed concepts for the overall vehicles as well as their interior handling components. An intermediate review was conducted on those components, and revised concepts were completed in May 1995. A concept evaluation was conducted on the finalized concepts, from both a systems level and a component level. The team`s Best Technical Approach (BTA) concept was selected from that evaluation. Both vehicles in the BTA have a front-engine configuration with the crew situated behind the engine-low in the vehicles. The SPH concept utilizes an automated reload port at the rear of the vehicle, centered high. The RSV transfer boom will dock with this port to allow automated ammunition transfer. The SPH rearm system utilizes fully redundant dual loaders. Active magazines are used for both projectiles and MACs. The SPH also uses a nonconventional tilted ring turret configuration to maximize the available interior volume in the vehicle. This configuration can be rearmed at any elevation angle but only at 0{degree} azimuth. The RSV configuration is similar to that of the SPH. The RSV utilizes passive storage racks with a pick-and-place manipulator for handling the projectiles and active magazines for the MACs. A telescoping transfer boom extends out the front of the vehicle over the crew and engine.

  15. Propellant development for the Advanced Solid Rocket Motor

    Landers, L. C.; Stanley, C. B.; Ricks, D. W.


    The properties of a propellant developed for the NASA Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) are described in terms of its composition, performance, and compliance to NASA specifications. The class 1.3 HTPB/AP/A1 propellant employs an ester plasticizer and the content of ballistic solids is set at 88 percent. Ammonia evolution is prevented by the utilization of a neutral bonding agent which allows continuous mixing. The propellant also comprises a bimodal AP blend with one ground fraction, ground AP of at least 20 microns, and ferric oxide to control the burning rate. The propellant's characteristics are discussed in terms of tradeoffs in AP particle size and the types of Al powder, bonding agent, and HTPB polymer. The size and shape of the ballistic solids affect the processability, ballistic properties, and structural properties of the propellant. The revised baseline composition is based on maximizing the robustness of in-process viscosity, structural integrity, and burning-rate tailoring range.

  16. Burn Rate Modelling of Solid Rocket Propellants (Short Communication

    A.R. Kulkarni


    Full Text Available A generalised model of burning of a solid rocket propellant based on kinetics of propellant hasbeen developed. A complete set of variables has been formed after examining the existing models.Buckingham theorem provides the functional form of the model, such that the existing models are thesubcases of this generalised model. This proposed model has been validated by an experimental data.

  17. Fluid dynamics of the unsteady two phase processes leading to DDT in granular solid propellants

    Krier, H.; Butler, P. B.; Lembeck, M. F.


    Deflagration to Detonation (DDT) was predicted to occur in porous beds of high-energy solid propellants by solving the unsteady fluid mechanical convective heat transfer from hot gas products, obtained from the rapid burning at high pressures, provides the impetus to develop a narrow combustion zone and a resulting strong shock. A parametric study clearly indicates that DDT occurs only when a combination of the solids loading fraction, the burning rate constants, the propellant chemical energy, and the particle size provide for critical energy and gas release to support a detonation wave. Predictions for the run-up length to detonation as a function of these parameters are presented.

  18. Thermodynamic cycle analysis of solid propellant air-turbo-rocket

    CHEN Xiang; CHEN Yu-chun; TU Qiu-ye; ZHANG Hong; CAI Yuan-hu


    Solid propellant air-turbo-rocket (SPATR) is an air-breathing propulsion system. A numerical model of performance and characteristics analysis for SPATR was presented and the corresponding computer program was written according to the operation characteristics of SPATR. The influence on the SPATR performance at design point caused by the gas generator exit parameters and compressor pressure ratio had been computed and analyzed in detail. The off-design perform-ance of SPATR at sea level and high altitude had also been computed. The performance of thrust and specific impulse for SPATR with different solid propellant had been compared at off-design points, and the off-design performance comparison had been made between fuel-rich and oxygen-rich. The computation results indicated that SPATR operates within wide range of Maeh number (0 ~3) and altitude (0~12 km), and SPATR possesses high specific thrust (1 200 N/(kg/s)) and high specific impulse (7000 N/ (kg/s)) when fuel-air ratio of combustor equals fuel-air ratio.

  19. Process and quality verification controls for solid propellant manufacturing

    Rogers, C. J.


    It is pointed out that in-process tests to verify quality and detect discrepant propellant which could compromise motor performance are essential elements of the solid composite propellant manufacturing process. The successful performance of the 260SL-1 and 260SL-2 motors aptly verified the controls used for manufacturing the propellant. The present investigation is concerned with the selected control parameters, and their relationships to composition and final propellant properties. Control performance is evaluated by comparison with processing data experienced in the manufacture of the propellant for the 260SL-1 motor. It is found that the in-process quality verification controls utilized in the propellant manufacturing process for the 260-in. diameter motor contributed significantly to the confidence of successful and predictable motor performance.

  20. Process and quality verification controls for solid propellant manufacturing

    Rogers, C. J.


    It is pointed out that in-process tests to verify quality and detect discrepant propellant which could compromise motor performance are essential elements of the solid composite propellant manufacturing process. The successful performance of the 260SL-1 and 260SL-2 motors aptly verified the controls used for manufacturing the propellant. The present investigation is concerned with the selected control parameters, and their relationships to composition and final propellant properties. Control performance is evaluated by comparison with processing data experienced in the manufacture of the propellant for the 260SL-1 motor. It is found that the in-process quality verification controls utilized in the propellant manufacturing process for the 260-in. diameter motor contributed significantly to the confidence of successful and predictable motor performance.

  1. Development of composite solid propellent using dicyclopentadien binder

    Bluestone, Stephen Ray

    Through the history of composite solid propellant binders new chemicals are introduced as binders to improve upon the previous generation. Sometimes this is done to improve upon the flaws or shortcomings of a previous binder. Other time it is to meet a new set of requirements desired by industry. Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) is a hydrocarbon monomer being considered for its potential as a new binder in the composite propellant industry. The binder of a composite solid propellant is arguably the most important feature of the propellant. It is the binder that provides the majority of the structural characteristics of the propellant while also contributing itself as fuel to the combustion process. A binder in composite propellants must also be able to accept the introduction of a large quantity of solid filler; oxidizer, fuel, and other energetic and non-energetic particles. Many of the composite propellants used in industry today have over 80% of their weight composed of non-binder solid or liquid fillers. These requirements must be met by the binder in some form or fashion to produce a propellant able to compete with binders currently in use. When DCPD is polymerized it produces an extremely tough plastic with excellent tensile and impact strength. Experimentation has found that DCPD is able to support a large quantity of solid materials, over 80% weight of the mixture, while still retaining a great portion of its original strength. When compared to another similarly loaded binder currently used in industry, Hydroxyl-Terminated Polybutadiene (HTPB), it was found that DCPD composite propellant had nearly 1.5 times the stress capacity while still exhibiting over 75% of the strain capacity of HTPB based composite propellant. In addition it was also shown that DCPD composite propellant allows for tailoring of its mechanical properties with the addition of plasticizers. The DCPD based composite propellant also exhibits a burning rate nearly twice that HTPB. These factors

  2. History of solid propellants in the 20. century; Histoire des propergols solides au 20. siecle

    Jung, Ph.; Davenas, A.; McDonald, A.J.; Bret, P.; Moreau, J.P.; Boisson, J.; Kuentzmannn, P.; Maire, G.; Pontvianne, G.; Tranchant, J.; Evans, G.; Reydellet, D.; Vallet, G.; Eymard, M.; Pascal, Ph.; Kuentzmann, P.; Bonnevie, E.; Guery, J.F.; Lengelle, G.; Lhuillier, J.N.; Rat, R.; Keromnes, A.; Mathieu, D.; Simonetti, Ph.; Betin, P.; Thevenin, M.; Serra, J.J.; Delbac, P.; Lepeuple, G.; Miermont, H.; Guillot, J.; Vidal, M.; Citon, C.; Tauzia, J.M.; Chounet, G.; Cardin, J.; Longevialle, Y.; Uhrig, G.


    This colloquium has been jointly organized by the research center of history of sciences and techniques (CRHST) and the association of the friends of the gunpowder and pyrotechnical patrimony (A3P). It gathers historians of sciences and techniques and specialists of solid propellants and their applications who make a review of the approaches that have led to todays propellants efficiency and mastery. This books contains 2 introductive talks, 24 articles, a round table and some concluding remarks. The articles deal with: 1 - from the black powder rockets to the space shuttle: France, pioneer of solid propulsion, from Vaillant to Damblanc (1821-1938); the development of solid propellants in the 20. century; lessons learnt from the Challenger accident; 2 - the institutions: the laboratory of ballistics of Sevran-Livry (1945-1969); an historical overview of ONERA's researches on solid propellants; the cast propellants at the Direction of Explosives (1945-1955); 3 - the propellants: the manufacturing secrets of the extruded double base propellants; the development of cast double base propellants; the invention of composite propellants; 4 - space applications: the Diamant adventure; the solid propellant engines of Ariane 5, an endless story; P80, a new generation of solid propellant engines for space applications; 6 - physics and models: from ap{sup n} to 3-D simulations: the combustion of solid propellants in the 20. century; the mechanical behaviour of solid propellant loads (1960-70 years); composite propellants and static electricity (SE) or the occurrence of SE in the manufacturing and implementation of composite propellants; a priori calculation of the performances and synthesis of new energy materials for propellants; 6 - defense applications: French solid propellant rockets and missiles up to the 1960's; from PHI 1500 to PHI 1930 or the fabulous history of metallic and roving propulsion systems; the G2P, the propulsion system of the M4, the exploratory

  3. Effect of Chamber Pressurization Rate on Combustion and Propagation of Solid Propellant Cracks

    Yuan, Wei-Lan; Wei, Shen; Yuan, Shu-Shen


    area of the propellant grain satisfies the designed value. But cracks in propellant grain can be generated during manufacture, storage, handing and so on. The cracks can provide additional surface area for combustion. The additional combustion may significantly deviate the performance of the rocket motor from the designed conditions, even lead to explosive catastrophe. Therefore a thorough study on the combustion, propagation and fracture of solid propellant cracks must be conducted. This paper takes an isolated propellant crack as the object and studies the effect of chamber pressurization rate on the combustion, propagation and fracture of the crack by experiment and theoretical calculation. deformable, the burning inside a solid propellant crack is a coupling of solid mechanics and combustion dynamics. In this paper, a theoretical model describing the combustion, propagation and fracture of the crack was formulated and solved numerically. The interaction of structural deformation and combustion process was included in the theoretical model. The conservation equations for compressible fluid flow, the equation of state for perfect gas, the heat conducting equation for the solid-phase, constitutive equation for propellant, J-integral fracture criterion and so on are used in the model. The convective burning inside the crack and the propagation and fracture of the crack were numerically studied by solving the set of nonlinear, inhomogeneous gas-phase governing equations and solid-phase equations. On the other hand, the combustion experiments for propellant specimens with a precut crack were conducted by RTR system. Predicted results are in good agreement with experimental data, which validates the reasonableness of the theoretical model. Both theoretical and experimental results indicate that the chamber pressurization rate has strong effects on the convective burning in the crack, crack fracture initiation and fracture pattern.

  4. LNG systems for natural gas propelled ships

    Chorowski, M.; Duda, P.; Polinski, J.; Skrzypacz, J.


    In order to reduce the atmospheric pollution generated by ships, the International Marine Organization has established Emission Controlled Areas. In these areas, nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and particulates emission is strongly controlled. From the beginning of 2015, the ECA covers waters 200 nautical miles from the coast of the US and Canada, the US Caribbean Sea area, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel. From the beginning of 2020, strong emission restrictions will also be in force outside the ECA. This requires newly constructed ships to be either equipped with exhaust gas cleaning devices or propelled with emission free fuels. In comparison to low sulphur Marine Diesel and Marine Gas Oil, LNG is a competitive fuel, both from a technical and economical point of view. LNG can be stored in vacuum insulated tanks fulfilling the difficult requirements of marine regulations. LNG must be vaporized and pressurized to the pressure which is compatible with the engine requirements (usually a few bar). The boil-off must be controlled to avoid the occasional gas release to the atmosphere. This paper presents an LNG system designed and commissioned for a Baltic Sea ferry. The specific technical features and exploitation parameters of the system will be presented. The impact of strict marine regulations on the system's thermo-mechanical construction and its performance will be discussed. The review of possible flow-schemes of LNG marine systems will be presented with respect to the system's cost, maintenance, and reliability.

  5. Dynamic characterization and analysis of space shuttle SRM solid propellant

    Hufferd, W. L.


    The dynamic response properties of the space shuttle solid rocket moter (TP-H1148) propellant were characterized and the expected limits of propellant variability were established. Dynamic shear modulus tests conducted on six production batches of TP-H1148 at various static and dynamic strain levels over the temperature range from 40 F to 90 F. A heat conduction analysis and dynamic response analysis of the space shuttle solid rocket motor (SRM) were also conducted. The dynamic test results show significant dependence on static and dynamic strain levels and considerable batch-to-batch and within-batch variability. However, the results of the SRM dynamic response analyses clearly demonstrate that the stiffness of the propellant has no consequential on the overall SRM dynamic response. Only the mass of the propellant needs to be considered in the dynamic analysis of the space shuttle SRM.

  6. Rocket Solid Propellant Alternative Based on Ammonium Dinitramide

    Grigore CICAN


    Full Text Available Due to the continuous run for a green environment the current article proposes a new type of solid propellant based on the fairly new synthesized oxidizer, ammonium dinitramide (ADN. Apart of having a higher specific impulse than the worldwide renowned oxidizer, ammonium perchlorate, ADN has the advantage, of leaving behind only nitrogen, oxygen and water after decomposing at high temperatures and therefore totally avoiding the formation of hydrogen chloride fumes. Based on the oxidizer to fuel ratios of the current formulations of the major rocket solid booster (e.g. Space Shuttle’s SRB, Ariane 5’s SRB which comprises mass variations of ammonium perchlorate oxidizer (70-75%, atomized aluminum powder (10-18% and polybutadiene binder (12-20% a new solid propellant was formulated. As previously stated, the new propellant formula and its variations use ADN as oxidizer and erythritol tetranitrate as fuel, keeping the same polybutadiene as binder.

  7. Combustion Behaviour of Advanced Solid Propellants.

    S. N. Asthana


    Full Text Available The study reports the effect of incorporation of Al and ammonium perchlorate (AP individually and in combination with each other on combustion pattern and specific impulse (Isp of minimum signature propellants. Incorporation of Al obviates the combustion instability problems; however, it has marginal effect on burning rates. The composition containing AP and zirconium silicate combination gives superior performance; however, its Isp is considerably lower than the composition incorporating 9 per cent AP. A combination of 6 per cent Al gave 20 per cent enhancement in burning rate and 12 s increase in Isp as compared to purely nitramine-based composition, cal-val results also reveal increase in energy output on incorporating AP and Al. Hot stage microscopic and propellant combustion studies indicate occurrence of intense decomposition reaction in case of AP-based compositions.

  8. Study of Solid Propellant Combustion under External Radiation

    V.E. Zarko


    Full Text Available The influence of constant and transient radiant flux on the burning rate of solid propellants is considered. The validity of the equivalence principle for the radiant flux and increase in initial temperature and also the problem of possible photochemical effect of thermal radiation are discussed. Experimental data on burning rate response to periodical perturbations of radiant flux for different types of solid propellants are reported. The problem of correlation between burning rate response to perturbations of pressure and external radiation is considered. Formulation of the problem on transient combustion in terms of the Zeldovich- Novozhilov phenomenological approach is described and the results of numerical integration are presented.

  9. Assessment of analytical techniques for predicting solid propellant exhaust plumes

    Tevepaugh, J. A.; Smith, S. D.; Penny, M. M.


    The calculation of solid propellant exhaust plume flow fields is addressed. Two major areas covered are: (1) the applicability of empirical data currently available to define particle drag coefficients, heat transfer coefficients, mean particle size and particle size distributions, and (2) thermochemical modeling of the gaseous phase of the flow field. Comparisons of experimentally measured and analytically predicted data are made. The experimental data were obtained for subscale solid propellant motors with aluminum loadings of 2, 10 and 15%. Analytical predictions were made using a fully coupled two-phase numerical solution. Data comparisons will be presented for radial distributions at plume axial stations of 5, 12, 16 and 20 diameters.

  10. Some Observations on the Ignition of Composite Solid Propellants

    K. Kishore


    Full Text Available Heat-up times derived from studies on the ignition characteristics of a few model composite solid propellants, containing polystyrene, carboxy-terminated polybutadiene, plasticised polyvinyl chloride and polyphenol formaldehyde as binders, show that they are directly proportional to the mass of the sample and inversely proportional to the heat flux. Propellant weight-loss prior to ignition and high pressure ignition temperature data on the propellants, ammonium per chlorate, and binders show that the ignition is governed by the gasification of the binder pyrolysis products. The activation energy for the gasification of the pyrolysed polymer products corresponds to their ignition behaviour suggesting that propellant ignition is controlled by the binder.

  11. Development of a miniature solid propellant rocket motor for use in plume simulation studies

    Baran, W. J.


    A miniature solid propellant rocket motor has been developed to be used in a program to determine those parameters which must be duplicated in a cold gas flow to produce aerodynamic effects on an experimental model similar to those produced by hot, particle-laden exhaust plumes. Phenomena encountered during the testing of the miniature solid propellant motors included erosive propellant burning caused by high flow velocities parallel to the propellant surface, regressive propellant burning as a result of exposed propellant edges, the deposition of aluminum oxide on the nozzle surfaces sufficient to cause aerodynamic nozzle throat geometry changes, and thermal erosion of the nozzle throat at high chamber pressures. A series of tests was conducted to establish the stability of the rocket chamber pressure and the repeatibility of test conditions. Data are presented which define the tests selected to represent the final test matrix. Qualitative observations are also presented concerning the phenomena experienced based on the results of a large number or rocket tests not directly applicable to the final test matrix.

  12. Laboratory test methods for combustion stability properties of solid propellants

    Strand, L. D.; Brown, R. S.


    An overview is presented of experimental methods for determining the combustion-stability properties of solid propellants. The methods are generally based on either the temporal response to an initial disturbance or on external methods for generating the required oscillations. The size distribution of condensed-phase combustion products are characterized by means of the experimental approaches. The 'T-burner' approach is shown to assist in the derivation of pressure-coupled driving contributions and particle damping in solid-propellant rocket motors. Other techniques examined include the rotating-valve apparatus, the impedance tube, the modulated throat-acoustic damping burner, and the magnetic flowmeter. The paper shows that experimental methods do not exist for measuring the interactions between acoustic velocity oscillations and burning propellant.

  13. Holographic Investigation of Solid Propellant Particulates.


    4~ .A*4 ~.Zwe SOUMVV Ch.&4 0IVC&TIN 0 e*9 066so. 4 evt’ o R..e High speed, high resolution motion pictures were taken to compare the cinematic data...propellant. High speed, high resolution motion pictures were taken to compare the cinematic data with that available from the holograms. TABLE employ finely powered aluminum (1-50 microns) in an attempt to capitalize on the conversion of its high heat of formation to kinetic energy for

  14. Application of transient burning rate model of solid propellant in electrothermal-chemical launch simulation

    Yan-jie Ni


    Full Text Available A 30 mm electrothermal-chemical (ETC gun experimental system is employed to research the burning rate characteristics of 4/7 high-nitrogen solid propellant. Enhanced gas generation rates (EGGR of propellants during and after electrical discharges are verified in the experiments. A modified 0D internal ballistic model is established to simulate the ETC launch. According to the measured pressure and electrical parameters, a transient burning rate law including the influence of EGGR coefficient by electric power and pressure gradient (dp/dt is added into the model. The EGGR coefficient of 4/7 high-nitrogen solid propellant is equal to 0.005 MW−1. Both simulated breech pressure and projectile muzzle velocity accord with the experimental results well. Compared with Woodley's modified burning rate law, the breech pressure curves acquired by the transient burning rate law are more consistent with test results. Based on the parameters calculated in the model, the relationship among propellant burning rate, pressure gradient (dp/dt and electric power is analyzed. Depending on the transient burning rate law and experimental data, the burning of solid propellant under the condition of plasma is described more accurately.

  15. Application of transient burning rate model of solid propellant in electrothermal-chemical launch simulation

    Yan-jie NI; Yong JIN; Gang WAN; Chun-xia YANG; Hai-yuan LI; Bao-ming LI


    A 30 mm electrothermal-chemical (ETC) gun experimental system is employed to research the burning rate characteristics of 4/7 high-nitrogen solid propellant. Enhanced gas generation rates (EGGR) of propellants during and after electrical discharges are verified in the experiments. A modified 0D internal ballistic model is established to simulate the ETC launch. According to the measured pressure and electrical parameters, a transient burning rate law including the influence of EGGR coefficient by electric power and pressure gradient (dp/dt) is added into the model. The EGGR coefficient of 4/7 high-nitrogen solid propellant is equal to 0.005 MW−1. Both simulated breech pressure and projectile muzzle velocity accord with the experimental results well. Compared with Woodley’s modified burning rate law, the breech pressure curves acquired by the transient burning rate law are more consistent with test results. Based on the parameters calculated in the model, the relationship among propellant burning rate, pressure gradient (dp/dt) and electric power is analyzed. Depending on the transient burning rate law and experimental data, the burning of solid propellant under the condition of plasma is described more accurately.

  16. Developments on HNF based high performance and green solid propellants

    Keizers, H.L.J.; Heijden, A.E.D.M. van der; Vliet, L.D. van; Welland-Veltmans, W.H.M.; Ciucci, A.


    Worldwide developments are ongoing to develop new and more energetic composite solid propellant formulations for space transportation and military applications. Since the 90's, the use of HNF as a new high performance oxidiser is being reinvestigated. Within European development programmes, signific

  17. Advanced technologies available for future solid propellant grains

    Thépénier, Jean; Fonblanc, Gilles


    Significant advances have been made during the last decade in several fields of solid propulsion: the advances have enabled new savings in the motor development phase and recurring costs, because they help limit the number of prototypes and tests. The purpose of the paper is to describe the improvements achieved by SNPE in solid grain technologies, making these technologies available for new developments in more efficient and reliable future SRMs: new energetic molecules, new solid propellants, new processes for grain manufacturing, quick response grain design tools associated with advanced models for grain performance predictions. Using its expertise in chemical synthesis, SNPE develops new molecules to fit new energetic material requirements. Tests based on new propellant formulations have produced good results in the propellant performance/safety behavior ratio. New processes have been developed simultaneously to reduce the manufacturing costs of the new propellants. In addition, the grain design has been optimized by using the latest generation of predictive theoretical tools supported by a large data bank of experimental parameters resulting from over 30 years' experience in solid propulsion: Computer-aided method for the preliminary grain design Advanced models for SRM operating and performance predictions

  18. Development of a solid propellant viscoelastic dynamic model

    Hufferd, W. L.; Fitzgerald, J. E.


    The results of a one year study to develop a dynamic response model for the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) propellant are presented. An extensive literature survey was conducted, from which it was concluded that the only significant variables affecting the dynamic response of the SRM propellant are temperature and frequency. Based on this study, and experimental data on propellants related to the SRM propellant, a dynamic constitutive model was developed in the form of a simple power law with temperature incorporated in the form of a modified power law. A computer program was generated which performs a least-squares curve-fit of laboratory data to determine the model parameters and it calculates dynamic moduli at any desired temperature and frequency. Additional studies investigated dynamic scaling laws and the extent of coupling between the SRM propellant and motor cases. It was found, in agreement with other investigations, that the propellant provides all of the mass and damping characteristics whereas the case provides all of the stiffness.

  19. New high energetic composite propellants for space applications: refrigerated solid propellant

    Franson, C.; Orlandi, O.; Perut, C.; Fouin, G.; Chauveau, C.; Gökalp, I.; Calabro, M.


    Cryogenic solid propellants (CSP) are a new kind of chemical propellants that use frozen products to ensure the mechanical resistance of the grain. The objective is to combine the high performances of liquid propulsion and the simplicity of solid propulsion. The CSP concept has few disadvantages. Storability is limited by the need of permanent cooling between motor loading and firing. It needs insulations that increase the dry mass. It is possible to limit significantly these drawbacks by using a cooling temperature near the ambient one. It will permit not to change the motor materials and to minimize the supplementary dry mass due to insulator. The designation "Refrigerated Solid Propellant" (RPS) is in that case more appropriate as "Cryogenic Solid Propellant." SNPE Matériaux Energétiques is developing new concept of composition e e with cooling temperature as near the ambient temperature as possible. They are homogeneous and the main ingredients are hydrogen peroxide, polymer and metal or metal hydride, they are called "HydroxalaneTM." This concept allows reaching a high energy level. The expected specific impulse is between 355 and 375 s against 315 s for hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) / ammonium perchlorate (AP) / Al composition. However, the density is lower than for current propellants, between 1377 and 1462 kg/m3 compared to around 1800 kg/m3 . This is an handicap only for volume-limited application. Works have been carried out at laboratory scale to define the quality of the raw materials and the manufacturing process to realize sample and small grain in a safer manner. To assess the process, a small grain with an internal bore had been realized with a composition based on aluminum and water. This grain had shown very good quality, without any defect, and good bonding properties on the insulator.

  20. Characterization of Energetic Porous Silicon for a Microelectromechanical System (MEMS)-Based Solid Propellant Microthruster


    Characterization of Energetic Porous Silicon for a Microelectromechanical System (MEMS)-Based Solid Propellant Microthruster by Raghav...Energetic Porous Silicon for a Microelectromechanical System (MEMS)-Based Solid Propellant Microthruster Raghav Ramachandran, Wayne Churaman, David...Microelectromechanical System (MEMS)-Based Solid Propellant Microthruster 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6

  1. 14 CFR 420.69 - Solid and liquid propellants located together.


    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 4 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Solid and liquid propellants located... Licensee § 420.69 Solid and liquid propellants located together. (a) A launch site operator proposing an explosive hazard facility where solid and liquid propellants are to be located together shall determine...

  2. Nonlinear Burning Stability of Solid Propellants.


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  3. Rheokinetic Analysis of Hydroxy Terminated Polybutadiene Based Solid Propellant Slurry

    Abhay K Mahanta


    Full Text Available The cure kinetics of propellant slurry based on hydroxy-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB and toluene diisocyanate (TDI polyurethane reaction has been studied by viscosity build up method. The viscosity (ɳ–time (t plots conform to the exponential function ɳ = aebt, where a & b are empirical constants. The rate constants (k for viscosity build up at various shear rate (rpm, evaluated from the slope of dɳ/dt versus ɳ plots at different temperatures, were found to vary from 0.0032 to 0.0052 min-1. It was observed that the increasing shear rate did not have significant effect on the reaction rate constants for viscosity build up of the propellant slurry. The activation energy (Eɳ, calculated from the Arrhenius plots, was found to be 13.17±1.78 kJ mole-1, whereas the activation enthalpy (∆Hɳ* and entropy (∆Sɳ* of the propellant slurry, calculated from Eyring relationship, were found to be 10.48±1.78 kJ mole-1 and –258.51± 5.38 J mole-1K-1, respectively. The reaction quenching temperature of the propellant slurry was found to be -9 ° C, based upon the experimental data. This opens up an avenue for a “freeze-and-store”, then “warm-up and cast”, mode of manufacturing of very large solid rocket propellant grains.

  4. Viscoelastic Modelling of Solid Rocket Propellants using Maxwell Fluid Model

    Himanshu Shekhar


    Full Text Available Maxwell fluid model consisting of a spring and a dashpot in series is applied for viscoelastic characterisation of solid rocket propellants. Suitable values of spring constant and damping coefficient wereemployed by least square variation of errors for generation of complete stress-strain curve in uniaxial tensile mode for case-bonded solid propellant formulations. Propellants from the same lot were tested at different strain rates. It was observed that change in spring constant, representing elastic part was very small with strain rate but damping constant varies significantly with variation in strain rate. For a typical propellant formulation, when strain rate was raised from 0.00037/s to 0.185/s, spring constant K changed from 5.5 MPato 7.9 MPa, but damping coefficient D was reduced from 1400 MPa-s to 4 MPa-s. For all strain rates, stress-strain curve was generated using Maxwell model and close matching with actual test curve was observed.This indicates validity of Maxwell fluid model for uniaxial tensile testing curves of case-bonded solid propellant formulations. It was established that at higher strain rate, damping coefficient becomes negligible as compared to spring constant. It was also observed that variation of spring constant is logarithmic with strain rate and that of damping coefficient follows power law. The correlation coefficients were introduced to ascertain spring constants and damping coefficients at any strain rate from that at a reference strain rate. Correlationfor spring constant needs a coefficient H, which is function of propellant formulation alone and not of test conditions and the equation developeds K2 = K1 + H ´ ln{(de2/dt/(de1/dt}. Similarly for damping coefficient D also another constant S is introduced and prediction formula is given by D2 = D1 ´ {(de2/dt/(de1/dt}S.Evaluating constants H and S at different strain rates validate this mathematical formulation for differentpropellant formulations

  5. MEMS-Based Solid Propellant Rocket Array Thruster

    Tanaka, Shuji; Hosokawa, Ryuichiro; Tokudome, Shin-Ichiro; Hori, Keiichi; Saito, Hirobumi; Watanabe, Masashi; Esashi, Masayoshi

    The prototype of a solid propellant rocket array thruster for simple attitude control of a 10 kg class micro-spacecraft was completed and tested. The prototype has 10×10 φ0.8 mm solid propellant micro-rockets arrayed at a pitch of 1.2 mm on a 20×22 mm substrate. To realize such a dense array of micro-rockets, each ignition heater is powered from the backside of the thruster through an electrical feedthrough which passes along a propellant cylinder wall. Boron/potassium nitrate propellant (NAB) is used with/without lead rhodanide/potassium chlorate/nitrocellulose ignition aid (RK). Impulse thrust was measured by a pendulum method in air. Ignition required electric power of at least 3 4 W with RK and 4 6 W without RK. Measured impulse thrusts were from 2×10-5 Ns to 3×10-4 Ns after the calculation of compensation for air dumping.

  6. [Combustion temperature measurement of solid propellant by remote sensing FTIR].

    Li, Yan; Wang, Jun-De; Sun, Xiu-Yun; Zhou, Xue-Tie


    The combustion temperature of solid propellant was measured in this paper. Emission spectra of the combustion flame were collected with remote sensing FTIR at the resolution of 4 cm(-1). The combustion temperatures with the burning time were calculated from the maximum spectral line intensity and the molecular rotation-vibration spectra of HF molecule, respectively. Combustion temperatures at each time were all 1 788.8 K from the maximum spectral line intensity method. For comparison, the temperatures calculated from the molecular rotation-vibration spectra were 1 859.7, 1 848. 3, 1 804.0 and 1 782.7 K, respectively. Results show that the two methods are all dependable in measuring combustion temperature of solid propellant. But the maximum spectral line intensity method is more convenient and rapid than the other when the combustion is relatively stable.

  7. The Dynamics of Solid Propellant Combustion.


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  8. AFRL Solid Propellant Laboratory Explosive Siting and Renovation Lessons Learned


    Siting and Renovation Lessons Learned 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Daniel F . Schwartz (AFRL/RZSP) 5d. PROJECT... Daniel F . Schwartz a. REPORT Unclassified b. ABSTRACT Unclassified c. THIS PAGE Unclassified SAR 35 19b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (include...1 AFRL Solid Propellant Laboratory Explosive Siting and Renovation Lessons Learned Daniel F . Schwartz Air Force Research Laboratory

  9. Interpenetrating Polymer Networks as Binders for Solid Composite Propellants

    S. Parthiban


    Full Text Available A new family of polymeric binders for solid composite propellants is proposed, based on two component interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs. These networks comprise two different polyurethanes based on hydroxy terminated polybutadiene and ISRO polyol interpenetrated with two different vinyl polymers, viz poly methyl methacrylate and polystyrene. the networks synthesized by the simultaneous interpenetrating technique have been characterized for their properties, such as stress-strain, density, viscosity, thermal degradation, and heat of combustion. Phase morphologies have been determined using electron microscopy. Suitable explanations have been adduced to rationalize the properties of IPNs in terms of their structures and chain interactions. A study of the mechanical properties and burning rates of the ammonium perchlorate (AP-based solid propellant using the newly synthesised IPNs as binders, has been carried out. The results show that both mechanical strength and burning rate of solid propellants could be suitably modified by simply changing the nature and/or the ratio of the two interpenetrating polymer components.

  10. A two-phase restricted equilibrium model for combustion of metalized solid propellants

    Sabnis, J. S.; Dejong, F. J.; Gibeling, H. J.


    An Eulerian-Lagrangian two-phase approach was adopted to model the multi-phase reacting internal flow in a solid rocket with a metalized propellant. An Eulerian description was used to analyze the motion of the continuous phase which includes the gas as well as the small (micron-sized) particulates, while a Lagrangian description is used for the analysis of the discrete phase which consists of the larger particulates in the motor chamber. The particulates consist of Al and Al2O3 such that the particulate composition is 100 percent Al at injection from the propellant surface with Al2O3 fraction increasing due to combustion along the particle trajectory. An empirical model is used to compute the combustion rate for agglomerates while the continuous phase chemistry is treated using chemical equilibrium. The computer code was used to simulate the reacting flow in a solid rocket motor with an AP/HTPB/Al propellant. The computed results show the existence of an extended combustion zone in the chamber rather than a thin reaction region. The presence of the extended combustion zone results in the chamber flow field and chemical being far from isothermal (as would be predicted by a surface combustion assumption). The temperature in the chamber increases from about 2600 K at the propellant surface to about 3350 K in the core. Similarly the chemical composition and the density of the propellant gas also show spatially non-uniform distribution in the chamber. The analysis developed under the present effort provides a more sophisticated tool for solid rocket internal flow predictions than is presently available, and can be useful in studying apparent anomalies and improving the simple correlations currently in use. The code can be used in the analysis of combustion efficiency, thermal load in the internal insulation, plume radiation, etc.

  11. Regarding the evaluation of the solid rocket propellant response function to pressure coupling

    Ioan ION


    Full Text Available High frequency combustion instabilities imply a major risk for the solid rocket motor stableworking and they are directly linked to the propellant response to chamber pressure coupling. Thisarticle discusses a laboratory testing method for the measurement and evaluation of the pressurecoupled response for non-metalized propellants in a first stage. Experimental researches were donewith an adequate setup, built and improved in our lab, able to evaluate the propellant response byinterpreting the pressure oscillations damping in terms of propellant response. Our paper aims atdefining a linearized one-dimensional flow study model to analyze the disturbed operation of the solidpropellant rocket motors. Based on the applied model we can assert that the real part of propellantresponse is a function of the oscillations damping, acoustic energy in the motor chamber and variouslosses in the burning chamber. The imaginary part of propellant response mainly depends on thenormalized pulsation, on the burning chamber gas column and on the pressure oscillations frequency.Our research purpose was obviously to minimize the risk of the combustion instabilities effects on therocket motors working, by experimental investigations using jet modulating techniques and sustainedby an interesting study model based on the perturbation method.

  12. The University of Arizona program in solid propellants

    Ramohalli, Kumar


    The University of Arizona program is aimed at introducing scientific rigor to the predictability and quality assurance of composite solid propellants. Two separate approaches are followed: to use the modern analytical techniques to experimentally study carefully controlled propellant batches to discern trends in mixing, casting, and cure; and to examine a vast bank of data, that has fairly detailed information on the ingredients, processing, and rocket firing results. The experimental and analytical work is described briefly. The principle findings were that: (1) pre- (dry) blending of the coarse and fine ammonium perchlorate can significantly improve the uniformity of mixing; (2) the Fourier transformed IR spectra of the uncured and cured polymer have valuable data on the state of the fuel; (3) there are considerable non-uniformities in the propellant slurry composition near the solid surfaces (blades, walls) compared to the bulk slurry; and (4) in situ measurements of slurry viscosity continuously during mixing can give a good indication of the state of the slurry. Several important observations in the study of the data bank are discussed.

  13. A stop-restart solid propellant study with salt quench

    Kumar, R. N.


    Experiments were conducted to gain insight into the unsatisfactory performance of the salt quench system of solid propellants in earlier studies. Nine open-air salt spray tests were conducted and high-speed cinematographic coverage was obtained of the events. It is shown that the salt spray by the detonator is generally a two-step process yielding two different fractions. The first fraction consists of finely powdered salt and moves practically unidirectionally at a high velocity (thousand of feet per second) while the second fraction consists of coarse particles and moves randomly at a low velocity (a few feet per second). Further investigation is required to verify the speculation that a lower quench charge ratio (weight of salt/propellant burning area) than previously employed may lead to an efficient quench

  14. Supplier's Status for Critical Solid Propellants, Explosive, and Pyrotechnic Ingredients

    Sims, B. L.; Painter, C. R.; Nauflett, G. W.; Cramer, R. J.; Mulder, E. J.


    In the early 1970's a program was initiated at the Naval Surface Warfare Center/Indian Head Division (NSWC/IHDIV) to address the well-known problems associated with availability and suppliers of critical ingredients. These critical ingredients are necessary for preparation of solid propellants and explosives manufactured by the Navy. The objective of the program was to identify primary and secondary (or back-up) vendor information for these critical ingredients, and to develop suitable alternative materials if an ingredient is unavailable. In 1992 NSWC/IHDIV funded Chemical Propulsion Information Agency (CPIA) under a Technical Area Task (TAT) to expedite the task of creating a database listing critical ingredients used to manufacture Navy propellant and explosives based on known formulation quantities. Under this task CPIA provided employees that were 100 percent dedicated to the task of obtaining critical ingredient suppliers information, selecting the software and designing the interface between the computer program and the database users. TAT objectives included creating the Explosive Ingredients Source Database (EISD) for Propellant, Explosive and Pyrotechnic (PEP) critical elements. The goal was to create a readily accessible database, to provide users a quick-view summary of critical ingredient supplier's information and create a centralized archive that CPIA would update and distribute. EISD funding ended in 1996. At that time, the database entries included 53 formulations and 108 critical used to manufacture Navy propellant and explosives. CPIA turned the database tasking back over to NSWC/IHDIV to maintain and distribute at their discretion. Due to significant interest in propellant/explosives critical ingredients suppliers' status, the Propellant Development and Characterization Subcommittee (PDCS) approached the JANNAF Executive committee (EC) for authorization to continue the critical ingredient database work. In 1999, JANNAF EC approved the PDCS panel

  15. A functional on-chip pressure generator using solid chemical propellant for disposable lab-on-a-chip.

    Hong, Chien-Chong; Murugesan, Suresh; Kim, Sanghyo; Beaucage, Gregory; Choi, Jin-Woo; Ahn, Chong H


    This paper presents a functional on-chip pressure generator that utilizes chemical energy from a solid chemical propellant to perform fluidic delivery in applications of plastic-based disposable biochips or lab-on-a-chip systems. In this functional on-chip pressure generator, azobis-isobutyronitrile (AIBN) as the solid chemical propellant is deposited on a microheater using a screen-printing technique, which can heat the AIBN at 70 degrees C to produce nitrogen gas. The output pressure of nitrogen gas, generated from the solid chemical propellant, is adjustable to a desired pressure by controlling the input power of the heater. Using this chemical energy source, the generated pressure depends on the deposited amount of the solid chemical propellant and the temperature of the microheater. Experimental measurements show that this functional on-chip pressure generator can achieve around 3 000 Pa pressure when 189 mJ of energy is applied to heat the 100 microg of AIBN. This pressure can drive 50 nl of water through a microfluidic channel of 70 mm and cross-sectional area of 100 microm x 50 microm. Due to its compact size, ease of fabrication and integration, high reliability (no moving parts), biologically inert gas output along with functionality of gas generation, this pressure generator will be an excellent pressure source for handling the fluids of disposable lab-on-a-chip, biochemical analysis systems or drug delivery systems.

  16. Regenerative Gas Dryer for In-Situ Propellant Production

    Paz, Aaron


    Rocket propellant can be produced anywhere that water is found by splitting it into hydrogen and oxygen, potentially saving several tons of mass per mission and enabling the long term presence of humans in space beyond LEO. When water is split into hydrogen and oxygen, the gaseous products can be very humid (several thousand ppm). Propellant-grade gases need to be extremely dry before being converted into cryogenic liquids (less than 26 ppm water for grade B Oxygen). The primary objective of this project is to design, build and test a regenerative gas drying system that can take humid gas from a water electrolysis system and provide dry gas (less than 26ppm water) to the inlet of a liquefaction system for long durations. State of the art work in this area attempted to use vacuum as a means to regenerate desiccant, but it was observed that water would migrate to the dry zone without a sweep gas present to direct the desorbed vapor. Further work attempted to use CO2 as a sweep gas, but this resulted in a corrosive carbonic acid. In order for in-situ propellant production to work, we need a way to continuously dry humid gas that addresses these issues.

  17. Analysis of solid propellant combustion in a closed vessel including secondary reaction

    Benreuven, M.; Summerfield, M.


    A theory for combustion of solid propellants in a closed vessel is presented allowing for residual exothermic chemical reaction in the bulk of the gas in the vessel. Particular attention is given to propellants exhibiting thick gaseous flame zones such as nitrocellulose, double-base and nitramine propellants. For these, the reaction at high pressures is assumed to involve mainly the oxidation of residual hydrocarbons by NO. It is shown that the direct dynamic coupling between the exothermicity, the molecular weight reduction and the changing pressure can influence the dp/dt-p traces obtained, in a manner not directly related to mass burning rate of the solid. Energy and species conservation equations are derived for the bulk of the vessel in differential form; the system is solved numerically. The results show the effect of extended chemical reaction upon measurable combustion characteristics such as dp/dt-p and burn rate pressure exponent, demonstrating its potential importance in interpretation of closed vessel firing data, depending on the pace of the residual gas phase reactions.

  18. [Combustion temperature measurement of solid propellant and the effect of organic compound on combustion temperature].

    Zhou, Xue-tie; Li, Yan; Chen, Zuo-ru; Wang, Jun-de


    The FTIR emission spectra in the spectral range of 4,500-300 cm-1 for the solid propellants were measured by a remote sensing FTIR system. The P-branch of fine structure of HCl fundamental band lying at 3.46 microns was used for precise combustion temperature measurement of the solid propellant. The effect of the organic compound in the solid propellant on the combustion temperature was discussed.

  19. SRM (Solid Rocket Motor) propellant and polymer materials structural modeling

    Moore, Carleton J.


    The following investigation reviews and evaluates the use of stress relaxation test data for the structural analysis of Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) propellants and other polymer materials used for liners, insulators, inhibitors, and seals. The stress relaxation data is examined and a new mathematical structural model is proposed. This model has potentially wide application to structural analysis of polymer materials and other materials generally characterized as being made of viscoelastic materials. A dynamic modulus is derived from the new model for stress relaxation modulus and is compared to the old viscoelastic model and experimental data.

  20. A Review on Decomposition Deflagration of Oxidizer and Binders in Composite Solid Propellants

    K. Kishore


    Full Text Available Binder and oxidizer decomposition play very significant role during the combustion of composite solid propellants. Ammonium perchlorate (AP is the practical oxidizer in composite propellant formulations. Available information on binder decomposition in general and AP decomposition in particular have been collected and reviewed from the viewpoint of their application in propellants. This review may be useful in understanding the mechanism of propellant combustion.

  1. First Stage Solid Propellant Multiply Debris Thermal Analysis

    Toleman, Benjamin M.


    Destruction of a solid rocket stage of a launch vehicle can create a thermal radiation hazard for an aborting crew module. This hazard was assessed for the Constellation Program (Cx) crew and launch vehicle concept. For this concept, if an abort was initiated in first stage flight, the Crew Module (CM) will separate and be pulled away from the malfunctioning launch vehicle via a Launch Abort System (LAS). Having aborted the mission, the launch vehicle will likely be destroyed via a Flight Termination System (FTS) in order to prevent it from errantly traversing back over land and posing a risk to the public. The resulting launch vehicle debris field, composed primarily of first stage solid propellant, poses a threat to the CM. The harsh radiative thermal environment, caused by surrounding burning propellant debris, may lead to CM parachute failure. A methodology, detailed herein, has been developed to address this concern and to quantify the risk of first stage propellant debris leading to the thermal demise of the CM parachutes. Utilizing basic thermal radiation principles, a software program was developed to calculate parachute temperature as a function of time for a given abort trajectory and debris piece trajectory set. Two test cases, considered worst case aborts with regard to launch vehicle debris environments, were analyzed using the simulation: an abort declared at Mach 1 and an abort declared at maximum dynamic pressure (Max Q). For both cases, the resulting temperature profiles indicated that thermal limits for the parachutes were not exceeded. However, short duration close encounters by single debris pieces did have a significant effect on parachute temperature. Therefore while these two test cases did not indicate exceedance of thermal limits, in order to quantify the risk of parachute failure due to radiative effects from the abort environment, a more thorough probability-based analysis using the methodology demonstrated herein must be performed.

  2. First Stage Solid Propellant Multi Debris Thermal Analysis

    Toleman, Benjamin M.


    The crew launch vehicle considered for the Constellation (Cx) Program utilizes a first stage solid rocket motor. If an abort is initiated in first stage flight the Crew Module (CM) will separate and be pulled away from the launch vehicle via a Launch Abort System (LAS) in order to safely and quickly carry the crew away from the malfunction launch vehicle. Having aborted the mission, the launch vehicle will likely be destroyed via a Flight Termination System (FTS) in order to prevent it from errantly traversing back over land and posing a risk to the public. The resulting launch vehicle debris field, composed primarily of first stage solid propellant, poses a threat to the CM. The harsh radiative thermal environment induced by surrounding burning propellant debris may lead to CM parachute failure. A methodology, detailed herein, has been developed to address this concern and quantify the risk of first stage propellant debris leading to radiative thermal demise of the CM parachutes. Utilizing basic thermal radiation principles, a software program was developed to calculate parachute temperature as a function of time for a given abort trajectory and debris piece trajectory set. Two test cases, considered worst-case aborts with regard to launch vehicle debris environments, were analyzed using the simulation: an abort declared at Mach 1 and an abort declared at maximum dynamic pressure (Max Q). For both cases, the resulting temperature profiles indicated that thermal limits for the parachutes were not exceeded. However, short duration close encounters by single debris pieces did have a significant effect on parachute temperature, with magnitudes on the order of 10 s of degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore while these two test cases did not indicate exceedance of thermal limits, in order to quantify the risk of parachute failure due to radiative effects from the abort environment, a more thorough probability-based analysis using the methodology demonstrated herein must be

  3. A preliminary study of a propeller powered by gas jets issuing from the blade tips

    Sanders, J C; Sanders, N D


    Computations are made of the performance of a propeller designed to develop 56 thrust horsepower at 100 miles per hour. The fuel consumption of the jet-operated propeller would be considerably higher than that of a reciprocating engine and a propeller. The lighter weight of the jet-operated propeller will result in a lighter weight of engine plus fuel for short-range flights. A theoretical analysis is made of a propeller powered by gas jets issuing from the blade tips. In the propeller considered, the air is drawn through the hub and passes through the hollow propeller blades to the tips, where propellers heat the air and expel it through the nozzles in the blade tips. The reaction of the tips rotates the propeller. For long range flights, the weight of the jet-operated propeller with its fuel would be greater than the weight of a reciprocating engine with its propeller and fuel.

  4. 基于一维气相稳态反应流的燃速预估软件研究%Study on Software of Solid Propellant Burning Rate Prediction Based on one-dimensional Steady-state Reaction Gas Flow

    封锋; 陈军; 郑亚; 宋洪昌


    Based on the model of one-dimensional steady-state reaction gas flow, the correction factors of burning rate related to double base propellant, modified double base propellant and composite solid propellant were summed up, the application scope of theoretical combustion model was broadened. Using Visual C++ and Microsoft Access for the development tools, the software of solid propellant burning rate prediction(SPRS) was completed by the structural parameters of chemical bonds. The software was based on system of Windows XP, user-friendly, easy to use ,and with the functions of data updating and information querying. The burning rates and pressure indexs could been calculated when the chemical compositions of the propellant (formula) and the pressures were given. The compositions of the propellant(formula) could be adjusted by giving the burning rates and pressure indexs too. It was of great significance in development of cycle-shortening and cost-saving of solid propellant.%在一维气相稳态反应流模型的基础上,总结了适用于双基推进剂、改性双基推进剂、复合固体推进剂燃速预估的修正因子,拓宽了燃烧理论模型的适用范围.采用Visual C++和Microsoft Access为开发工具,完成了基于组分化学键结构参数的固体推进剂燃速预估软件(SPRS)编制.该软件基于Windows XP系统,界面友好,使用方便,具有数据更新和信息查询功能.用户不仅能根据推进剂的化学组成(配方)和给定压强计算燃速、压力指数等参数,还可根据给定的燃速和压力指数等调整推进剂配方组成,对缩短固体推进剂研制周期和节约研制成本具有重要意义.

  5. Solid Hydrogen Experiments for Atomic Propellants: Image Analyses

    Palaszewski, Bryan


    This paper presents the results of detailed analyses of the images from experiments that were conducted on the formation of solid hydrogen particles in liquid helium. Solid particles of hydrogen were frozen in liquid helium, and observed with a video camera. The solid hydrogen particle sizes, their agglomerates, and the total mass of hydrogen particles were estimated. Particle sizes of 1.9 to 8 mm (0.075 to 0.315 in.) were measured. The particle agglomerate sizes and areas were measured, and the total mass of solid hydrogen was computed. A total mass of from 0.22 to 7.9 grams of hydrogen was frozen. Compaction and expansion of the agglomerate implied that the particles remain independent particles, and can be separated and controlled. These experiment image analyses are one of the first steps toward visually characterizing these particles, and allow designers to understand what issues must be addressed in atomic propellant feed system designs for future aerospace vehicles.

  6. Energy and Propulsion Optimization of Solid-Propellant Grain of a Hybrid Power Device

    Bondarchuk Sergey S.; Bondarchuk Iliya S.; Borisov Boris V.; Zhukov Alexandr S.


    A method of distribution of an additional solid-phase component (oxidizer) providing uniformity of grain burning for the purpose of evaluation and optimization of energy and propulsion parameters of hybrid solid-propellant motor is proposed in the paper.

  7. Energy and Propulsion Optimization of Solid-Propellant Grain of a Hybrid Power Device

    Bondarchuk, Sergey S.; Bondarchuk, Iliya S.; Borisov, Boris V.; Zhukov, Alexandr S.


    A method of distribution of an additional solid-phase component (oxidizer) providing uniformity of grain burning for the purpose of evaluation and optimization of energy and propulsion parameters of hybrid solid-propellant motor is proposed in the paper.

  8. An Overview of Combustion Mechanisms and Flame Structures for Advanced Solid Propellants

    Beckstead, M. W.


    Ammonium perchlorate (AP) and cyclotretamethylenetetranitramine (HMX) are two solid ingredients often used in modern solid propellants. Although these two ingredients have very similar burning rates as monopropellants, they lead to significantly different characteristics when combined with binders to form propellants. Part of the purpose of this paper is to relate the observed combustion characteristics to the postulated flame structures and mechanisms for AP and HMX propellants that apparently lead to these similarities and differences. For AP composite, the primary diffusion flame is more energetic than the monopropellant flame, leading to an increase in burning rate over the monopropellant rate. In contrast the HMX primary diffusion flame is less energetic than the HMX monopropellant flame and ultimately leads to a propellant rate significantly less than the monopropellant rate in composite propellants. During the past decade the search for more energetic propellants and more environmentally acceptable propellants is leading to the development of propellants based on ingredients other than AP and HMX. The objective of this paper is to utilize the more familiar combustion characteristics of AP and HMX containing propellants to project the combustion characteristics of propellants made up of more advanced ingredients. The principal conclusion reached is that most advanced ingredients appear to burn by combustion mechanisms similar to HMX containing propellants rather than AP propellants.

  9. Solid Propellant Microthruster Design, Fabrication, and Testing for Nanosatellites

    Sathiyanathan, Kartheephan

    This thesis describes the design, fabrication, and testing of a solid propellant microthruster (SPM), which is a two-dimensional matrix of millimeter-sized rockets each capable of delivering millinewtons of thrust and millinewton-seconds of impulse to perform fine orbit and attitude corrections. The SPM is a potential payload for nanosatellites to increase spacecraft maneuverability and is constrained by strict mass, volume, and power requirements. The dimensions of the SPM in the millimeter-scale result in a number of scaling issues that need consideration such as a low Reynolds number, high heat loss, thermal and radical quenching, and incomplete combustion. The design of the SPM, engineered to address these issues, is outlined. The SPM fabrication using low-cost commercial off-the-shelf materials and standard micromachining is presented. The selection of a suitable propellant and its customization are described. Experimental results of SPM firing to demonstrate successful ignition and sustained combustion are presented for three configurations: nozzleless, sonic nozzle, and supersonic nozzle. The SPM is tested using a ballistic pendulum thrust stand. Impulse and thrust values are calculated and presented. The performance values of the SPM are found to be consistent with existing designs.

  10. Lidar measurements of solid rocket propellant fire particle plumes.

    Brown, David M; Brown, Andrea M; Willitsford, Adam H; Dinello-Fass, Ryan; Airola, Marc B; Siegrist, Karen M; Thomas, Michael E; Chang, Yale


    This paper presents the first, to our knowledge, direct measurement of aerosol produced by an aluminized solid rocket propellant (SRP) fire on the ground. Such fires produce aluminum oxide particles small enough to loft high into the atmosphere and disperse over a wide area. These results can be applied to spacecraft launchpad accidents that expose spacecraft to such fires; during these fires, there is concern that some of the plutonium from the spacecraft power system will be carried with the aerosols. Accident-related lofting of this material would be the net result of many contributing processes that are currently being evaluated. To resolve the complexity of fire processes, a self-consistent model of the ground-level and upper-level parts of the plume was determined by merging ground-level optical measurements of the fire with lidar measurements of the aerosol plume at height during a series of SRP fire tests that simulated propellant fire accident scenarios. On the basis of the measurements and model results, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) team was able to estimate the amount of aluminum oxide (alumina) lofted into the atmosphere above the fire. The quantification of this ratio is critical for a complete understanding of accident scenarios, because contaminants are transported through the plume. This paper provides an estimate for the mass of alumina lofted into the air.

  11. [Remote passive detection of flame temperature of solid propellant adulterating nanoparticles].

    Zhang, Li-ming; Zhang, Lin; Li, Yan; Liu, Bing-ping; Wang, Xiao-fei; Wang, Jun-de


    The flame temperature of three kinds of solid propellants was measured by passive remote sensing FTIR with the resolution of 1 cm(-1). These three kinds of solid propellants are adulterate nano-scale metal oxide particles, adulterate normal metal oxide particles, and propellant without any adulterations. The main components of the solid propellant are nitrocellulose and nitroglycerin. The metallic oxides, including 6 nm CuO, 56 nm Fe2O3, 16 nm NiO, and correspondingly the normal particles, were adulterated into the solid propellants respectively. The flame temperature was calculated through the fine structure of the emission fundamental band of H2O at 2.75 microm. The results of the flame temperature of the solid propellants adulterating nano-scale CuO, Fe2O3 and NiO are 3089, 3193 and 3183 K, respectively. The temperatures of the three kinds of solid propellants were compared, and it was shown that there is no obvious difference in the flame temperature among the three kinds of solid propellants.

  12. Manganese oxalate nanorods as ballistic modifier for composite solid propellants

    Singh, Supriya [Department of Chemistry, DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur 273009, U.P. (India); Chawla, Mohit [School of Basic Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Mandi 175005, H.P. (India); Siril, Prem Felix, E-mail: [School of Basic Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Mandi 175005, H.P. (India); Singh, Gurdip [Department of Chemistry, DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur 273009, U.P. (India)


    Highlights: • Manganese oxalate nanorods were prepared using mild thermal precipitation and aging. • The nanorods were found to be efficient ballistic modifier for solid propellants. • The nanorods sensitized the thermolysis of ammonium perchlorate. • Controlled thermal decomposition of nanorods yielded manganese oxide nanoparticles. • MnO nanoparticles formed insitu in the condensed phase enhance the burning rates. - Abstract: Rod-shaped nanostructures of manganese oxalate (MnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}) were synthesized via mild thermal precipitation and aging process. Chemical composition of the MnC{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorods was confirmed using Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) studies revealed the crystal structure. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) imaging and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) were employed to study the structural features of the nanorods. The MnC{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorods were found to be efficient ballistic modifier for the burning rate enhancement of composite solid propellants (CSPs). Thermal analysis using TGA-DSC showed that MnC{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorods sensitized the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) and the CSPs. Controlled thermal decomposition of the MnC{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorods resulted in the formation of managanese oxide nanoparticles with mesoporosity. A plausible mechanism for the burning rate enhancement using MnC{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorods was proposed.

  13. Launch Vehicle Performance with Solid Particle Feed Systems for Atomic Propellants

    Palaszewski, Bryan


    An analysis of launch vehicle Gross Liftoff Weight (GLOW) using high energy density atomic propellants with solid particle feed systems was conducted. The analyses covered several propellant combinations, including atoms of aluminum (Al), boron (B). carbon (C), and hydrogen (H) stored in a solid cryogenic particle, with a cryogenic liquid as the carrier fluid. Several different weight percents (wt%) for the liquid carrier were investigated and the gross lift off weight (GLOW) of the vehicles using the solid particle feed systems were compared with a conventional 02/H2 propellant vehicle. The potential benefits and effects of feed systems using solid particles in a liquid cryogenic fluid are discussed.

  14. Investigation on plume interference effect of solid propellant micro-thruster

    ZHANG Bin; MAO Gen-wang; HU Song-qi; CHEN Mao-lin


    The three-dimensional numerical simulation of two-phase plume flow of solid propellant micro-thrusters was developed.Then it was used to investigate the plume interference effect by combining the direct simulation Monte Carlo(DSMC) method for multi-component gas flow with the two-way coupling model for two-phase rarefied flow.At different space between the two micro-thrusters and different wall temperature,the plume interference effect was analyzed specifically.The results show that under the plume interference effect the gas is compressed and the flow direction is changed,which resulted in the increasing of gas pressure and temperature;solid phase made no significant effect on the flow parameters of gas phase;with the rising of the space between the two micro-thrusters,the maximum pressure decreased and the maximum temperature increased in the domain under the plume interference effect;the wall temperature could influence the temperature of the gas which is extremely close to the wall,but not the gas pressure.

  15. Environmental impact evaluation of static tests of solid propellant propellers; Evaluation de l`impact sur l`environnement des essais statiques de propulseurs a propergol solide

    Aguesse, T.; Moreau, S. [DGA, Direction des Missiles et de l`Espace, Centre d`Achevement et d`Essais des Propulseurs et Engins, 33 - Saint Medard en Jalles (France)


    The CAEPE, the French Centre of Propellers and Engines Completion and Testing is in charge of the static tests of solid propellant fuelled propellers. In order to determine the schedule of firing permissions, predictive means are used to predict the environmental impact of propellers firing. Calculation and simulation codes are used to build maps of acoustic nuisance and acid fallout. These codes, which use in-situ meteorological radio sounding data, were progressively adjusted during testing of engines with different sizes (up to the Ariane 5 P230 auxiliary propeller). In this presentation, the authors focus on a model derived from the G.A. Briggs` model for the ascension of high temperature effluents. The correct simulation of acid rains requires a good description of this phenomenon. Concerning the other aspects of the codes, the main references are given. (J.S.) 15 refs.




    Full Text Available In this study, three dimensional modelling of extrusion forming of a double base solid rocket propellant is performed on Ansys® finite element simulation package. For the purpose of initial model construction and later comparisons with elastoviscoplastik model, the solid propellant is assumed to obey the elastic-plastic material response during the direct extrusion process. Taking into account the contact surface behavior with Coulomb friction and geometric and material nonlinearities, an incremental large large strain solution methodology has been adapted in the simulation. The hydrostatic pressure, stress, strain, and displacement values during extrusion of the solid rocket propellant are obtained from the simulation.

  17. Multi-Dimensional Combustion Instability Analysis of Solid Propellant Rocket Motors.


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  18. Mathematical Modelling of In-Chamber Processes in Hydrocombined Propellant Solid Rocket Motors

    Nikolai A. Obukhov


    Full Text Available The special conditions of employment of commercial rockets in the sea environment has opened up new possibilities of improving motor performance. The interesting method suggests supplying water into the running motor. This paper reports the calculations and experiments carried out with solid propellant model setups. The results prove the validity of the proposed method and allow the refinement of calculation techniques for the prediction of solid rocket motor performance characteristics. The serviceability of the solid propellant charges working in combination with water is demonstrated. A mathematical model is proposed for the operation of a hydrocombined propellant motor with water and powdered additives applied to the combustion chamber."

  19. Pressure-coupled combustion response model for solid propellants based on Zeldovich-Novozhilov approach

    Harstad, K. G.; Strand, L. D.


    An exact analytical solution is given to the problem of long-time propellant thermal response to a specified pressure oscillation. Coupling to the gas phase is made using the quasisteady Zeldovich-Novozhilov approximation. Explicit linear and lowest order (quadratic) nonlinear expressions for propellant response are obtained from the implicit nonlinear solutions. Using these expressions, response curves are presented for an ammonium perchlorate composite propellant and HMX monopropellant.

  20. Solid propellant processing factor in rocket motor design


    The ways are described by which propellant processing is affected by choices made in designing rocket engines. Tradeoff studies, design proof or scaleup studies, and special design features are presented that are required to obtain high product quality, and optimum processing costs. Processing is considered to include the operational steps involved with the lining and preparation of the motor case for the grain; the procurement of propellant raw materials; and propellant mixing, casting or extrusion, curing, machining, and finishing. The design criteria, recommended practices, and propellant formulations are included.

  1. Effect of Experiment Environment on Calorimetric Value of Composite Solid Propellants

    Lalita S. Jawale


    Full Text Available The calorimetric value (cal-val of solid rocket propellants and explosives is determined in the presence of inert atmosphere using industrial nitrogen gas. However, due to presence of trace amount of oxygen, the cal-val is not always correct. To avoid such inaccuracy in cal-val, a systematic study has been carried out by taking different types of solid propellant samples having burning rate in the range of 5 mm/s − 30 mm/s at different pressures. The data obtained were acquired using industrial nitrogen, ultra high pure nitrogen (UHP-N2, ultra high pure argon (UHP-Ar, air and ultra high pure oxygen (UHP-O2. The data reveal that cal-val is highest in the case of UHP-O2 due to complete combustion while in the case of air and industrial nitrogen it is found to be substantially less. Moreover, the cal-val in the presence of UHP-N2 and UHP-Ar meets the standard value with reproducibility. The results, further, confirm that for authentic cal-val, the most suitable environment is UHP-N2/UHP-Ar.

  2. Effect of Experiment Environment on Calorimetric Value of Composite Solid Propellants

    Lalita S. Jawale


    Full Text Available The calorimetric value (cal-val of solid rocket propellants and explosives is determined in the presenceof inert atmosphere using industrial nitrogen gas. However, due to presence of trace amount of oxygen, the cal-val is not always correct. To avoid such inaccuracy in cal-val, a systematic study has been carried out by takingdifferent types of solid propellant samples having burning rate in the range of 5 mm/s − 30 mm/s at different pressures.The data obtained were acquired using industrial nitrogen, ultra high pure nitrogen (UHP-N2, ultra high pureargon (UHP-Ar, air and ultra high pure oxygen (UHP-O2. The data reveal that cal-val is highest in the case ofUHP-O2 due to complete combustion while in the case of air and industrial nitrogen it is found to be substantiallyless. Moreover, the cal-val in the presence of UHP-N2 and UHP-Ar meets the standard value with reproducibility.The results, further, confirm that for authentic cal-val, the most suitable environment is UHP-N2/UHP-Ar.Defence Science Journal, 2013, 63(5, pp.467-472, DOI:

  3. Solid Propellant Subscale Burning Rate Analysis Methods for US and Selected NATO Facilities


    molecular mass, g/mole 7K temperature sensitivity of steady chamber pressure, K1( PC combustion chamber gas density, g/cm 3 pp propellant density, g...chamber volume (V), the molecular mass of the gas (M), the gas constant (R), the flame temperature (T.) and the total propellant weight (WP) M m = (42...TNO PML G.Gadiot1 NORWAY, NORDIC AMMUNITION COMPANY St. Haugen SPAIN INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNICA M. Mulero AEROSPACIAL (INTA) UNITED KINGDOM ROYAL

  4. Solid State Digital Propulsion "Cluster Thrusters" For Small Satellites Using High Performance Electrically Controlled Extinguishable Solid Propellants (ECESP)

    Sawka, Wayne N.; Katzakian, Arthur; Grix, Charles


    Electrically controlled extinguishable solid propellants (ESCSP) are capable of multiple ignitions, extinguishments and throttle control by the application of electrical power. Both core and end burning no moving parts ECESP grains/motors to three inches in diameter have now been tested. Ongoing research has led to a newer family of even higher performance ECESP providing up to 10% higher performance, manufacturing ease, and significantly higher electrical conduction. The high conductivity was not found to be desirable for larger motors; however it is ideal for downward scaling to micro and pico- propulsion applications with a web thickness of less than 0.125 inch/ diameter. As a solid solution propellant, this ECESP is molecularly uniform, having no granular structure. Because of this homogeneity and workable viscosity it can be directly cast into thin layers or vacuum cast into complex geometries. Both coaxial and grain stacks have been demonstrated. Combining individual propellant coaxial grains and/or grain stacks together form three-dimensional arrays yield modular cluster thrusters. Adoption of fabless manufacturing methods and standards from the electronics industry will provide custom, highly reproducible micro-propulsion arrays and clusters at low costs. These stack and cluster thruster designs provide a small footprint saving spacecraft surface area for solar panels and/or experiments. The simplicity of these thrusters will enable their broad use on micro-pico satellites for primary propulsion, ACS and formation flying applications. Larger spacecraft may find uses for ECESP thrusters on extended booms, on-orbit refueling, pneumatic actuators, and gas generators.

  5. The History of Solid-Propellant Rocketry: What We Do and Do Not Know

    Hunley, J. D.


    Contributions to the evolution of solid-propellant rocketry have come from a variety of sources. World War II research on large solids enabled one company to capitalize on work in the area of castable double-base propellants. Separate development of castable composite propellants led to production of Polaris and Minuteman powerplants. Pivotal to the development of these missiles were Edward Hall's advocacy of the Minuteman missile within the Air Force and contract funding to resolve problems. The discovery that adding large amounts of aluminum significantly increased the specific impulse of a castable composite propellant further aided large-missile technology. These separate lines of research led to the development of large solid-propellant motors and boosters. Many more discoveries went into the development of large solid-propellant motors. Ammonium perchlorate replaced potassium perchlorate as an oxidizer in the late 1940's, and binders were developed. Discoveries important in the evolution of large solid-propellant motors appear to have resulted from innovators' education and skills, an exposure to contemporary problems, an awareness of theory but a willingness not to let it dictate empirical investigations, and proper empirical techniques. Other important contributions are the adequate funding and exchange of information. However, many questions remain about these and other innovations.


    张泰华; 白以龙; 王世英; 刘培德


    In order to improve the safety of high-energy solid propellants, a study is carried out for the effects of damage on the combustion of the NEPE (Nitrate Ester Plasticized Polyether) propellant. The study includes: (1) to introduce damage into the propellants by means of a large-scale drop-weight apparatus; (2) to observe microstructural variations of the propellant with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and then to characterize the damage with density measurements; (3) to investigate thermal decomposition; (4) to carry out closed-bomb tests. The NEPE propellant can be considered as a viscoelastic material. The matrices of damaged samples are severely degraded, but the particles are not. The results of the thermal decomposition and closed-bomb tests show that the microstructural damage in the propellant affects its decomposition and burn rate.

  7. Application of the endochronic theory of viscoplasticity to solid propellants and sandasphalt concrete

    Peng, S. T. J.; Valanis, K. C.


    Solid propellants, sand-asphalt concrete and hard plastics showed rate sensitive mechanical behavior which, in addition, indicated that these materials have a permanent memory of the strain (or loading) path by which their present state was attained. A constitutive equation was formulated in general three dimensional tensorial form by means of irreversible thermodynamics. By using a very simple analytical form, it was shown that the mechanical behavior of solid propellants and sand-asphalt concrete can be readily described.

  8. Analytical model of the combustion of multicomponent solid propellants

    Cohen, N. S.; Price, C. F.; Strand, L. D.


    Multiple flame models derived for simple composite propellants are extended to describe the combustion of propellants containing multimodal particle sizes, mixed oxidizers and monopropellant binders. Models combining the component contributions to propellant surface structure, flame structure and energy distribution are based in part upon experimental observations and in part upon hypotheses constrained to provide reasonable agreement with measured burning rate characteristics. The methods employed consist of superposition, interaction and iteration. The computerized model is applied to explain the effects of multiple ingredients and to discuss burning rate tailoring problems of current interest.

  9. Investigation of Propellant and Explosive Solid Solution Systems II X-Ray Studies


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  10. The use of electrical discharge for ignition and control of combustion of solid propellants

    Tachibana, Takeshi; Kobayashi, Tsuruo; Matsuda, Takashi; Kimura, Itsuro


    As the first step of the study of the combustion control of solid propellants by electrical discharges, the effects of an arc discharge, which flows along the burning surface, on the burning rate and on the increase of enthalpy of the combustion product were investigated. For specially devised composite propellants, which are composed of Al and Teflon powders, it was shown that the combination can be controlled by an arc discharge; the combustion continues when the arc discharge is applied and is interrupted when the arc discharge breaks. In the present investigation, it was also shown that an arc discharge coupled with a high-frequency electrical discharge has potential as an effective ignition method for solid propellants. For the application of this type of combustion control to an ignitor for a solid propellant rocket motor or to a control rocket motor, this method lacks flexibility in the configuration scale and needs relatively high electric power at the present stage.

  11. New discrimination method for ablative control mechanism in solid-propellant rocket nozzle


    A reasonable discrimination method for ablative control mechanism in solid-propellant rocket nozzle can improve the calculation accuracy of ablation rate. Based on the different rate constants for reactions of C with H2O and CO2,a new discrimination method for ablative control mechanism,which comprehensively considers the influence of nozzle surface temperature and gas component concentration,is presented. Using this new discrimination method,calculations were performed to simulate the nozzle throat insert ablation. The numerical results showed that the calculated ablation rate,which was more close to the measured values,was less than the value calculated by diffusion control mechanisms or by double control mechanisms. And H2O was proved to be the most detrimental oxidizing species in nozzle ablation.

  12. Viscoelastic Behaviour of Solid Propellants based on Various Polymeric Binders

    N. Prabhakaran


    Full Text Available The dynamic mechanical properties of different binders and corresponding propellants are studied in terms of storage modulus and loss tangent. The binders investigated are HTPB, CTPB, PBAN, HEF-20 and ISRO polyol. The viscoelastic behaviour is investigated using Rheovibron viscoelastometer at 35 Hz covering a wide temperature range (-100 degree centigrade to 100 degree centigrade. The properties of the binder and corresponding propellant are compared in terms of parameters, tan delta/sub max/, T/sub g/ and the trend of their master relaxation modulus curves. It is found that polybutadiene binders exhibit lowest T/sub g/ (around -60 degree centigrade and ISRO polyol the highest (near -20 degree centigrade. The propellants have higher moduli than the binders at any temperature. The master relaxation modulus curve is influenced by the type of propellant.

  13. Development of a computerized analysis for solid propellant combustion instability with turbulence

    Chung, T. J.; Park, O. Y.


    A multi-dimensional numerical model has been developed for the unsteady state oscillatory combustion of solid propellants subject to acoustic pressure disturbances. Including the gas phase unsteady effects, the assumption of uniform pressure across the flame zone, which has been conventionally used, is relaxed so that a higher frequency response in the long flame of a double-base propellant can be calculated. The formulation is based on a premixed, laminar flame with a one-step overall chemical reaction and the Arrhenius law of decomposition with no condensed phase reaction. In a given geometry, the Galerkin finite element solution shows the strong resonance and damping effect at the lower frequencies, similar to the result of Denison and Baum. Extended studies deal with the higher frequency region where the pressure varies in the flame thickness. The nonlinear system behavior is investigated by carrying out the second order expansion in wave amplitude when the acoustic pressure oscillations are finite in amplitude. Offset in the burning rate shows a negative sign in the whole frequency region considered, and it verifies the experimental results of Price. Finally, the velocity coupling in the two-dimensional model is discussed.

  14. Diffusion of plasticizer in a solid propellant based on hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene

    Juliano Libardi


    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to determine the dioctyl azelate (DOZ plasticizer diffusion coefficient (D for samples containing the interfaces of rubber, liner and solid composite propellant based on hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB. The samples used in the diffusion study were aged up to 31 days after the cure period at 80 °C. A computer program implementing a mathematical model of Fick's second Law of diffusion was developed to calculate the diffusion coefficient based on concentration data obtained from gas chromatographic analyses. The effects of the diffusion phenomenon were also investigated by Shore A hardness and scanning electron microscope (SEM techniques. These analyses were carried out using samples aged at room temperature and at 80 °C. The hardness results showed an increasing trend for the samples aged at room temperature; however in the tests carried out at 80 °C they showed the opposite trend. The SEM analyses detected meaningful changes in the surface morphology of the propellant for both aging temperatures.

  15. Studies on composite solid propellant with tri-modal ammonium perchlorate containing an ultrafine fraction

    K.V. Suresh Babu


    Full Text Available Composite solid propellant is prepared using tri-modal Ammonium perchlorate (AP containing coarse, fine and ultrafine fractions of AP with average particle size (APS 340, 40 and 5 μm respectively, in various compositions and their rheological, mechanical and burn rate characteristics are evaluated. The optimum combination of AP coarse to fine to ultrafine weight fraction was obtained by testing of series of propellant samples by varying the AP fractions at fixed solid loading. The concentration of aluminium was maintained constant throughout the experiments for ballistics requirement. The propellant formulation prepared using AP with coarse to fine to ultrafine ratio of 67:24:9 has lowest viscosity for the propellant paste and highest tensile strength due to dense packing as supported by the literature. A minimum modulus value was also observed at 9 wt. % of ultrafine AP concentration indicates the maximum solids packing density at this ratio of AP fractions. The burn rate is evaluated at different pressures to obtain pressure exponent. Incorporation of ultrafine fraction of AP in propellant increased burn rate without adversely affecting the pressure exponent. Higher solid loading propellants are prepared by increased AP concentration from 67 to 71 wt. % using AP with coarse to fine to ultrafine ratio of 67:24:9. Higher solid content up to 89 wt. % was achieved and hence increased solid motor performance. The unloading viscosity showed a trend with increased AP content and the propellant couldn't able to cast beyond 71 wt. % of AP. Mechanical properties were also studied and from the experiments noticed that % elongation decreased with increased AP content from 67 to 71 wt.%, whereas tensile strength and modulus increased. Burn rate increased with increased AP content and observed that pressure exponent also increased and it is high for the propellant containing with 71 wt.% of AP due to increased oxidiser to fuel ratio. Catalysed

  16. Evaluation of Energetic Plasticisers for Solid Gun Propellant

    R.S. Damse


    Full Text Available This paper reports the evaluation of four different energetic plasticisers, viz., glycidyl azidepolymer (GAP, MW = 390, 1,5-diazido-3-nitrazapentane (DANPE, ethylene-glycol-bis-azido-acetate (EGBAA and N-n-butyl-N-(2 nitroxyethyl nitramine (n-Bu-NENA separately into highenergy gun propellant containing 28 per cent NC (13.1 N %, 65 per cent RDX, 6 per cent di-octyl-phthahate (DOP and 1 per cent carbamite.  Four different propellant compositions based on theenergetic plasticiser have been formulated separately with the replacement of non-energeticplasticiser, DOP. The propellants were processed by standard solvent method and evaluatedexperimentally along with the control composition to determine the ballistic parameters, cal-val,sensitivity, thermal characterisation, thermal stability and mechanical properties. The performanceof the propellants containing the energetic plasticiser has  been compared with that of thecontrol composition containing the non-energetic plasticiser, DOP so as to assess the suitabilityof the energetic plasticiser for the futuristic gun propellant formulations. It has been found outthat n-Bu-NENA is the superior plasticiser among the four energetic plasticisers evaluated inthis study.Defence Science Journal, 2008, 58(1, pp.86-93, DOI:

  17. Propelling Ariane. The Vulcain engines and the solid propellant engines; Propulser Ariane. Les moteurs Vulcain et les moteurs a propergol solide



    The development of the Vulcain program was ensured thanks to a European cooperation with an ESA (European Space Agency) financing. The CNES (European Centre for Space Studies) has ensured the technical and financial direction of the program and gave the control of the development to the SEP. The manufacturing of the Vulcain engine is managed under the Arianespace contract, in charge of the marketing of the Ariane 5 launcher. The overall engineering of the engine and its tests were carried out by the SEP in Vernon (France) and Lampoldshausen (Germany) test facilities. SEP has also developed and built the hydrogen turbo-pump, the gas generator and its feeding valves. Several companies are involved in the development of this engine: DASA for the combustion chamber, Fiat Avio for the oxygen turbo-pump, Volvo Aero Corp. for the divergent and the hydrogen and oxygen turbines, Techspace Aero for the chamber injection valves and the drain and hot gases valves, Microtechnica for the electro-valves and check valves, SPE for the firing and start-up equipments, Avica for the feeding lines, Devtec for the supports, and MAN for the cardan and the thermal protection. This paper describes the functioning principle of the Vulcain engine, and of the two solid propellant fuel acceleration stages of the Ariane 5 launcher. Some future projects of the SEP are also described: the dual liquid-fuels engine and the plasma engine. (J.S.)

  18. Calculation of the Rate of Combustion of a Metallized Composite Solid Propellant with Allowance for the Size Distribution of Agglomerates

    Poryazov, V. A.; Krainov, A. Yu.


    A physicomathematical model of combustion of a metallized composite solid propellant based on ammonium perchlorate has been presented. The model takes account of the thermal effect of decomposition of a condensed phase (c phase), convection, diffusion, the exothermal chemical reaction in a gas phase, the heating and combustion of aluminum particles in the gas flow, and the velocity lag of the particles behind the gas. The influence of the granulometric composition of aluminum particles escaping from the combustion surface on the linear rate of combustion has been investigated. It has been shown that information not only on the kinetics of chemical reactions in the gas phase, but also on the granulometric composition of aluminum particles escaping from the surface of the c phase into the gas, is of importance for determination of the linear rate of combustion.

  19. Polarographic study on the evolution of the diphenylamine as stabiliser of the solid propellants.

    de Diego Martínez, A Pérez; Tascón, M L; Vázquez, M D; Sánchez Batanero, P


    Differential pulse polarography (DPP) and square wave voltammetry (SWV) were investigated, in order to know the stability of solid propellants which contain diphenylamine. The simultaneous determination of N-nitrousdiphenylamine (NnDPA), 2-nitrodiphenylamine (2nDPA), 4-nitrodiphenylamine (4nDPA) and 2,4-dinitrodiphenylamine (2,4dnDPA) by DPP and SWV was proposed due to these nitro-derivatives appear during the stabilisation process from degradation of diphenylamine (DPA) used as stabiliser in propellant compositions. The proposed methods were successfully applied to the simple base solid propellant (with nitrocellulose as the only active component), with its stabiliser DPA. In all cases and with both the techniques, detection limits propellants accurately, faster and cheaper than LC methods.

  20. Performance evaluation of commercial copper chromites as burning rate catalyst for solid propellants

    Milton Faria Diniz


    Full Text Available Copper chromites are well known as burning rate catalysts for the combustion of composite solid propellants, used as a source of energy for rocket propulsion. The propellant burning rate depends upon the catalyst characteristics such as chemical composition and specific surface area. In this work, copper chromite samples from different suppliers were characterized by chemical analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy and by surface area measurement (BET. The samples were then evaluated as burning rate catalyst in a typical composite propellant formulation based on HTPB binder, ammonium perchlorate and aluminum. The obtained surface area values are very close to those informed by the catalyst suppliers. The propellant processing as well as its mechanical properties were not substantially affected by the type of catalyst. Some copper chromite catalysts caused an increase in the propellant burning rate in comparison to the iron oxide catalyst. The results show that in addition to the surface area, other parameters like chemical composition, crystalline structure and the presence of impurities might be affecting the catalyst performance. All evaluated copper chromite samples may be used as burning rate catalyst in composite solid propellant formulations, with slight advantages for the SX14, Cu-0202P and Cu-1800P samples, which led to the highest burning rate propellants.

  1. Estimation of Pressure Index and Temperature Sensitivity Coefficient of Solid Rocket Propellants by Static Evaluation

    Himanshu Shekhar


    Full Text Available Burning rate of a solid rocket propellant depends on pressure and temperature. Conventional strand burner and Crawford bomb test on propellant strands was conducted to assess these dependent parameters. However, behaviour of propellant in rocket motor is different from its behaviour in strand form. To overcome this anomaly, data from static evaluation of rocket motor was directly used for assessment of these burningrate controlling parameters. The conventional empirical power law (r=aoexp[p{T-To}]Pn was considered and a method was evolved for determination of pressure index (n and temperature sensitivity coefficient (p of burning rate for solid rocket propellants from static evaluation data. Effect of pressure index and temperature sensitivity coefficient on firing curve is also depicted. Propellant grain was fired in progressive mode to cover a very wide pressure range of 50 kg/cm2 to 250 kg/cm2 and propellant burning rate index was calculated to be 0.32 in the given pressure range. Propellant grain was fired at +35 °C and –20 °C temperatures and temperature sensitivity coefficient of burning rate was calculated to be 0.27 % per °C. Since both the values were evaluated from realised static evaluation curves, these are more realistic and accurate compared to data generated by conventional methods.Defence Science Journal, 2009, 59(6, pp.666-669, DOI:

  2. Energy and Propulsion Optimization of Solid-Propellant Grain of a Hybrid Power Device

    Bondarchuk Sergey S.


    Full Text Available A method of distribution of an additional solid-phase component (oxidizer providing uniformity of grain burning for the purpose of evaluation and optimization of energy and propulsion parameters of hybrid solid-propellant motor is proposed in the paper.

  3. On the history of the development of solid-propellant rockets in the Soviet Union

    Pobedonostsev, Y. A.


    Pre-World War II Soviet solid-propellant rocket technology is reviewed. Research and development regarding solid composite preparations of pyroxyline TNT powder is described, as well as early work on rocket loading calculations, problems of flight stability, and aircraft rocket launching and ground rocket launching capabilities.

  4. Detailed analysis of a quench bomb for the study of aluminum agglomeration in solid propellants

    Gallier, S.; Kratz, J.-G.; Quaglia, N.; Fouin, G.


    A standard quench bomb (QB) - widely used to characterize condensed phase from metalized solid propellant combustion - is studied in detail. Experimental and numerical investigations proved that collected particles are mostly unburned aluminum (Al) agglomerates despite large quenching distances. Particles are actually found to quench early as propellant surface is swept by inert pressurant. Further improvements of the QB are proposed which allow measuring both Al agglomerates and alumina residue with the same setup. Finally, the results obtained on a typical aluminized ammonium perchlorate (AP) / hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) propellant are briefly discussed.

  5. Application of Ultrasonic Technique for Measurement of Instantaneous Burn Rate of Solid Propellants .

    Desh Deepak


    Full Text Available The ultrasonic pulse-echo technique has been applied for the measurement of instantaneous burnrate of aluminised composite solid propellants. The tests have been carried out on end-burning 30 mmthick propellant specimens at nearly constant pressure of about 1.9 MPa. Necessary software forpost-test data processing and instantaneous burn rate computations have been developed. The burnrates measured by the ultrasonic technique have been compared with those obtained from ballisticevaluation motor tests on propellant from the same mix. An accuracy of about +- 1 per cent ininstantaneous burn rate measurements and reproducibility of results have been demonstrated byapplying ultrasonic technique.

  6. Studies on the Pyrolysis of Composite Solid Propellants leading to Ignition

    K. Kishore


    Full Text Available Studies on the pyrolysis leading to ignition of polystyrene (PS/ammonium perchlorate (AP, polyvinyl chloride (PVC/AP and polyphenol formaldehyde (PPF/AP  propellants revealed that the activation energy for the ignition strongly depends upon the binder. Double base propellants exhibit an empirical relationship between the ignition delay (~ and the oxidiser concentration; when the same equation is applied to composite solid propellants, the plot of In ~ vs In C (C=Concentration, % yields a straight line with a knee corresponding to 65-70 per cent AP above which the dependence on ~ becomes less sensitive.

  7. Method of Comparative Analysis of Highly Dispersed Condensed Fuel Combustion Efficiency in Arbitrary Geometry Solid Propellant Ramjet Burners

    A. V. Voroneckii


    Full Text Available The paper deals with various theoretical approaches to the mathematical modeling of the operating process in solid propellant ramjets (SPRJ that use highly metalized solid propellant. It introduces a new method (combustion operating law method that allows us to carry out comparative analysis of combustion efficiency in SPRJ arbitrary geometry ram-burners (RB when there is no accurate information on the combustion law of condensed fuel particles. To illustrate an application of the proposed method, mathematical modeling of the operating process was conducted for three SPRJ ram-burners with three different air intakes (AI, for which distribution fields of main parameters of gas and fuel particles have been obtained. Most complete combustion of fuel particles and the lowest level of particles buildup are registered for RB180 (180 degree angle between AIs. The results of a comparative analysis show that the relative (compared to RB180 efficiency of the particle burning process equals 0.64 and 0.6, respectively, for RB90 (90 degree angle between AIs and RB60 (60 degree angle between AIs. The proposed method may be applied to solve the most difficult problems of mathematical modeling when the optimization development of the solid propellant and ramjet structure are fulfilled simultaneously, i.e. when designers do not have the complete information about the combustion law of the condensed fuel particles.

  8. Propellant grain dynamics in aft attach ring of shuttle solid rocket booster

    Verderaime, V.


    An analytical technique for implementing simultaneously the temperature, dynamic strain, real modulus, and frequency properties of solid propellant in an unsymmetrical vibrating ring mode is presented. All dynamic parameters and sources are defined for a free vibrating ring-grain structure with initial displacement and related to a forced vibrating system to determine the change in real modulus. Propellant test data application is discussed. The technique was developed to determine the aft attach ring stiffness of the shuttle booster at lift-off.

  9. Assessment of analytical techniques for predicting solid propellant exhaust plumes and plume impingement environments

    Tevepaugh, J. A.; Smith, S. D.; Penny, M. M.


    An analysis of experimental nozzle, exhaust plume, and exhaust plume impingement data is presented. The data were obtained for subscale solid propellant motors with propellant Al loadings of 2, 10 and 15% exhausting to simulated altitudes of 50,000, 100,000 and 112,000 ft. Analytical predictions were made using a fully coupled two-phase method of characteristics numerical solution and a technique for defining thermal and pressure environments experienced by bodies immersed in two-phase exhaust plumes.

  10. Storage of solid propellants in a dry environment. [mechanical properties resulting from long term exposure to aerospace environments

    Udlock, D. E.


    Storage of solid propellants in either a dry or a vacuum environment causes a significantly greater increase in the propellants' modulus and maximum tensile strength than does ambient storage. It is postulated that these physical property changes can be attributed to the effect trace amount of moisture has on the bond between the propellants' binder and oxidizer.

  11. Propellants

    Lt. Col. B. N Mitra


    Full Text Available There is little doubt that explosives had their origin in warfare. In the armed conflict between groups of individuals or of states, where each sought and still seeks to impose its will upon the other by force, it was inevitable that arms should grow and flourish. The sling, the bow and arrow, the sword and firearm typify evolution in warfare weapons. Bs a means of propelling missiles, the gun and gun powder were thought of. The history of explosives, therefore, may be said to begin with black powder.

  12. Effects of aluminum and iron nanoparticle additives on composite AP/HTPB solid propellant regression rate

    Styborski, Jeremy A.

    This project was started in the interest of supplementing existing data on additives to composite solid propellants. The study on the addition of iron and aluminum nanoparticles to composite AP/HTPB propellants was conducted at the Combustion and Energy Systems Laboratory at RPI in the new strand-burner experiment setup. For this study, a large literature review was conducted on history of solid propellant combustion modeling and the empirical results of tests on binders, plasticizers, AP particle size, and additives. The study focused on the addition of nano-scale aluminum and iron in small concentrations to AP/HTPB solid propellants with an average AP particle size of 200 microns. Replacing 1% of the propellant's AP with 40-60 nm aluminum particles produced no change in combustive behavior. The addition of 1% 60-80 nm iron particles produced a significant increase in burn rate, although the increase was lesser at higher pressures. These results are summarized in Table 2. The increase in the burn rate at all pressures due to the addition of iron nanoparticles warranted further study on the effect of concentration of iron. Tests conducted at 10 atm showed that the mean regression rate varied with iron concentration, peaking at 1% and 3%. Regardless of the iron concentration, the regression rate was higher than the baseline AP/HTPB propellants. These results are summarized in Table 3.

  13. Improved method of measuring pressure coupled response for composite solid propellants

    Su, Wanxing; Wang, Ningfei; Li, Junwei; Zhao, Yandong; Yan, Mi


    Pressure coupled response is one of the main causes of combustion instability in the solid rocket motor. It is also a characteristic parameter for predicting the stability. The pressure coupled response function is usually measured by different methods to evaluate the performance of new propellant. Based on T-burner and "burning surface doubled and secondary attenuation", an improved method for measuring the pressure coupled response of composite propellant is introduced in this article. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study has also been conducted to validate the method and to understand the pressure oscillation phenomenon in T-burner. Three rounds of tests were carried out on the same batch of aluminized AP/HTPB composite solid propellant. The experimental results show that the sample propellant had a high response function under the conditions of high pressure (~11.5 MPa) and low frequency (~140 Hz). The numerically predicted oscillation frequency and amplitude are consistent with the experimental results. One practical solid rocket motor using this sample propellant was found to experience pressure oscillation at the end of burning. This confirms that the sample propellant is prone to combustion instability. Finally, acoustic pressure distribution and phase difference in T-burner were analyzed. Both the experimental and numerical results are found to be associated with similar acoustic pressure distribution. And the phase difference analysis showed that the pressure oscillations at the head end of the T-burner are 180° out of phase from those in the aft end of the T-burner.

  14. Radiographic Sensitivity of Flaw Detection in Solid Rocket Propellants

    G.G Puranik


    Full Text Available The sensitivity of flaw detection with x-ray radiographic methods is investigated here qualitatively in case of cast double base and cast composite propellants and for air pockets it is found to be 1.5 and 0.9 percent of the web respectively. General guidelines for the inspection of sustainer charges have also been laid down.

  15. Monitor for physical property changes in solid propellants

    Black, R. E., Jr.


    Specially designed sensor is attached to or imbedded in propellant. When sensor is driven into vibration, it moves with a phase lag directly proportional to internal friction or loss coefficent. Resonance frequency of the system is related to Young's modulus. Modulus or internal friction can be monitored over long period of time.

  16. Ignition models and simulation of solid propellant of thermodynamic undersea vehicle

    ZHANG Jin-jun; QIAN Zhi-bo; YANG Jie; YAN Ping


    The starting characteristics of thermodynamic undersea vehicle systems are determined by the geometry, size and combustion area of solid propellants, which directly effect liquid propellant pipeline design. It is necessary to establish accurate burning models for solid propellants. Based on combustion models using powder tings and two different solid ignition grains, namely star-shaped ignition grains and stuffed ignition grains, a mathematic model of the ignition process of the propulsion system was built.With the help of Matlah, a series of calculations were made to determine the effects of different grains on ignition characteristics. The results show that stuffed ignition grain is best suited to be the ignition grain of a thermodynamic undersea vehicle system.

  17. Feasibility Study and Demonstration of an Aluminum and Ice Solid Propellant

    Timothee L. Pourpoint


    Full Text Available Aluminum-water reactions have been proposed and studied for several decades for underwater propulsion systems and applications requiring hydrogen generation. Aluminum and water have also been proposed as a frozen propellant, and there have been proposals for other refrigerated propellants that could be mixed, frozen in situ, and used as solid propellants. However, little work has been done to determine the feasibility of these concepts. With the recent availability of nanoscale aluminum, a simple binary formulation with water is now feasible. Nanosized aluminum has a lower ignition temperature than micron-sized aluminum particles, partly due to its high surface area, and burning times are much faster than micron aluminum. Frozen nanoscale aluminum and water mixtures are stable, as well as insensitive to electrostatic discharge, impact, and shock. Here we report a study of the feasibility of an nAl-ice propellant in small-scale rocket experiments. The focus here is not to develop an optimized propellant; however improved formulations are possible. Several static motor experiments have been conducted, including using a flight-weight casing. The flight weight casing was used in the first sounding rocket test of an aluminum-ice propellant, establishing a proof of concept for simple propellant mixtures making use of nanoscale particles.

  18. Infrared radiation signature of exhaust plume from solid propellants with different energy characteristics

    Wang Weichen; Li Shipeng; Zhang Qiao; Wang Ningfei


    The infrared radiation signature of the plume from solid propellants with different energy characteristics is not the same.Three kinds of double-base propellants of different energy characteristics are chosen to measure the infrared spectral radiance from 1000cm-1 to 4500 cm-1 of their plumes.The radiative spectrum is obtained in the tests.The experimental results indicate that the infrared radiation of the plume is determined by the energy characteristics of the propellant.The radiative transfer calculation models of the exhaust plume for the solid propellants are established.By including the chemical reaction source term and the radiation source term into the energy equation,the plume field and the radiative transfer are solved in a coupled way.The calculated results are consistent with the experimental data,so the reliability of the models is confirmed.The temperature distribution and the extent of the afterburning of the plume are distinct for the propellants of different energy characteristics,therefore the plume radiation varies for different propellants.The temperature of the fluid cell in the plume will increase or decrease to some extent by the influence of the radiation term.

  19. Metallised Fuel rich Propellants for Solid Rocket Ramjet: A Review

    B. K. Athawale


    Full Text Available This paper reviews the research work carried out in the field of metallised fuel-rich propellants (FRP. Limitations and merits of various potential metals (Al, Mg, B, Be, or Zr as a component of FRP are discussed. The paper also includes a discussion on the combustion mechanism of metallised propellants, including problem areas and probable remedial measures. Zirconium and Ti appear to have potential to offer FRP with efficient combustion. Ideal performance is not achieved with current systems based on Al and B and further work is needed to develop FRP having all three desirable attributes, viz., ease of ignition, stable combustion and high specific impulse (I/sub sp/ in a single composition.

  20. Homogenization Issues in the Combustion of Heterogeneous Solid Propellants

    Chen, M.; Buckmaster, J.; Jackson, T. L.; Massa, L.


    We examine random packs of discs or spheres, models for ammonium-perchlorate-in-binder propellants, and discuss their average properties. An analytical strategy is described for calculating the mean or effective heat conduction coefficient in terms of the heat conduction coefficients of the individual components, and the results are verified by comparison with those of direct numerical simulations (dns) for both 2-D (disc) and 3-D (sphere) packs across which a temperature difference is applied. Similarly, when the surface regression speed of each component is related to the surface temperature via a simple Arrhenius law, an analytical strategy is developed for calculating an effective Arrhenius law for the combination, and these results are verified using dns in which a uniform heat flux is applied to the pack surface, causing it to regress. These results are needed for homogenization strategies necessary for fully integrated 2-D or 3-D simulations of heterogeneous propellant combustion.

  1. Solid propellant combustion response to oscillatory radiant heat flux

    Strand, L. D.; Weil, M. T.; Cohen, N. S.


    A progress report is given on a research project to use the microwave Doppler velocimeter technique to measure the combustion response to an oscillating thermal radiation source (CO2 laser). The test technique and supporting analyses are described, and the results are presented for an initial test series on the nonmetallized, composite propellant, Naval Weapons Center formulation A-13. It is concluded that in-depth transmission of radiant heat flux is not a factor at the CO2 laser wave length.

  2. Verification of Model of Calculation of Intra-Chamber Parameters In Hybrid Solid-Propellant Rocket Engines

    Zhukov Ilya S.


    Full Text Available On the basis of obtained analytical estimate of characteristics of hybrid solid-propellant rocket engine verification of earlier developed physical and mathematical model of processes in a hybrid solid-propellant rocket engine for quasi-steady-state flow regime was performed. Comparative analysis of calculated and analytical data indicated satisfactory comparability of simulation results.

  3. Verification of Model of Calculation of Intra-Chamber Parameters In Hybrid Solid-Propellant Rocket Engines

    Zhukov Ilya S.; Borisov Boris V.; Bondarchuk Sergey S.; Zhukov Alexander S.


    On the basis of obtained analytical estimate of characteristics of hybrid solid-propellant rocket engine verification of earlier developed physical and mathematical model of processes in a hybrid solid-propellant rocket engine for quasi-steady-state flow regime was performed. Comparative analysis of calculated and analytical data indicated satisfactory comparability of simulation results.

  4. Determination of Activation Energy of Relaxation Events in Composite Solid Propellants by Dynamic Mechanical Analysis

    B. K Bihari


    Full Text Available The shelf life of a composite solid propellant is one of the critical aspects for the usage of solid propellants. To assess the ageing behavior of the composite solid propellant, the activation energy is a key parameter. The activation energy is determined by analysis of visco-elastic response of the composite solid propellant when subjected to sinusoidal excitation. In the present study, dynamic mechanical analyzer was used to characterize six different types of propellants based on hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene, aluminium, ammonium perchlorate cured with toluene diisocyanate having burning rates varying from 5 mm/s to 25 mm/s at 7000 kPa. Each propellant sample was given a multi-frequency strain of 0.01 percent at three discrete frequencies (3.5 Hz, 11 Hz, 35 Hz in the temperature range -80 °C to + 80 °C. It was observed that all the propellants have shown two relaxation events (α- and β- transition in the temperature range -80 °C to +80 °C. The α-transition was observed between -66 °C and -51 °C and β-transition between 7 °C and 44 °C for the propellants studied. The activation energy for both transitions was determined by Arrhenius plot from dynamic properties measured at different frequencies and also by time temperature superposition principle using Williams-Landel-Ferry and Arrhenius temperature dependence equations. The data reveal that the activation energy corresponding to α-transition varies from 90 kJ/mol to 125 kJ/mol for R-value between 0.7 to 0.9 while for β-transition the values are from 75 kJ/mol to 92 kJ/mol. The activation energy corresponding to β-transition may be used to predict the useful life of solid propellant.Defence Science Journal, 2014, 64(2, pp. 173-178. DOI:

  5. Gas transport in solid oxide fuel cells

    He, Weidong; Dickerson, James


    This book provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary research and emerging measurement technologies associated with gas transport in solid oxide fuel cells. Within these pages, an introduction to the concept of gas diffusion in solid oxide fuel cells is presented. This book also discusses the history and underlying fundamental mechanisms of gas diffusion in solid oxide fuel cells, general theoretical mathematical models for gas diffusion, and traditional and advanced techniques for gas diffusivity measurement.

  6. Aluminum flame temperature measurements in solid propellant combustion.

    Parigger, Christian G; Woods, Alexander C; Surmick, David M; Donaldson, A B; Height, Jonathan L


    The temperature in an aluminized propellant is determined as a function of height and plume depth from diatomic AlO and thermal emission spectra. Higher in the plume, 305 and 508 mm from the burning surface, measured AlO emission spectra show an average temperature with 1σ errors of 2980 ± 80 K. Lower in the plume, 152 mm from the burning surface, an average AlO emission temperature of 2450 ± 100 K is inferred. The thermal emission analysis yields higher temperatures when using constant emissivity. Particle size effects along the plume are investigated using wavelength-dependent emissivity models.

  7. Flame spectra of solid propellants during unstable combustion.

    Eisel, J. L.; Ryan, N. W.; Baer, A. D.


    The spectral and temporal details of the flames of a series of ammonium perchlorate-polyurethane propellants during both unstable and stable combustion were observed experimentally. A 400-scan per second optical spectrometer operating in the middle infrared region was used. During unstable combustion at low ratios of chamber free volume to nozzle throat area, three different frequencies were observed simultaneously. These were attributable to at least two mechanisms. During stable combustion periodic fluctuations in flame temperature and composition were also observed. Some aspects of theory of bulk mode instability were confirmed, but the assumptions of constant flame temperature and constant composition were found to be inaccurate.

  8. Cu–Co–O nano-catalysts as a burn rate modifier for composite solid propellants

    D. Chaitanya Kumar Rao


    Full Text Available Nano-catalysts containing copper–cobalt oxides (Cu–Co–O have been synthesized by the citric acid (CA complexing method. Copper (II nitrate and Cobalt (II nitrate were employed in different molar ratios as the starting reactants to prepare three types of nano-catalysts. Well crystalline nano-catalysts were produced after a period of 3 hours by the calcination of CA–Cu–Co–O precursors at 550 °C. The phase morphologies and crystal composition of synthesized nano-catalysts were examined using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR methods. The particle size of nano-catalysts was observed in the range of 90 nm–200 nm. The prepared nano-catalysts were used to formulate propellant samples of various compositions which showed high reactivity toward the combustion of HTPB/AP-based composite solid propellants. The catalytic effects on the decomposition of propellant samples were found to be significant at higher temperatures. The combustion characteristics of composite solid propellants were significantly improved by the incorporation of nano-catalysts. Out of the three catalysts studied in the present work, CuCo-I was found to be the better catalyst in regard to thermal decomposition and burning nature of composite solid propellants. The improved performance of composite solid propellant can be attributed to the high crystallinity, low agglomeration and lowering the decomposition temperature of oxidizer by the addition of CuCo-I nano-catalyst.

  9. Review of Solid Propellant Ignition Models Relative to the Interior Ballistic Modelling of Gun Systems


    the point of phase change is reached. Solid-phase exothermic reactions may occur in some propellant ingredients (such as AP [9] or ADN [4]) leading...M.L. Gross. Two-dimensional modeling of AP/HTPB utilizing a vorticity formula- tion and one-dimensional modeling of AP and ADN . PhD thesis, Brigham

  10. Mutagenic Potential of DIGL-RO Solid Propellant in the Ames Salmonella/ Mammalian Microsome Mutagenicity Test


    303913 11. TITLE (Include Security Clasification ) Mutagenic Potential of DIGL-RP Solid Propellant in the Ames Salmonella/Mammalian Microsome protein /plate. After all the ingredients were added, the top agar was mixed, then overlaid on MGA plates. These plates contained 2% glucose and

  11. Development of high temperature materials for solid propellant rocket nozzle applications

    Manning, C. R., Jr.; Lineback, L. D.


    Aspects of the development and characteristics of thermal shock resistant hafnia ceramic material for use in solid propellant rocket nozzles are presented. The investigation of thermal shock resistance factors for hafnia based composites, and the preparation and analysis of a model of elastic materials containing more than one crack are reported.

  12. A MEMS-based solid propellant microthruster array for space and military applications

    Chaalane, A.; Chemam, R.; Houabes, M.; Yahiaoui, R.; Metatla, A.; Ouari, B.; Metatla, N.; Mahi, D.; Dkhissi, A.; Esteve, D.


    Since combustion is an easy way to achieve large quantities of energy from a small volume, we developed a MEMS based solid propellant microthruster array for small spacecraft and micro-air-vehicle applications. A thruster is composed of a fuel chamber layer, a top-side igniter with a micromachined nozzle in the same silicon layer. Layers are assembled by adhesive bonding to give final MEMS array. The thrust force is generated by the combustion of propellant stored in a few millimeter cube chamber. The micro-igniter is a polysilicon resistor deposited on a low stress SiO2/SiNx thin membrane to ensure a good heat transfer to the propellant and thus a low electric power consumption. A large range of thrust force is obtained simply by varying chamber and nozzle geometry parameters in one step of Deep Reactive Ion Etching (DRIE). Experimental tests of ignition and combustion employing home made (DB+x%BP) propellant composed of a DoubleBase and Black-Powder. A temperature of 250 °C, enough to propellant initiation, is reached for 40 mW of electric power. A combustion rate of about 3.4 mm/s is measured for DB+20%BP propellant and thrust ranges between 0.1 and 3,5 mN are obtained for BP ratio between 10% and 30% using a microthruster of 100 μm of throat wide.

  13. Inconsistent Definitions of the Pressure-Coupled Response and the Admittance of Solid Propellants

    Cardiff, Eric H.


    When an acoustic wave is present in a solid propellant combustion environment, the mass flux from the combustion zone oscillates at the same frequency as the acoustics. The acoustic wave is either amplified or attenuated by the response of the combustion to the acoustic disturbance. When the acoustic wave is amplified, this process is called combustion instability. The amplification is quantitatively measured by a response function. The ability to predict combustion stability for a solid propellant formulation is essential to the formulator to prevent or minimize the effects of instabilities, such as an oscillatory thrust. Unfortunately, the prediction of response values for a particular propellant remains a technical challenge. Most predictions of the response of propellants are based on test data, but there are a number of questions about the reliability of the standard test method, the T-burner. Alternate methods have been developed to measure the response of a propellant, including the ultrasound burner, the magnetic flowmeter and the rotating valve burner, but there are still inconsistencies between the results obtained by these different methods. Aside from the experimental differences, the values of the pressure-coupled responses obtained by different researchers are often compared erroneously, for the simple reason that inconsistencies in the definitions of the responses and admittances are not considered. The use of different definitions has led to substantial confusion since the first theoretical treatments of the problem by Hart and McClure in 1959. The definitions and relations derived here seek to alleviate this problem.

  14. Studies on Stress-Strain Curves of Aged Composite Solid Rocket Propellants

    Himanshu Shekhar


    Full Text Available Mechanical property evaluation of composite solid rocket propellants is used as a quick quality control tool for propellant development and production. However, stress-strain curves from uni-axial tensile testing can be utilised to assess the shelf-life of propellants also. Composite propellants (CP of two varieties cartridge-loaded (CLCP and case-bonded (CBCP are utilized in rocket and missile applications. Both classes of propellants were evaluated for mechanical properties namely tensile strength, modulus and percentage elongation using specimens conforming to ASTM D638 type IV at different ageing time. Both classes of propellants show almost identical variation in various mechanical properties with time. Tensile strength increases with time for both classes of propellants and percentage elongation reduces. Initial modulus is also found to decrease with time. Tensile strength is taken as degradation criteria and it is observed that CLCP has slower degradation rate than CBCP. This is because of two facts–(i higher initial tensile strength of CLCP (1.39 MPa compared to CBCP (0.665 MPa and (ii lower degradation rate of CLCP (0.0014 MPa/day with respect to CBCP (0.0025 MPa/day. For the studied composite propellants, a degradation criterion in the form of percentage change in tensile strength is evaluated and shelf life for different degradation criteria is tabulated for quick reference.Defence Science Journal, 2012, 62(2, pp.90-94, DOI:

  15. Energetics and Compatibility of Plasticizers in Composite Solid Propellants

    Rm. Muthiah


    Full Text Available In this paper a comparative analysis on the energetics of ester type plasticizers such as dioctyl adipate (DOA, dioctyl phthalate (DOP,dibutyl sebacate (DBS, isodecyl pelargonate (IDP, trioctylphosphate (TOF, diethyl phthalate (DEP, tricresyl phosphate (TCPand dibutyl phthalate (DBP and hydrocarbon type plasticizers such as polybutene (PB, spindle oil, naphthenic oil, polymer extender oil(PEO and poly isobutylene (PIB and the impact of some of the plasticizers on the work ability, pot life and mechanical properties of propellants based on two selected polymeric binders namely polybutadiene-acrylic acid-acrylonitrile (PBAN ter polymer andhydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HTPB have been reported. The compatibility of all the plasticizers on HTPB binder was also studied at different concentration levels and temperatures using Brookfield viscometer and reported. The mechanism of plasticization is also reviewed.

  16. Prediction of Maximum Strain in Finocyl Port Case-bonded Solid Propellants under Pressure Loading

    Himanshu Shekhar


    Full Text Available Finite element analysis of case-bonded solid propellants in finocyl port configuration hasbeen carried out using finite element method. The parametric studies have also been conductedfor loading conditions, material properties, and geometrical configurations. The results arepresented in the form of a universal power law, which can be utilised for primary assessmentof peak strain in any finocyl port propellant configuration without using finite element software.This eliminates dependence on finite element software for structural integrity analysis of solidpropellants in finocyl port configuration under port pressurisation. The results obtained by finiteelement analysis and power law are in close agreement.

  17. Test data from solid propellant plume aerodynamics test program in Ames 6 x 6 foot supersonic wind tunnel (shuttle test FA7) (Ames test 033-66)

    Hair, L. M.


    The aerodynamic effects of plumes from hot combustion gases in the presence of a transonic external flow field were measured to advance plumes simulation technology, extend a previously acquired data base, and provide data to compare with the effects observed using cold gas plumes. A variety of underexpanded plumes issuing from the base of a strut-mounted ogive-cylinder body were produced by combusting solid propellant gas generators. The gas generator fired in a short-duration mode (200 to 300 msec). Propellants containing 16 percent and 2 percent A1 were used, with chamber pressures from 400 to 1800 psia. Conical nozzles of 15 deg half-angle were tested with area ratios of 4 and 8. Pressures were measured in the gas generator combustion chamber, along the nozzle wall, on the base, and along the body rear exterior. Schlieren photographs were taken for all tests. Test data are presented along with a description of the test setup and procedures.

  18. Single-pulse CARS spectra in solid propellant combustion at atmosphere pressure

    Zhiyun Hu(胡志云); Jingru Liu(刘晶儒); Zhenrong Zhang(张振荣); Xiaowei Guan(关小伟); Meisheng Huang(黄梅生); Xisheng Ye(叶锡生)


    The unstable-resonator spatially enhanced detection (USED) coherent anti-stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) measurements of temperature and N2 concentration in the combustion of solid propellant at atmosphere pressure are reported. The USED CARS measurement system has a high spatial solution of ~ 0.1 mm in diameter and 3 mm in length, and permits instantaneous measurement at 10-Hz rate. The single-pulse N2 Q-branch CARS spectra have been obtained from the propellant combustion. The temperatures and N2 concentrations of the propellant flame at different height have been achieved by fitting the experimental data to theoretical spectra. The results indicate that the temperature is up to~2500 K with N2 concentration in a range from 10% to 26%.

  19. Alternate propellants for the space shuttle solid rocket booster motors. [for reducing environmental impact of launches


    As part of the Shuttle Exhaust Effects Panel (SEEP) program for fiscal year 1973, a limited study was performed to determine the feasibility of minimizing the environmental impact associated with the operation of the solid rocket booster motors (SRBMs) in projected space shuttle launches. Eleven hypothetical and two existing limited-experience propellants were evaluated as possible alternates to a well-proven state-of-the-art reference propellant with respect to reducing emissions of primary concern: namely, hydrogen chloride (HCl) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3). The study showed that it would be possible to develop a new propellant to effect a considerable reduction of HCl or Al2O3 emissions. At the one extreme, a 23% reduction of HCl is possible along with a ll% reduction in Al2O3, whereas, at the other extreme, a 75% reduction of Al2O3 is possible, but with a resultant 5% increase in HCl.

  20. Removing hydrochloric acid exhaust products from high performance solid rocket propellant using aluminum-lithium alloy

    Terry, Brandon C., E-mail: [School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, Zucrow Laboratories, 500 Allison Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Sippel, Travis R. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2025 Black Engineering, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Pfeil, Mark A. [School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, Zucrow Laboratories, 500 Allison Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Gunduz, I.Emre; Son, Steven F. [School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Zucrow Laboratories, 500 Allison Rd, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States)


    Highlights: • Al-Li alloy propellant has increased ideal specific impulse over neat aluminum. • Al-Li alloy propellant has a near complete reduction in HCl acid formation. • Reduction in HCl was verified with wet bomb experiments and DSC/TGA-MS/FTIR. - Abstract: Hydrochloric acid (HCl) pollution from perchlorate based propellants is well known for both launch site contamination, as well as the possible ozone layer depletion effects. Past efforts in developing environmentally cleaner solid propellants by scavenging the chlorine ion have focused on replacing a portion of the chorine-containing oxidant (i.e., ammonium perchlorate) with an alkali metal nitrate. The alkali metal (e.g., Li or Na) in the nitrate reacts with the chlorine ion to form an alkali metal chloride (i.e., a salt instead of HCl). While this technique can potentially reduce HCl formation, it also results in reduced ideal specific impulse (I{sub SP}). Here, we show using thermochemical calculations that using aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloy can reduce HCl formation by more than 95% (with lithium contents ≥15 mass%) and increase the ideal I{sub SP} by ∼7 s compared to neat aluminum (using 80/20 mass% Al-Li alloy). Two solid propellants were formulated using 80/20 Al-Li alloy or neat aluminum as fuel additives. The halide scavenging effect of Al-Li propellants was verified using wet bomb combustion experiments (75.5 ± 4.8% reduction in pH, ∝ [HCl], when compared to neat aluminum). Additionally, no measurable HCl evolution was detected using differential scanning calorimetry coupled with thermogravimetric analysis, mass spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared absorption.

  1. The Effect of Solid Constituent Particle Size Distributions on TP-H1148 Propellant Slag

    May, Douglas H.; Miles, William L.; Taylor, David S.; Rackham, Jon L.


    Special aluminum and ammonium perchlorate (AP) particle size distributions were prepared for a matrix of five-inch diameter, center-perforated (CP) motor tests to measure the aluminum oxide slag response in Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) propellant. Previous tests of TP-H1148 propellant in five-inch CP spin motors have shown a correlation between aluminum particle size and generated slag. The motors for this study were cast from thirteen five-gallon propellant mixes which used five particle size levels of aluminum powder, five of unground AP and three of ground AP. Aluminum had the greatest effect on slag formation, the more coarse fractions causing greater slag quantities and larger slag particles. Unground AP had about half the effect of aluminum with the coarser fractions again producing more and larger sized slag particles. The variation in ground AP did not have a significant effect on slag formation. Quench bomb tests showed the same trends as the spin motors, that is, larger aluminum and AP particle size distributions generated larger slag particles leaving the propellant surface. Cured propellant mechanical properties were also impacted by particle size variation.

  2. Determination of solid-propellant transient regression rates using a microwave Doppler shift technique

    Strand, L. D.; Schultz, A. L.; Reedy, G. K.


    A microwave Doppler shift system, with increased resolution over earlier microwave techniques, was developed for the purpose of measuring the regression rates of solid propellants during rapid pressure transients. A continuous microwave beam is transmitted to the base of a burning propellant sample cast in a metal waveguide tube. A portion of the wave is reflected from the regressing propellant-flame zone interface. The phase angle difference between the incident and reflected signals and its time differential are continuously measured using a high resolution microwave network analyzer and related instrumentation. The apparent propellant regression rate is directly proportional to this latter differential measurement. Experiments were conducted to verify the (1) spatial and time resolution of the system, (2) effect of propellant surface irregularities and compressibility on the measurements, and (3) accuracy of the system for quasi-steady-state regression rate measurements. The microwave system was also used in two different transient combustion experiments: in a rapid depressurization bomb, and in the high-frequency acoustic pressure environment of a T-burner.

  3. Navier-Stokes calculation of solid-propellant rocket motor internal flowfields

    Hsieh, Kwang-Chung; Yang, Vigor; Tseng, Jesse I. S.


    A comprehensive numerical analysis has been carried out to study the detailed physical and chemical processes involved in the combustion of homogeneous propellant in a rocket motor. The formulation is based on the time-dependent full Navier-Stokes equations, with special attention devoted to the chemical reactions in both gas and condensed phases. The turbulence closure is achieved using both the Baldwin-Lomax algebraic model and a modified k-epsilon two-equation scheme with a low Reynolds number and near-wall treatment. The effects of variable thermodynamic and transport properties are also included. The system of governing equations are solved using a multi-stage Runge-Kutta shceme with the source terms treated implicitly. Preliminary results clearly demonstrate the presence of various combustion regimes in the vicinity of propellant surface. The effects of propellant combustion on the motor internal flowfields are investigated in detail.

  4. Effect of Burning Rate Modifiers on Subatmospheric Flame Temperatures of AP/HTPB Composite Solid Propellants

    S. Krishnan


    Full Text Available Using 30 um. pt and Pt 13 percent Rh thermocouples, flame temperatures of uncatalysed andcatalysed ammonium perchlorate/hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (AP/lffPB composite solidpropellants were measured under subatmospheric conditions. Ferric oxide F e 2 and copper chromite(CC were the catalysts used. The study demonstrates that Fe2O3 catalysed propellant, notwithstandingits least combustion efficiency undt;r subatmospheric conditions and weak gas-phase flame, has themaximum burning rate enhancement. This is argued to be due to the increased surface and subsurfacereactions caused by Fe2O3. CC-catalysed propellant burns to the least subatmospheric pressure withminimum loss in combustion efficiency indicating that this class of propellant may be more suitablefor base-bleed applications.

  5. Overpressure wave generated by the pneumatic explosion of a solid propellant-fuelled propeller; Onde de surpression generee par l`explosion pneumatique d`un propulseur a propergol solide

    Rolland, C.; Roussille, A. [DGA, Direction des Missiles et de l`Espace, Centre d`Achevement et d`Essais des Propulseurs et Engins, 33 - Saint Medard en Jalles (France)


    The CAEPE, the French Centre of Propellers and Engines Completion and Testing is in charge of the static tests of solid propellant fuelled propellers. In order to evaluate the risks linked with the explosion of such propellers, an analytical method is proposed which allows to determine the energy, impulses and overpressure due to an explosion occurring at any time of the firing process. This method is based on the exploitation of the shock tube equations. Concerning the overpressure wave propagation, several laws are compared to full scale tests performed at the CAEPE. (J.S.) 14 refs.

  6. Removing hydrochloric acid exhaust products from high performance solid rocket propellant using aluminum-lithium alloy.

    Terry, Brandon C; Sippel, Travis R; Pfeil, Mark A; Gunduz, I Emre; Son, Steven F


    Hydrochloric acid (HCl) pollution from perchlorate based propellants is well known for both launch site contamination, as well as the possible ozone layer depletion effects. Past efforts in developing environmentally cleaner solid propellants by scavenging the chlorine ion have focused on replacing a portion of the chorine-containing oxidant (i.e., ammonium perchlorate) with an alkali metal nitrate. The alkali metal (e.g., Li or Na) in the nitrate reacts with the chlorine ion to form an alkali metal chloride (i.e., a salt instead of HCl). While this technique can potentially reduce HCl formation, it also results in reduced ideal specific impulse (ISP). Here, we show using thermochemical calculations that using aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) alloy can reduce HCl formation by more than 95% (with lithium contents ≥15 mass%) and increase the ideal ISP by ∼7s compared to neat aluminum (using 80/20 mass% Al-Li alloy). Two solid propellants were formulated using 80/20 Al-Li alloy or neat aluminum as fuel additives. The halide scavenging effect of Al-Li propellants was verified using wet bomb combustion experiments (75.5±4.8% reduction in pH, ∝ [HCl], when compared to neat aluminum). Additionally, no measurable HCl evolution was detected using differential scanning calorimetry coupled with thermogravimetric analysis, mass spectrometry, and Fourier transform infrared absorption. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Solid propellant exhausted aluminum oxide and hydrogen chloride - Environmental considerations

    Cofer, W. R., III; Winstead, E. L.; Purgold, G. C.; Edahl, R. A.


    Measurements of gaseous hydrogen chloride (HCl) and particulate aluminum oxide (Al2O3) were made during penetrations of five Space Shuttle exhaust clouds and one static ground test firing of a shuttle booster. Instrumented aircraft were used to penetrate exhaust clouds and to measure and/or collect samples of exhaust for subsequent analyses. The focus was on the primary solid rocket motor exhaust products, HCl and Al2O3, from the Space Shuttle's solid boosters. Time-dependent behavior of HCl was determined for the exhaust clouds. Composition, morphology, surface chemistry, and particle size distributions were determined for the exhausted Al2O3. Results determined for the exhaust cloud from the static test firing were complicated by having large amounts of entrained alkaline ground debris (soil) in the lofted cloud. The entrained debris may have contributed to neutralization of in-cloud HCl.

  8. Discrimination for ablative control mechanism in solid-propellant rocket nozzle


    The ablation in solid-propellant rocket nozzle is a coupling process resulted by chemistry, heat and mass transfer. Based on the heat and mass transfer theory, the aero-thermo-dynamic, and thermo-chemical kinetics, the thermal-chemical ablation model is established. Simulations are completed on the heat flow field and chemical ablation in the nozzle with different concentrations, frequency factors and activation energy of H2. The calculation results show that the concentration and the activation energy of H2 can provoke the transformation of control mechanism, whereas the influence brought by the frequency factor of H2 is feeble under a high-temperature and high-pressure combustion circumstance. The discrimination for ablative control mechanism is dependent on both concentration and activation energy of H2. This study will be useful in handling ablation and thermal protection problem in the design of solid-propellant rocket.

  9. Prediction of crosslink density of solid propellant binders. [curing of elastomers

    Marsh, H. E., Jr.


    A quantitative theory is outlined which allows calculation of crosslink density of solid propellant binders from a small number of predetermined parameters such as the binder composition, the functionality distributions of the ingredients, and the extent of the curing reaction. The parameter which is partly dependent on process conditions is the extent of reaction. The proposed theoretical model is verified by independent measurement of effective chain concentration and sol and gel fractions in simple compositions prepared from model compounds. The model is shown to correlate tensile data with composition in the case of urethane-cured polyether and certain solid propellants. A formula for the branching coefficient is provided according to which if one knows the functionality distributions of the ingredients and the corresponding equivalent weights and can measure or predict the extent of reaction, he can calculate the branching coefficient of such a system for any desired composition.

  10. The Research on Transient Burning Rate of Solid Propellant by Digital Image Processing

    Xin Peng


    Full Text Available In order to obtain the burn rate of the solid propellant that is the important parameter of transient burning, the new method named digital image processing is presented. In the article , the principle of digital image processing is analysed; The burning face of the sample in the each time is located according the image and the coordinates of the burning face is obtained. In experiment the transient burn rate is measured by digital image processing and the accuracy is acceptable.

  11. Application of Al/B/Fe2O3 Nano Thermite in Composite Solid Propellant

    Jingke Deng


    Full Text Available Hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB propellant were prepared with different content of Al/B/Fe2O3 nano thermite, and the mechanical, thermal and energetic performances were studied. Al/B/Fe2O3 nano thermite exhibited good compatibility with HTPB and dioctyl sebacate (DOS through differential scanning calorimetry (DSC tests. Mechanical experiments show that the mechanical properties of HTPB propellant could be improved by the addition of a small quantity of Al/B/Fe2O3 nano thermite, compared with the absence of Al/B/Fe2O3 nano thermite. For example, with the addition of 3% Al/B/Fe2O3 nano thermite, the tensile strength and elongation of propellant had the increase of 15.3% and 32.1%, respectively. Thermal analysis indicated that the decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP in HTPB propellant could be catalyzed by Al/B/Fe2O3 nano thermite, the high-temperature exothermic peak of AP was shifted to lower temperature by 70.8 °C when the content of Al/B/Fe2O3 nano thermite was 5%, and the heat released was enhanced by 70%. At the same time, the heat of explosion of HTPB propellant could also be enhanced by the addition of Al/B/Fe2O3 nano thermite. Copyright © 2016 BCREC GROUP. All rights reserved  Received: 5th November 2015; Revised: 4th December 2015; Accepted: 30th December 2015 How to Cite: Deng, J., Li, G., Shen, L., Luo, Y. (2016. Application of Al/B/Fe2O3 Nano Thermite in Composite Solid Propellant. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 11 (1: 109-114. (doi:10.9767/bcrec.11.1.432.109-114 Permalink/DOI:

  12. C/C-SiC Composites for Nozzle of Solid Propellant Ramjet

    WANG Lingling


    Full Text Available Carbon fiber reinforced carbon and silicon carbide matrix composites for nozzle inner of solid propellant ramjet were prepared by using the hybrid process of "chemical vapor infiltration + precursor impregnation pyrolysis (CVI+PIP". The microstructure, flexural and anti-ablation properties of the C/C-SiC composites and hydraulic test and rocket motor hot firing test for nozzle inner of solid propellant ramjet were comprehensively investigated. The results show that when the flexural strength of the composite reachs 197 MPa, the fracture damage behavior of the composites presents typical toughness mode.Also the composites has excellent anti-ablative property, i.e., linear ablation rate is only 0.0063 mm·s-1 after 200 s ablation. The C/C-SiC component have excellent integral bearing performance with the hydraulic bursting pressure of 6.5 MPa, and the high temperature combination property of the C/C-SiC composite nozzle inner is verified through motor hot firing of solid propellant ramjet.

  13. Experimental investigation of the combustion products in an aluminised solid propellant

    Liu, Zhu; Li, Shipeng; Liu, Mengying; Guan, Dian; Sui, Xin; Wang, Ningfei


    Aluminium is widely used as an important additive to improve ballistic and energy performance in solid propellants, but the unburned aluminium does not contribute to the specific impulse and has both thermal and momentum two-phase flow losses. So understanding of aluminium combustion behaviour during solid propellant burning is significant when improving internal ballistic performance. Recent developments and experimental results reported on such combustion behaviour are presented in this paper. A variety of experimental techniques ranging from quenching and dynamic measurement, to high-speed CCD video recording, were used to study aluminium combustion behaviour and the size distribution of the initial agglomerates. This experimental investigation also provides the size distribution of the condensed phase products. Results suggest that the addition of an organic fluoride compound to solid propellant will generate smaller diameter condensed phase products due to sublimation of AlF3. Lastly, a physico-chemical picture of the agglomeration process was also developed based on the results of high-speed CCD video analysis.

  14. [Studies on spectral characteristics of solid propellant by remote sensing FTIR].

    Li, Yan; Huang, Zhong-hua; Zhou, Xue-tie; Wang, Jun-de


    The infrared spectral characteristics of high-intensity IR solid propellant were measured in this paper using a Bruker EQUINOX55 remote sensing FTIR spectrometer. The emission spectra of the combustion flame were recorded in the range of 4700-1800 cm(-1) with a spectral resolution of 4 cm(-1). The combustion temperatures of solid propellant at the burning time of 0, 9, 18, 27 and 36 s calculated from the molecular rotation-vibration spectra were 1992.5, 1610.9, 2294.4, 2361.1 and 1916.9 K, respectively. Moreover, the spectral radiance distributions of the high IR flare material at different times were given, and the combustion product concentrations of HCl, HF, CO2 and CO were determined quantitatively. Results showed that remote sensing FTIR is a potential technology that can be applied to the measurement of IR spectral characteristics, especially to the identification of the IR objects, guidance and anti-guidance in the military, and the modification of the make-up of solid propellant.

  15. Experimental study on composite solid propellant material burning rate using algorithm MATLAB

    Thunaipragasam Selvakumaran


    Full Text Available In rocketry application, now-a-days instead of monopropellants slowly composite propellants are introduced. Burning rate of a solid state composite propellant depends on many factors like oxidizer-binder ratio, oxidizer particle size and distribution, particle size and its distribution, pressure, temperature, etc. Several researchers had taken the mass varied composite propellant. In that, the ammonium perchlorate mainly varied from 85 to 90%. This paper deals with the oxidizer rich propellant by allowing small variation of fuel cum binder ranging from 2%, 4%, 6%, and 8% by mass. Since the percent of the binder is very less compared to the oxidizer, the mixture remains in a powder form. The powder samples are used to make a pressed pellet. Experiments were conducted in closed window bomb set-up at pressures of 2, 3.5, and 7 MN/m2. The burning rates are calculated from the combustion photography (images taken by a high-speed camera. These images were processed frame by frame in MATLAB, detecting the edges in the images of the frames. The burning rate is obtained as the slope of the linear fit from MATLAB and observed that the burn rate increases with the mass variation of constituents present in solid state composite propellant. The result indicates a remarkable increase in burn rate of 26.66%, 20%, 16.66%, and 3.33% for Mix 1, 2, 3, 4 compared with Mix 5 at 7 MN/m2. The percentage variations in burn rate between Mix 1 and Mix 5 at 2, 3.5, and 7 MN/m2 are 25.833%, 32.322%, and 26.185%, respectively.

  16. Solid propellant rocket motor internal ballistics performance variation analysis, phase 3

    Sforzini, R. H.; Foster, W. A., Jr.; Murph, J. E.; Adams, G. W., Jr.


    Results of research aimed at improving the predictability of off nominal internal ballistics performance of solid propellant rocket motors (SRMs) including thrust imbalance between two SRMs firing in parallel are reported. The potential effects of nozzle throat erosion on internal ballistic performance were studied and a propellant burning rate low postulated. The propellant burning rate model when coupled with the grain deformation model permits an excellent match between theoretical results and test data for the Titan IIIC, TU455.02, and the first Space Shuttle SRM (DM-1). Analysis of star grain deformation using an experimental model and a finite element model shows the star grain deformation effects for the Space Shuttle to be small in comparison to those of the circular perforated grain. An alternative technique was developed for predicting thrust imbalance without recourse to the Monte Carlo computer program. A scaling relationship used to relate theoretical results to test results may be applied to the alternative technique of predicting thrust imbalance or to the Monte Carlo evaluation. Extended investigation into the effect of strain rate on propellant burning rate leads to the conclusion that the thermoelastic effect is generally negligible for both steadily increasing pressure loads and oscillatory loads.

  17. Migration of a Moonlet in a Ring of Solid Particles: Theory and Application to Saturn's Propellers

    Crida, Aurélien; Papaloizou, John C. B.; Rein, Hanno; Charnoz, Sébastien; Salmon, Julien


    Hundred-meter-sized objects have been identified by the Cassini spacecraft in Saturn's A ring through the so-called propeller features they create in the ring. These moonlets should migrate due to their gravitational interaction with the ring; in fact, some orbital variations have been detected. The standard theory of type I migration of planets in protoplanetary disks cannot be applied to the ring system as it is pressureless. Thus, we compute the differential torque felt by a moonlet embedded in a two-dimensional disk of solid particles, with a flat surface density profile, both analytically and numerically. We find that the corresponding migration rate is too small to explain the observed variations of the propeller's orbit in Saturn's A ring. However, local density fluctuations (due to gravity wakes in the marginally gravitationally stable A ring) may exert a stochastic torque on a moonlet. Our simulations show that this torque can be large enough to account for the observations depending on the parameters of the rings. We find that on timescales of several years the migration of propellers is likely to be dominated by stochastic effects (while the former, non-stochastic migration dominates after ~104-105 years). In that case, the migration rates provided by observations so far suggest that the surface density of the A ring should be on the order of 700 kg m-2. The age of the propellers should not exceed 1-100 million years depending on the dominant migration regime.


    Oladipupo Olaosebikan Ogunleye


    Full Text Available This study was designed to evaluate the effect of propellant formulation and geometry on the solid propellant grains internal ballistic performance using core, bates, rod and tubular and end-burn geometries. Response Surface Methodology (RSM was used to analyze and optimize the effect of sucrose, potassium nitrate and carbon on the chamber pressure, temperature, thrust and specific impulse of the solid propellant grains through Central Composite Design (CCD of the experiment. An increase in potassium nitrate increased the specific impulse while an increase in sucrose and carbon decreased specific impulse. The coefficient of determination (R2 for models of chamber pressure, temperature, thrust and specific impulse in terms of composition and geometry were 0.9737, 0.9984, 0.9745 and 0.9589, respectively. The optimum specific impulse of 127.89 s, pressure (462201 Pa, temperature (1618.3 K and thrust (834.83 N were obtained using 0.584 kg of sucrose, 1.364 kg of potassium nitrate and 0.052 kg of carbon as well as bate geometry. There was no significant difference between the calculated and experimented ballistic properties at p < 0.05. The bate grain geometry is more efficient for minimizing the oscillatory pressure in the combustion chamber.

  19. Evaluation of Additives to Reduce Solid Propellant Flammability in Ambient Air.


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  20. Mechanical characterization of composite solid rocket propellant based on hydroxy-terminated polybutadiene

    Gligorijević Nikola I.


    Full Text Available This paper presents the procedure of uniaxial mechanical characterization of composite solid rocket propellant based on hydroxy-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB, whose mechanical properties strongly depend on temperature, strain rate, natural aging and accumulated damage. A method of processing data is presented in order to determine time-temperature shift factor and master curves for tensile strength, ultimate strain and relaxation modulus, depending on reduced time. Functional dependences of these features represent an input for structural analysis of a rocket motor propellant grain. The effects of natural aging on the mechanical properties are also considered. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR 36050: Research and development of unmanned aircraft in support of traffic infrastructure monitoring

  1. The Use of Fractal for Prediction of Burning Rate of Composite Solid Propellants

    ManouchehrNikazar; MohammadB.Bagherpour; 等


    By using fractal geometry is is possible to calculate the actual AP(Ammonium Perchlorate)surface area and oxidizer-binder interface fractal dimension in the prediction of burning rate of commposite solid propellants.In this investigation,the fractal dimension was determined by a procedure known as the "Box counting Method".using this dimensio,surface area relations were developed for the rough particles.This method was implemented in the PEM(Petite Ensemble Model) burning rate model,The comparison of burning rates for a typical propellant by the PEM and fractal model shows that the burning rates botained by using the fractal geometry are slightly less than those obtained by the PEM model.

  2. The direct effects of strain on burning rates of composite solid propellants

    Langhenry, M. T.


    A mathematical model is developed to predict burn rate augmentation due to strain in a composite solid propellant. The model assumes the effect is due to the ability of the flame to penetrate the small fissures and voids that form when a propellant is strained. The number and size of these fissures is obtained by applying a flaw propagation analysis to randomly distributed flaws that form when the binder-oxidizer particle bonds break under stress. A flame height is calculated with Summerfield's burn rate equation and is used to compute the burn rate augmentation based upon the additional burn area created when the flame penetrates the fissures. Comparisons are made with data obtained from published sources. The existence of threshold pressure and strains, above which augmentation occurs, is verified although the model predicts a lower threshold pressure and higher threshold strain than expected. Further results and applications of the model are discussed.

  3. Equation of state for inert gas solids

    Kamal Devlal; B R K Gupta


    The equation of state is a fundamental relation to analyse the thermophysical properties of different class of solids and it plays a key role in basic and applied condensed matter physics research. A lot of work has been done in the field of ionic solids, minerals and metals but a very little work is done in the field of inert gas solids. Most of the equations of state failed to explain the properties of inert gas solid because of their abnormal behavior in the low temperature range. In the present paper, Singh–Gupta equation of state has been used to study the properties of these solids. The results obtained using these equations have shown a good agreement with available experimental results. Thus it is shown that these equations of states successfully explain the behavior of inert gas solids.

  4. The evaluation of solid phase micro-extraction fibre types for the analysis of organic components in unburned propellant powders.

    Dalby, Oliver; Birkett, Jason W


    This work describes the evaluation of various solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) fibre types for the detection of compounds originating from particles of unburned propellant powders. These compounds may also be found in association with organic gunshot residues (OGSR). Seven SPME fibres were assessed based on their ability to extract the compounds of interest (diphenylamine (DPA), 4-nitrodiphenylamine (4-NDPA), ethyl centralite (EC), nitroglycerin (NG) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)) from four ammunition types across three calibres (9 mm, 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm). Extracts were analysed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Results indicated that the 65 μm polydimethylsiloxane/divinylbenzene (PDMS/DVB) was the most suitable fibre type for the extraction of these compounds across the ammunition types tested. Optimal extraction time parameters were also assessed with a 35-min period determined to be suitable. A number of previously unreported considerations for extracting propellant powders and potentially OGSR related materials are discussed.

  5. Solid Hydrogen Experiments for Atomic Propellants: Particle Formation Energy and Imaging Analyses

    Palaszewski, Bryan


    This paper presents particle formation energy balances and detailed analyses of the images from experiments that were conducted on the formation of solid hydrogen particles in liquid helium during the Phase II testing in 2001. Solid particles of hydrogen were frozen in liquid helium and observed with a video camera. The solid hydrogen particle sizes and the total mass of hydrogen particles were estimated. The particle formation efficiency is also estimated. Particle sizes from the Phase I testing in 1999 and the Phase II testing in 2001 were similar. Though the 2001 testing created similar particles sizes, many new particle formation phenomena were observed. These experiment image analyses are one of the first steps toward visually characterizing these particles and it allows designers to understand what issues must be addressed in atomic propellant feed system designs for future aerospace vehicles.

  6. Application of fractional calculus to modeling transient combustion of solid propellants

    Kulish, Vladimir; Horák, Vladimír; Duc, Linh Do; Lukáč, Tomáš


    It was Zel'dovich, who first considered the transient combustion problem of solid propellants. Some more detailed models of that process have been developed afterwards. However, until today, numerical methods remain the prevailing tool for modeling unsteady combustion processes. In this work, it has been demonstrated that at least one of the problems of the unsteady combustion theory, which previously investigated numerically, can be treated analytically by means of fractional calculus. The solution for the unsteady speed of combustion thus derived is then compared with the solution obtained by numerical means in previous studies. The comparison shows a good agreement between those results, especially for small values of time.

  7. Azidated Ether-Butadiene-Ether Block Copolymers as Binders for Solid Propellants

    Cappello, Miriam; Lamia, Pietro; Mura, Claudio; Polacco, Giovanni; Filippi, Sara


    Polymeric binders for solid propellants are usually based on hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB), which does not contribute to the overall energy output. Azidic polyethers represent an interesting alternative but may have poorer mechanical properties. Polybutadiene-polyether copolymers may combine the advantages of both. Four different ether-butadiene-ether triblock copolymers were prepared and azidated starting from halogenated and/or tosylated monomers using HTPB as initiator. The presence of the butadiene block complicates the azidation step and reduces the storage stability of the azidic polymer. Nevertheless, the procedure allows modifying the binder properties by varying the type and lengths of the energetic blocks.

  8. Feasibility demonstration of a variable frequency driver-microwave transient regression rate measurement system. [for solid propellant combustion response

    Strand, L. D.; Mcnamara, R. P.


    The feasibility of a system capable of rapidly and directly measuring the low-frequency (motor characteristics length bulk mode) combustion response characteristics of solid propellants has been investigated. The system consists of a variable frequency oscillatory driver device coupled with an improved version of the JPL microwave propellant regression rate measurement system. The ratio of the normalized regression rate and pressure amplitudes and their relative phase are measured as a function of varying pressure level and frequency. Test results with a well-characterized PBAN-AP propellant formulation were found to compare favorably with the results of more conventional stability measurement techniques.

  9. Analysis of velocity-coupled response function data from the dual rotating valve. [combustion stability of solid rocket propellants

    Brown, R. S.; Waugh, R. C.


    The results of a re-evaluation of the propellant combustion data obtained using the dual valve approach for measuring velocity-coupling characteristics of solid propellants are presented. Data analysis and testing procedures are described. The velocity response is compared to pressure-coupled response data within the context of thermal wave response theory. This comparison shows important inconsistencies which cast doubt on inferring the velocity response from pressure-coupled response functions.

  10. Solid Hydrogen Experiments for Atomic Propellants: Particle Formation, Imaging, Observations, and Analyses

    Palaszewski, Bryan


    This report presents particle formation observations and detailed analyses of the images from experiments that were conducted on the formation of solid hydrogen particles in liquid helium. Hydrogen was frozen into particles in liquid helium, and observed with a video camera. The solid hydrogen particle sizes and the total mass of hydrogen particles were estimated. These newly analyzed data are from the test series held on February 28, 2001. Particle sizes from previous testing in 1999 and the testing in 2001 were similar. Though the 2001 testing created similar particles sizes, many new particle formation phenomena were observed: microparticles and delayed particle formation. These experiment image analyses are some of the first steps toward visually characterizing these particles, and they allow designers to understand what issues must be addressed in atomic propellant feed system designs for future aerospace vehicles.

  11. Development of a Polyuretbane Binder System Giving a 'Knottable' Composite Solid Propellant

    E. Devadoss


    Full Text Available Polyurethane propellants, which constitute one of the 'work-horse' binder systems in modern solid rocketry are easily amenable for tailoring the mechanical properties in terms of variations in the molecular structure of the backbone polyols, the isocyanates and stoichiometry of the reactants. The paper deals with studies in developing an advanced binder system based on poly (oxy propylene glycol and toluene-di-isocyanate, which is capable of accommodating high solids loading and conceding elongatlon at maximum stress, of more than 125 per cent. The gum-stock properties of the binder are related with those of a low molecular weight version and the results are explained based on the network theory of condensation polymers.

  12. Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of solid rocket propellants at 14.1 T.

    Maas, W E; Merwin, L H; Cory, D G


    Proton NMR images of solid propellant materials, consisting of a polybutadiene binder material filled with 82% solid particles, have been obtained at a magnetic field strength of 14.1 T and at a resolution of 8.5 x 8.5 micron. The images are the first of elastomeric materials obtained at a proton frequency of 600 MHz and have the highest spatial resolution yet reported. The images display a high contrast and are rich in information content. They reveal the distribution of individual filler particles in the polymer matrix as well as a thin polymer film of about 10-30 micron which is found to surround some of the larger filler particles.

  13. The effects of various cure cycles upon the viability of Bacillus subtillis var. niger spores within solid propellant.

    Brewer, W. A.; Paik, W. W.; Robillard, C. L.; Green, R. H.; Smith, C. D.


    Saturethane solid propellant was used in all tests. The spore inoculum was evenly distributed in the propellant. Samples weighing approximately 5 g were aseptically removed, placed into curing ovens, and exposed to cure temperatures. Initial tests were conducted at 82 and 93 C. Analysis of the obtained data indicated that the survivor curves were not linear. Exposure of the inoculated propellant samples to 93 C reduced the initial population to less than 0.01% in about 20 hours. At 82 C, approximately 168 hours were required for a similar reduction. Tests involving curing temperatures of 105 and 115 C were also conducted. It is pointed out that changes in the mechanism of spore inactivation due to chemical and physical changes in the propellant could account for the nonlinear survivor curves obtained.

  14. Physics Simulation Software for Autonomous Propellant Loading and Gas House Autonomous System Monitoring

    Regalado Reyes, Bjorn Constant


    1. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is developing a mobile launching system with autonomous propellant loading capabilities for liquid-fueled rockets. An autonomous system will be responsible for monitoring and controlling the storage, loading and transferring of cryogenic propellants. The Physics Simulation Software will reproduce the sensor data seen during the delivery of cryogenic fluids including valve positions, pressures, temperatures and flow rates. The simulator will provide insight into the functionality of the propellant systems and demonstrate the effects of potential faults. This will provide verification of the communications protocols and the autonomous system control. 2. The High Pressure Gas Facility (HPGF) stores and distributes hydrogen, nitrogen, helium and high pressure air. The hydrogen and nitrogen are stored in cryogenic liquid state. The cryogenic fluids pose several hazards to operators and the storage and transfer equipment. Constant monitoring of pressures, temperatures and flow rates are required in order to maintain the safety of personnel and equipment during the handling and storage of these commodities. The Gas House Autonomous System Monitoring software will be responsible for constantly observing and recording sensor data, identifying and predicting faults and relaying hazard and operational information to the operators.

  15. Migration of a moonlet in a ring of solid particles : Theory and application to Saturn's propellers

    Crida, A; Rein, H; Charnoz, S; Salmon, J


    Hundred meter sized objects have been identified by the Cassini spacecraft in Saturn's A ring through the so-called "propeller" features they create in the ring. These moonlets should migrate, due to their gravitational interaction with the ring ; in fact, some orbital variation have been detected. The standard theory of type I migration of planets in protoplanetary disks can't be applied to the ring system, as it is pressureless. Thus, we compute the differential torque felt by a moonlet embedded in a two-dimensional disk of solid particles, with flat surface density profile, both analytically and numerically. We find that the corresponding migration rate is too small to explain the observed variations of the propeller's orbit in Saturn's A-ring. However, local density fluctuations (due to gravity wakes in the marginally gravitationally stable A-ring) may exert a stochastic torque on a moonlet. Our simulations show that this torque can be large enough to account for the observations, depending on the paramet...

  16. Effects of solid-propellant temperature gradients on the internal ballistics of the Space Shuttle

    Sforzini, R. H.; Foster, W. A., Jr.; Shackelford, B. W., Jr.


    The internal ballistic effects of combined radial and circumferential grain temperature gradients are evaluated theoretically for the Space Shuttle solid rocket motors (SRMs). A simplified approach is devised for representing with closed-form mathematical expressions the temperature distribution resulting from the anticipated thermal history prior to launch. The internal ballistic effects of the gradients are established by use of a mathematical model which permits the propellant burning rate to vary circumferentially. Comparative results are presented for uniform and axisymmetric temperature distributions and the anticipated gradients based on an earlier two-dimensional analysis of the center SRM segment. The thrust imbalance potential of the booster stage is also assessed based on the difference in the thermal loading of the individual SRMs of the motor pair which may be encountered in both summer and winter environments at the launch site. Results indicate that grain temperature gradients could cause the thrust imbalance to be approximately 10% higher in the Space Shuttle than the imbalance caused by SRM manufacturing and propellant physical property variability alone.

  17. Modeling and simulation of the debonding process of composite solid propellants

    Feng, Tao; Xu, Jin-sheng; Han, Long; Chen, Xiong


    In order to study the damage evolution law of composite solid propellants, the molecular dynamics particle filled algorithm was used to establish the mesoscopic structure model of HTPB(Hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene) propellants. The cohesive element method was employed for the adhesion interface between AP(Ammonium perchlorate) particle and HTPB matrix and the bilinear cohesive zone model was used to describe the mechanical response of the interface elements. The inversion analysis method based on Hooke-Jeeves optimization algorithm was employed to identify the parameters of cohesive zone model(CZM) of the particle/binder interface. Then, the optimized parameters were applied to the commercial finite element software ABAQUS to simulate the damage evolution process for AP particle and HTPB matrix, including the initiation, development, gathering and macroscopic crack. Finally, the stress-strain simulation curve was compared with the experiment curves. The result shows that the bilinear cohesive zone model can accurately describe the debonding and fracture process between the AP particles and HTPB matrix under the uniaxial tension loading.

  18. Application of solid hydrocarbon propellant on turbocharged solid propellant ramjet%固体碳氢推进剂在涡轮增压固冲发动机中的应用

    李江; 刘凯; 王伟; 刘洋; 田园


    提出了固体碳氢推进剂作为涡轮增压固冲发动机( TSPR)驱涡推进剂的方案,分析了适用于TSPR推进剂的热力参数和一次燃烧产物成分,完成了驱涡推进剂的选择;进行了备选推进剂( CH04)对TSPR性能的影响性评估,证明该推进剂能够满足TSPR的性能要求;对所选推进剂了进行了一、二次燃烧试验,试验结果表明,CH04推进剂在补燃室点火较困难,但其一次、二次燃烧稳定性好,燃气参数基本满足TSPR对推进剂性能要求.%Solid hydrocarbon propellant was proposed to be used to drive turbine of Turbocharged Solid Propellant Ramjet (TSPR).The thermodynamic parameters and the first combustion production of propellant used for TSPR were analyzed to select the suitable propellant(CH04) to drive the turbine. An evaluation for propellant' s influence on the performance of TSPR was per-formed,which proved that the propellant(CH04)meets the requirements of TSPR.The first and second combustion experiments were carried out.The results show that,the first and second combustion have high stability,despite of the difficulty in ignition in the after-burner,and the feasibility of the selected propellant used for TSPR was verified.

  19. Energetic Abilities of Solid Composite Propellants Based on 3,4,5-Trinitropyrazole and Ammonium Dinitramide

    LEMPERT David B; CHUKANOV Nikita; SHU Yuan-jie


    The investigation aims at the expansion of the basis of formulations of solid composite propellants by introducing new compositions with lower sensitivity to mechanic impact and improved thermal stability .The formulations based on trinitropyrazole (TNP) contains a binder (a hydrocarbon or active one) ,aluminum and inorganic oxidizer ADN .The results show that a binary for‐mulation TNP + active binder (18% -19% )(volume fraction) with no metal is well designed which would achieve high specific im‐pulse (at Pc∶ Pa=40∶1) of 248 s ,high density of 1 .80 g/cm3 and combustion temperature Tc about 3450 K .In terms of energy , metal‐free compositions with TNP lose a bit to those with HMX ,only if HMX fraction in formulation is higher than 45% -50% .

  20. Effect of Temperature Sensitivity and Plasticizer Diffusive Transport on Performance of Layered Solid Propellants under Electrothermal Plasma Injection

    Bourham, Mohamed


    .... The plasma jet velocity 2 inches from the source exit was found to be about 1300 m/s. Following characterization of the plasma-flow field, a set of experiments was conducted on JA-2 solid propellant with controlled bed temperature...

  1. Measurements of solids concentration and axial solids velocity in gas-solid two-phase flows.

    Nieuwland, J.J.; Meijer, R.; Kuipers, J.A.M.; Swaaij, van W.P.M.


    Several techniques reported in the literature for measuring solids concentration and solids velocity in (dense) gas-solid two-phase flow have been briefly reviewed. An optical measuring system, based on detection of light reflected by the suspended particles, has been developed to measure local soli

  2. Solid Organic Deposition During Gas Injection Studies

    Dandekar, Abhijit Y.; Andersen, Simon Ivar; Stenby, Erling Halfdan


    Recently a series of first contact miscibility (swelling) experiments have been performed on undersaturated light and heavy oils using LPG rich and methane rich injection gases, in which solid organic deposition was observed. A compositional gradient in the oils during the gas injection process w...

  3. The scaling of the threshold conditions for solid propellant erosive burning

    Strand, L. D.; Nguyen, M. H.; Cohen, N. S.


    Rocket test firings were performed to measure the transition length threshold conditions while systematically varying various rocket motor parameters. These include the crossflow velocity, the chamber pressure, the propellant nonerosive burning rate, the propellant surface roughness, and the motor port diameter. The erosive burning trends with varying propellant burning rate, motor chamber pressure, and mass flow rate are consistent with published results.

  4. Navier-Stokes analysis of solid propellant rocket motor internal flows

    Sabnis, J. S.; Gibeling, H. J.; Mcdonald, H.


    A multidimensional implicit Navier-Stokes analysis that uses numerical solution of the ensemble-averaged Navier-Stokes equations in a nonorthogonal, body-fitted, cylindrical coordinate system has been applied to the simulation of the steady mean flow in solid propellant rocket motor chambers. The calculation procedure incorporates a two-equation (k-epsilon) turbulence model and utilizes a consistently split, linearized block-implicit algorithm for numerical solution of the governing equations. The code was validated by comparing computed results with the experimental data obtained in cylindrical-port cold-flow tests. The agreement between the computed and experimentally measured mean axial velocities is excellent. The axial location of transition to turbulent flow predicted by the two-equation (k-epsilon) turbulence model used in the computations also agrees well with the experimental data. Computations performed to simulate the axisymmetric flowfield in the vicinity of the aft field joint in the Space Shuttle solid rocket motor using 14,725 grid points show the presence of a region of reversed axial flow near the downstream edge of the slot.

  5. Quantity Distance for the Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building for Solid Propellant Fueled Launchers

    Stover, Steven; Diebler, Corey; Frazier, Wayne


    The NASA KSC VAB was built to process Apollo launchers in the 1960's, and later adapted to process Space Shuttles. The VAB has served as a place to assemble solid rocket motors (5RM) and mate them to the vehicle's external fuel tank and Orbiter before rollout to the launch pad. As Space Shuttle is phased out, and new launchers are developed, the VAB may again be adapted to process these new launchers. Current launch vehicle designs call for continued and perhaps increased use of SRM segments; hence, the safe separation distances are in the process of being re-calculated. Cognizant NASA personnel and the solid rocket contractor have revisited the above VAB QD considerations and suggest that it may be revised to allow a greater number of motor segments within the VAB. This revision assumes that an inadvertent ignition of one SRM stack in its High Bay need not cause immediate and complete involvement of boosters that are part of a vehicle in adjacent High Bay. To support this assumption, NASA and contractor personnel proposed a strawman test approach for obtaining subscale data that may be used to develop phenomenological insight and to develop confidence in an analysis model for later use on full-scale situations. A team of subject matter experts in safety and siting of propellants and explosives were assembled to review the subscale test approach and provide options to NASA. Upon deliberations regarding the various options, the team arrived at some preliminary recommendations for NASA.

  6. Navier-Stokes analysis of solid propellant rocket motor internal flows

    Sabnis, J. S.; Gibeling, H. J.; Mcdonald, H.


    A multidimensional implicit Navier-Stokes analysis that uses numerical solution of the ensemble-averaged Navier-Stokes equations in a nonorthogonal, body-fitted, cylindrical coordinate system has been applied to the simulation of the steady mean flow in solid propellant rocket motor chambers. The calculation procedure incorporates a two-equation (k-epsilon) turbulence model and utilizes a consistently split, linearized block-implicit algorithm for numerical solution of the governing equations. The code was validated by comparing computed results with the experimental data obtained in cylindrical-port cold-flow tests. The agreement between the computed and experimentally measured mean axial velocities is excellent. The axial location of transition to turbulent flow predicted by the two-equation (k-epsilon) turbulence model used in the computations also agrees well with the experimental data. Computations performed to simulate the axisymmetric flowfield in the vicinity of the aft field joint in the Space Shuttle solid rocket motor using 14,725 grid points show the presence of a region of reversed axial flow near the downstream edge of the slot.

  7. Evaluation of Flygt Propeller Xixers for Double Shell Tank (DST) High Level Waste Auxiliary Solids Mobilization



    The River Protection Project (RPP) is planning to retrieve radioactive waste from the single-shell tanks (SST) and double-shell tanks (DST) underground at the Hanford Site. This waste will then be transferred to a waste treatment plant to be immobilized (vitrified) in a stable glass form. Over the years, the waste solids in many of the tanks have settled to form a layer of sludge at the bottom. The thickness of the sludge layer varies from tank to tank, from no sludge or a few inches of sludge to about 15 ft of sludge. The purpose of this technology and engineering case study is to evaluate the Flygt{trademark} submersible propeller mixer as a potential technology for auxiliary mobilization of DST HLW solids. Considering the usage and development to date by other sites in the development of this technology, this study also has the objective of expanding the knowledge base of the Flygt{trademark} mixer concept with the broader perspective of Hanford Site tank waste retrieval. More specifically, the objectives of this study delineated from the work plan are described.

  8. Effect of Oxidizer Particle Size on Burning Rate and Thermal Decomposition of Composite Solid Propellants

    K. Kishore


    Full Text Available Studies on Thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorarte(AP- polystyrene(PS propellant and burning rate of PS/AP propellant have been carried out as a function of oxidizer particle size. Thermal decomposition of AP and AP/PS propellant as function of AP particle size shows a maximum rate around 100 micro particle size which has been explained on the basis of Mample's theory. No such maximum is observed in the case of PS/AP propellant burning rate.

  9. Design and optimization of micro-semiconductor bridge used for solid propellant microthrusters array

    Ru, Chengbo; Dai, Ji; Xu, Jianbing; Ye, Yinghua; Zhu, Peng; Shen, Ruiqi


    Igniter is the basic component of MEMS-based solid propellant microthrusters (SPM) array, which should response fast with low dissipated energy. To satisfy the requirements, micro-semiconductor bridge (MSCB) with dual V-angles contributing to the reduction of dissipated energy is introduced into the array. The electrical explosion characteristics of MSCB investigated under constant voltage, in the considerations of the limit of power supply in the micro/nanosatellite, are similar to those under capacitive discharge. The bridge was completely vaporized and burst into the hot plasma under high-level voltage. While under low-level voltage, the bridge was partly vaporized without detected plasma. The 3#SCB (90° V-angle) with the smallest power density resulting in the lowest applied voltage (12.0 V) and the 2#SCB with the smallest narrow width (Wmin) leading to the lowest average power (11.3 W) were chosen to the further optimization. The ignition tests were implemented to examine the ignition reliability of the contractible igniters, which were optimized to satisfy the voltage limitation with sufficient ignition capacity. The results show that the effective SCB with lowest dissipated power is the 3#-3SCB, which function within 100 μ under 7.0 V, and the average power below 5.0 W.

  10. A Rate-Dependent Viscoelastic Damage Model for Simulation of Solid Propellant Impacts

    Matheson, E. R.; Nguyen, D. Q.


    A viscoelastic deformation and damage model (VED) for solid rocket propellants has been developed based on an extensive set of mechanical properties experiments. Monotonic tensile tests performed at several strain rates showed rate and dilatation effects. During cyclic tensile tests, hysteresis and a rate-dependent shear modulus were observed. A tensile relaxation experiment showed significant stress decay in the sample. Taylor impact tests exhibited large dilatations without significant crack growth. Extensive modifications to a viscoelastic-viscoplastic model (VEP) necessary to capture these experimental results have led to development of the VED model. In particular, plasticity has been eliminated in the model, and the multiple Maxwell viscoelastic formulation has been replaced with a time-dependent shear modulus. Furthermore, the loading and unloading behaviors of the material are modeled independently. To characterize the damage and dilatation behavior, the Tensile Damage and Distention (TDD) model is run in conjunction with VED. The VED model is connected to a single-cell driver as well as to the CTH shock physics code. Simulations of tests show good comparisons with tensile tests and some aspects of the Taylor tests.

  11. Analysis of Metallised Propellant Ignition Process under Conductive Heating

    K. A. Bhaskaran


    Full Text Available Ignition of a composite aluminised propellant (AP-HTPB-Al in stagnant hot air is analysed theoretically, based on solid phase and gas phase theories. According to solid phase theory, ignition is due to reaction of the propellant in the solid phase at elevated temperatures. One-dimensional transient solid phase energy equation is solved to obtain the surface temperature profile of the propellant. By gas phase theory, an exothermic gas phase reaction, adjacent to the propellant surface, is considered responsible for the ignition. The changes in temperature and concentrations in the gas phase and the temperature profile below the propellant surface during the pre-ignition induction period are considered. Equations of energy and concentrations of reactants have been solved to obtain the species concentration and temperature profiles in the gas phase. An experimental investigation of the ignition of AP-HTPB-Al propellant is also carried out in a shock tube under end-mount conditions. Pressure and temperature ranges were 6-16 bar and 1500-3000 K, respectively. A comparison of the experimental data with predicted results shows that the ignition in an oxidizing atmosphere is by gas phase reaction, whereas in an inert atmosphere, solid phase reaction may be predominant.

  12. Catalytic microtubular jet engines self-propelled by accumulated gas bubbles.

    Solovev, Alexander A; Mei, Yongfeng; Bermúdez Ureña, Esteban; Huang, Gaoshan; Schmidt, Oliver G


    Strain-engineered microtubes with an inner catalytic surface serve as self-propelled microjet engines with speeds of up to approximately 2 mm s(-1) (approximately 50 body lengths per second). The motion of the microjets is caused by gas bubbles ejecting from one opening of the tube, and the velocity can be well approximated by the product of the bubble radius and the bubble ejection frequency. Trajectories of various different geometries are well visualized by long microbubble tails. If a magnetic layer is integrated into the wall of the microjet engine, we can control and localize the trajectories by applying external rotating magnetic fields. Fluid (i.e., fuel) pumping through the microtubes is revealed and directly clarifies the working principle of the catalytic microjet engines.

  13. ISRO Polyol - The Versatile Binder for Composite Solid Propellants for Launch Vehicles and Missiles

    V. N. Krishnamurthy


    Full Text Available A family of propellants based on a low cost hydroxy terminated binder has been developed and proved in large size motors. It can meet the requirements of Apogee motors as well as large boosters. The system offers advantages comparable with HTPB propellants in terms of high ballistic performance, stringent mechanical properties, ease and reliability of cure even at ambient conditions and high storage stability. The near-Newtonian flow behaviour, simplicity and processing characteristics of this saturated binder propellant are particularly note-worthy.

  14. Structural Assessment of Solid Propellant Grains (l’Evaluation structurale des blocs de poudre a’ propergol solide)


    Knockdown Factors for Common Propellant Families used in the United States. Propellant FamjiyT 1 5__ yr 1 0l s 1 15 ys 2rs . 1.. 25 yrs- CMDB a 0.96 0.92...3] Meili, G.;Thepenie,J.;Pasquier, M.; Dubroca, G.; Mechanical Design of Case-bonded CMDB Grains by a Non-linear Viscoelastic Method, AIAA-80-1177

  15. Ballistic properties and burning behaviour of an ammonium perchlorate/guanidine nitrate/sodium nitrate airbag solid propellant

    A. Ulas; G.A. Risha; K.K. Kuo [Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey). Department of Mechanical Engineering


    An experimental investigation on the determination of ballistic properties and burning behavior of a composite solid propellant for airbag application was conducted. The experimental results were obtained using a high-pressure optical strand burner. Steady-state burning rates were determined for a pressure range of 20.8-41.5 MPa and initial propellant temperatures of -30 to +80{sup o}C. For the pressure and temperature ranges tested, the temperature sensitivity was on the order of 1 x 10{sup -3} K{sup -1}. The pressure exponent was found to be a function of the initial propellant temperature and was 0.75 at 25{sup o}C. The activation energy and the pre-exponential factor of the Arrhenius equation are 2.735 kcal/mol and 15.06 cm/s, respectively. The pressure deflagration limit for this propellant was found to be in the range of 8.37-8.72 MPa. During combustion, small condensed-phase spherical particles were ejected from the burning surface. The size of the particles decreased with either increasing the pressure or the initial propellant temperature. For pressures below 41.4 MPa, average particle size was on the order of 900 {mu}m, and at 84.4 MPa, the bead size was much smaller, on the order of 300 {mu}m. A chemical analysis on these particles using both the ESEM and the X-ray diffraction method indicated that the material of the beads was mostly sodium chloride with a small amount of silicon-containing compounds. 6 refs., 17 figs.

  16. Modeling and Analysis of the Reverse Water Gas Shift Process for In-Situ Propellant Production

    Whitlow, Jonathan E.


    This report focuses on the development of mathematical models and simulation tools developed for the Reverse Water Gas Shift (RWGS) process. This process is a candidate technology for oxygen production on Mars under the In-Situ Propellant Production (ISPP) project. An analysis of the RWGS process was performed using a material balance for the system. The material balance is very complex due to the downstream separations and subsequent recycle inherent with the process. A numerical simulation was developed for the RWGS process to provide a tool for analysis and optimization of experimental hardware, which will be constructed later this year at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Attempts to solve the material balance for the system, which can be defined by 27 nonlinear equations, initially failed. A convergence scheme was developed which led to successful solution of the material balance, however the simplified equations used for the gas separation membrane were found insufficient. Additional more rigorous models were successfully developed and solved for the membrane separation. Sample results from these models are included in this report, with recommendations for experimental work needed for model validation.

  17. Partial Burn Laws in Propellant Erosive Burning

    S.V. Finjakov


    Full Text Available Experimental and computer methods were developed for investigating the combustion phenomena in the propellants which burn in streams of hot gas flowing along the burn surfaces of the propellants. The experimental investigations allowed establishment of different dependencies for erosive burning. Computer solutions of the problem for double-base (DB propellants showed a good agreement with the experimental results. The suggested variant of modified theory considers the change of heat release in solids, the real burn surface roughness, the nonisothermality of boundary layer and the effect of gas mass blow from the propellant burn surface into the gas stream. This modified theory was used for studying burn laws at 30-1000 atm and up to gas stream sound velocities for different DB propellants. It was found that gas stream leads to splitting of the propellant burn laws, m = bp/sup v/. Pressure power (v, in this case depends on gas stream velocity (W, diameter of the propellant tube canal (d and gas stream temperature (T/sub w/. It is because of this that these burn laws were named partial burn laws. They have the form (m = bp/sup w(omega/ w,d,T/sub w/ -const. The dependencies w(omega = f(w,d,T/sub w/ were obtained by the modified theory. It was found that omega values mainly decrease when pressure increases beginning from ~200 to 400 atm and they can decrease up to w(omega = 0,1- 0,3. Similar results can be obtained for composite propellants.

  18. The use of image analysis for the study of interfacial bonding in solid composite propellant



    Full Text Available In the framework of this research, the program Image Pro Plus was applied for determining the polymer–oxidizer interactions in HTPB-based composite propellants. In order to improve the interactions, different bonding agents were used, and their efficiency was analyzed. The determination of the quantity, area and radius of non-bonded oxidizer crystals is presented. The position of formed cracks in the specimen and their area has a great influence on the mechanical properties of composite propellant. The preparation of the composite propellant in order to enable the photographing of their structure by means of stereoscopic and metallographic microscopes with the digital camera is also described as well.

  19. Effects of the acceleration vector on transient burning rate of an aluminized solid propellant.

    Northam, G. B.


    Experimental results concerning the transient burning-rate augmentation of a 16% aluminum polybutadiene acrylic acid (PBAA) propellant burned in a 2-in. web motor at pressure levels from 300 to 1200 psia with centrifugal accelerations from 0 to 140 g. The orientation of the acceleration vector was varied to determine its effect on the transient burning rate. The burning-rate augmentation was strongly dependent on (1) acceleration level, (2) propellant distance burned (or burn time), and (3) orientation of the acceleration vector with respect to the burning surface. This transient rate augmentation resulted from the retention of molten metallic residue on the burning surface by the normal acceleration loading. The presence of the residue altered the combustion zone heat transfer and caused increased localized burning rates, as evidenced by the pitted propellant surfaces that were observed from extinction tests conducted at various acceleration levels.

  20. Flight Investigation of the Performance of a Two-stage Solid-propellant Nike-deacon (DAN) Meteorological Sounding Rocket

    Heitkotter, Robert H


    A flight investigation of two Nike-Deacon (DAN) two-stage solid-propellant rocket vehicles indicated satisfactory performance may be expected from the DAN meteorological sounding rocket. Peak altitudes of 356,000 and 350,000 feet, respectively, were recorded for the two flight tests when both vehicles were launched from sea level at an elevation angle of 75 degrees. Performance calculations based on flight-test results show that altitudes between 358,000 feet and 487,000 feet may be attained with payloads varying between 60 pounds and 10 pounds.

  1. Probabilistic assessment for the design of high reliability objects (greater than 0.999) such as solid propellant grains

    Nahon, S.; Silvestrini, P.; Thepenier, J.


    A Bayesian method is proposed which uses the safety margin to justify the design of high-reliability objects characterized by one-shot destructive functioning and by a high manufacturing cost. To validate the Bayesian reliability model, a program of overtests has been conducted with seven solid propellant grains of six tons each. Each trial has been performed with a reduced safety margin leading to a design reliability of 0.5 at 60 percent confidence level. The reliability model gives reasonably good agreement with experimental results as the confidence level stabilizes, leading to the conclusion that it can be applied to estimate higher reliability levels (greater than 0.999).

  2. Solid-propellant rocket motor internal ballistic performance variation analysis, phase 2

    Sforzini, R. H.; Foster, W. A., Jr.


    The Monte Carlo method was used to investigate thrust imbalance and its first time derivative throughtout the burning time of pairs of solid rocket motors firing in parallel. Results obtained compare favorably with Titan 3 C flight performance data. Statistical correlations of the thrust imbalance at various times with corresponding nominal trace slopes suggest several alternative methods of predicting thrust imbalance. The effect of circular-perforated grain deformation on internal ballistics is discussed, and a modified design analysis computer program which permits such an evaluation is presented. Comparisons with SRM firings indicate that grain deformation may account for a portion of the so-called scale factor on burning rate between large motors and strand burners or small ballistic test motors. Thermoelastic effects on burning rate are also investigated. Burning surface temperature is calculated by coupling the solid phase energy equation containing a strain rate term with a model of gas phase combustion zone using the Zeldovich-Novozhilov technique. Comparisons of solutions with and without the strain rate term indicate a small but possibly significant effect of the thermoelastic coupling.

  3. Modeling Plasma Flow in Solid Propellant Charges Using the NGEN Multiphase CFD Code


    using these equations derived by a formal averaging technique applied to the microscopic flow. These equations require a number of constitutive laws...disk (dimensions shown are from Chang and Howard [32]). acrylic, that allows cinematography of plasma flows and ignition events along the propellant

  4. Effects of normal acceleration on transient burning rate augmentation of an aluminized solid propellant

    Northam, G. B.


    Instantaneous burning rate data for a polybutadiene acrylic acid propellant, containing 16 weight percent aluminum, were calculated from the pressure histories of a test motor with 96.77 sq cm of burning area and a 5.08-cm-thick propellant web. Additional acceleration tests were conducted with reduced propellant web thicknesses of 3.81, 2.54, and 1.27 cm. The metallic residue collected from the various web thickness tests was characterized by weight and shape and correlated with the instantaneous burning rate measurements. Rapid depressurization extinction tests were conducted in order that surface pitting characteristics due to localized increased burning rate could be correlated with the residue analysis and the instantaneous burning rate data. The acceleration-induced burning rate augmentation was strongly dependent on propellant distance burned, or burning time, and thus was transient in nature. The results from the extinction tests and the residue analyses indicate that the transient rate augmentation was highly dependent on local enhancement of the combustion zone heat feedback to the surface by the growth of molten residue particles on or just above the burning surface. The size, shape, and number density of molten residue particles, rather than the total residue weight, determined the acceleration-induced burning rate augmentation.

  5. Visualizing Gas Adsorption on Porous Solids: Four Simple, Effective Demonstrations

    Cheung, Ocean


    Gas adsorption on porous solids is a topic that is often discussed in an undergraduate chemistry or chemical engineering course. The idea of porosity and gas adsorption on a porous solid is usually discussed with adsorption isotherms recorded using commercially available equipment. This discussion can be rather abstract and can be difficult for…

  6. 复合固体推进剂老化研究%Summary of Study on Ageing of Composite Solid Propellant

    于亮; 陈燕; 李智; 李树娟


    针对复合固体推进剂的老化问题,探讨了复合固体推进剂老化的主要因素;从复合固体推进剂组分的影响、环境湿度、储存温度等方面分析了其影响复合固体推进剂老化的机理;综述了复合固体推进剂贮存寿命的几种预估方法:力学性能法、阿累尼乌斯方程式法、凝胶含量法、傅里叶红外光谱法和动态粘弹法,并对这些研究方法的内容和结果可信度进行了分析。最后对复合固体推进剂老化研究的发展趋势进行了展望。%In the view of the composite solid propellant ageing,the main factors of the composite solid propellant aging were discussed and aging mechanism of the composite solid propellant was analyzed from the influence of the component of solid propellant,environment humidity and storing temperature,several forecast methods of composite solid propellant storage life was overviewed:the methods of mechanical properties, activation energy, gel content, Fourier infrared spectrum analysis and dynamic mechanical analysis. And simultaneously the main content of these methods and the reliability of these results were analyzed. Finally,aging research trends of the composite solid pro-pellant were discussed.

  7. Workshop on ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) Ignition of Composite Solid Propellants Held on April 18-19, 1989 in Nashville, Tennessee


    CMDB propellants decreased 40 percent and CTPB propellants decreased about 3 percent. The AC volume resistivity decreased with increasing frequency for...each sample. CMDB propel- lants are somewhat conductive even at the low frequencies. Both HTPB and CTPB propellants have a relatively high resistivity

  8. The Internal Flow Modeling of a Simulated Solid Propellant-Liner Debond Using Loci-CHEM


    other non-destructive evaluation ( NDE ) methods is a routine part of many motor programs. Those evaluations do not measure propellant mechanical...6 , was used in the current effort. The model combines the Wilcox k−ω model in the near-wall region with the k− model in the outer part of the...flaw geometry to a far greater extent, since NDE equipment generally do not have high resolution. Therefore, several sensitivity analyses were

  9. Studies on Decomposition and Combustion Mechanism of Solid Fuel Rich Propellants


    energetic plasticizers in place of conventional inert binders and inert plasticizers like organic phthalates and acetates . FRP formulations based on poly...9), 1994, pp. 269-278. 16) Singh, H; Shekhar, H. Science and Technology of rocket propellants, Printed by Print well, Tow -Chowk, Darbhanga, (India...diazido 3,3 nitroazo pentane) -- -80 554 -- Diethylene glycol bis- azido acetate 1 -100 -392 -- Trimethylol nitro methane 1.4 -72 -230

  10. Numerical simulation of multi-phase combustion flow in solid rocket motors with metalized propellant%Nmerical simulation of multi-phase combustion flow in solid rocket motors with metalized propellant

    SHAFQAT Wahab; XIE Kan; LIU Yu


    Multi-phase flow field simulation has been performed on solid rocket motor and effect of multi-phases on the performance prediction of the solid rocket motor(SRM)is in- vestigation.During the combustion of aluminized propellant,the aluminum particles in the propellant melt and form liquid aluminum at the burning propellant surface.So the flow within the rocket motor is multi phase or two phase because it contains droplets and smoke particles of Al2O3.Flow simulations have been performed on a large scale motor,to observe the effect of the flowfield on the chamber and nozzle as well.Uniform particles diameters and Rosin-Rammler diameter distribution method that is based on the assumption that an expo- nential relationship exists between the droplet diameter,d and mass fraction of droplets with diameter greater than d have been used for the simulation of different distribution of Al2O3 droplets present in SRM.Particles sizes in the range of 1-1 00μm are used,as being the most common droplets.In this approach the complete range of particle sizes is divided into a set of discrete size ranges,each to be defined by single stream that is part of the group.Roe scheme-flux differencing splitting based on approximate Riemann problem has been used to simulate the effects of the multi-phase flowfeild.This is second order upwind scheme in which flux differencing splitting method is employed.To cater for the turbulence effect, Spalart-Allmaras model has been used.The results obtained show the great sensitivity of this diameters distribution and particles concentrations to the SRM flow dynamics,primarily at the motor chamber and nozzle exit.The results are shown with various sizes of the parti- cles concentrations and geometrical configurations including models for SRM and nozzle.The analysis also provides effect of multi-phase on performance prediction of solid rocket motor.

  11. Workbook for predicting pressure wave and fragment effects of exploding propellant tanks and gas storage vessels

    Baker, W. E.; Kulesz, J. J.; Ricker, R. E.; Bessey, R. L.; Westine, P. S.; Parr, V. B.; Oldham, G. A.


    Technology needed to predict damage and hazards from explosions of propellant tanks and bursts of pressure vessels, both near and far from these explosions is introduced. Data are summarized in graphs, tables, and nomographs.

  12. Assessment of Poisson's Ratio for Hydroxy-terminated Polybutadine-based Solid Rocket Propellants

    Himanshu Shekhar


    Full Text Available Poisson's ratio of hydroxy-terminated polybutadine (HTPB-based composite propellant is estimated from uni-axial tensile testing. Double dumbbell specimens as per ASTM D638 type IV standard were used and Poisson's ratio at break, obtained by change in volume of specimen, was calculated as approximately 0.25. It was also observed that Poisson's ratio is different along different lateral directions of the propellant specimen. Poisson's ratios in two orthogonal directions perpendicular to longitudinal axis were calculated as 0.17 and 0.30. As ASTM specimen has rectangular cross-section of approximate size 6 mm x 4 mm, the directional behaviour of Poisson's ratio may be attributed to initial dimensions. Prismatic propellant specimen with square cross-section and of 115 mm x 6 mm x 6 mm dimension do not show any variation wrt Young's modulus,tensile strength, and percentage elongation as compared to ASTM specimen. Directional behaviour of Poisson's ratio with almost similar numerical value was again observed, thus ruling out dependence of this behaviour on different initial dimensions of propellant cross-section. Further, Poisson's ratio varies linearly with strain even in linear portion of stress-strain curve in uni-axial tensile testing. The rate of reduction of Poisson's ratio with increase in strain is slower in linear region and it accelerates after dewetting due to formation of vacuoles. Variation of Poisson's ratio with strain has two different slopes in linear (slope = 0.3165 and nonlinear regions (slope = 0.61364. Numerical value of slope for variation of Poisson's ratio with strain almost doubles after dewetting. It must be noted that no change in volume does not necessarily indicate constant Poisson's ratioequal to 0.5. Composite propellants behave as compressible material in most of the regions and near-failure region or at higher strains; Poisson's ratio is not anywhere near to 0.5, instead it is near 0.25.Defence Science

  13. 气动脱壳技术发射破片原理分析%Principle Analysis of Launching Fragments Based on Gas-Propelled Technology

    梁磊; 闫光虎; 李强; 严文荣


    In order to obtain high-speed fragments, stable ballistic performance, designed and processed the gas-propelled sabot-discarding pill for launching fragments. Analyzed the principle of gas-propelled sabot-discarding and the gas-filling and exhaust gas law of gas chamber, the motion of the gas-propelled fragments has been carefully calculated under the different spiracle areas and gas chamber volumes during the discarding process in certain artillery, and the key factor influencing the design of the gas-propelled sabot-discarding pill has been analyzed. The results show that the stoma area and the gas chamber cubage play a very important role in the gas-propelled sabot-discarding motion, it is a key factor of gas-propelled technology.%为获得高速破片、稳定弹道性能,自行设计加工了用于破片发射的气动脱壳弹。分析了该气动脱壳弹气动脱壳的原理及气室的充排气规律,计算了某火炮发射该气动脱壳弹时不同气孔面积和气室容积下其气室的压力变化,分析了影响该气动脱壳弹设计的关键因素。分析结果证明:气孔面积和气室容积在气动脱壳中起着非常重要的作用,是该种气动脱壳弹设计的关键要素。

  14. Chaos suppression in gas-solid fluidization.

    Pence, Deborah V.; Beasley, Donald E.


    Fluidization in granular materials occurs primarily as a result of a dynamic balance between gravitational forces and forces resulting from the flow of a fluid through a bed of discrete particles. For systems where the fluidizing medium and the particles have significantly different densities, density wave instabilities create local pockets of very high void fraction termed bubbles. The fluidization regime is termed the bubbling regime. Such a system is appropriately termed a self-excited nonlinear system. The present study examines chaos suppression resulting from an opposing oscillatory flow in gas-solid fluidization. Time series data representing local, instantaneous pressure were acquired at the surface of a horizontal cylinder submerged in a bubbling fluidized bed. The particles had a weight mean diameter of 345 &mgr;m and a narrow size distribution. The state of fluidization corresponded to the bubbling regime and total air flow rates employed in the present study ranged from 10% to 40% greater than that required for minimum fluidization. The behavior of time-varying local pressure in fluidized beds in the absence of a secondary flow is consistent with deterministic chaos. Kolmogorov entropy estimates from local, instantaneous pressure suggest that the degree of chaotic behavior can be substantially suppressed by the presence of an opposing, oscillatory secondary flow. Pressure signals clearly show a "phase-locking" phenomenon coincident with the imposed frequency. In the present study, the greatest degree of suppression occurred for operating conditions with low primary and secondary flow rates, and a secondary flow oscillation frequency of 15 Hz. (c) 1998 American Institute of Physics.

  15. Selected Topics on Mass Transport in Gas-solid Interactions

    Somers, Marcel A.J.


    The present article is a short review containing examples of the role of mass transport in the solid state during gas-solid interactions. Examples are taken from the authors' research on the interaction of carbon and/or nitrogen with iron-based metals. Topics dealt with are diffusion-controlled d......The present article is a short review containing examples of the role of mass transport in the solid state during gas-solid interactions. Examples are taken from the authors' research on the interaction of carbon and/or nitrogen with iron-based metals. Topics dealt with are diffusion...

  16. Liquid Propellants for Advanced Gun Ammunitions

    K. P. Rao


    Full Text Available With constant improvements, the conventional solid propellants for guns have almost reached their limit in performance. Liquid gun propellants are promising new comers capable of surpassing these performance limits and have numerous advantages over solid propellants. A method has been worked out to predict the internal ballistics of a liquid propellant gun and illustrated in a typical application.

  17. A new method for detecting the aging property of HTPB solid propellant%HTPB固体推进剂老化性能检测新方法

    任宁莉; 赵新强; 邓凯; 余志刚


    引入了光致正电子湮灭分析方法 (PIPA,Photon Induced Positron Analysis),对HTPB固体推进剂老化性能进行检测研究。介绍了PIPA的原理、PIPA试验平台的搭建以及PIPA的数值处理方法,并用511KeV能谱的FWHM值ε(半高宽,Full Width Half Maximum)表征HTPB固体推进剂老化引起的微观变化,所得结论与固体推进剂的常规测试一致,证明了PIPA用于固体推进剂老化性能无损检测的可行性。%To study the aging character of HTPB solid propellant,PIPA(Photon Induced Positron Analysis) was presented.The positrons created by the PIPA process are formed throughout the solid propellant.The principle of PIPA was introduced along with the built-up of the PIPA system and the arithmetic method.The information of HTPB solid propellant micro change due to aging was extracted from the FWHM of 511keV spectra.There is positive correlation between the results of experiments and regular tests,indicating that PIPA is a feasible nondestructive detection method for solid propellant aging evaluation.

  18. The materials and elements production practice of counter-erosional and thermal protection system of the SPR-solid-propellant sustainer nozzle

    Shkurenko, V. M.


    This paper presents the production scheme for heat- and erosion-protective carbon plastic materials for heat shield elements of solid-propellant nozzles. Attention is also given the method of manufacturing adhesive joint assemblies, and the production scheme is included.

  19. Testing and evaluation of solid lubricants for gas bearings

    Albrecht, P. R.; Fischer, W. H.


    The testing and results of testing solid film lubricants for gas lubricated bearing applications are reported. The tests simulated operational hazards of tilting pad gas bearings. The presence of a low coefficient of friction and the endurance of the solid film lubricant were the criteria for judging superior performance. All solid lubricants tested were applied to a plasma sprayed chrome oxide surface. Molybdenum disulfide and graphite fluoride were the solid lubricants tested; other test parameters included the method of application of the solid lubricant and the surface finish of the plasma sprayed coating. In general, the application of a solid film lubricant was found to significantly improve the coefficient of friction of the rubbing surfaces.

  20. Heat transfer across the interface between nanoscale solids and gas.

    Cheng, Chun; Fan, Wen; Cao, Jinbo; Ryu, Sang-Gil; Ji, Jie; Grigoropoulos, Costas P; Wu, Junqiao


    When solid materials and devices scale down in size, heat transfer from the active region to the gas environment becomes increasingly significant. We show that the heat transfer coefficient across the solid-gas interface behaves very differently when the size of the solid is reduced to the nanoscale, such as that of a single nanowire. Unlike for macroscopic solids, the coefficient is strongly pressure dependent above ∼10 Torr, and at lower pressures it is much higher than predictions of the kinetic gas theory. The heat transfer coefficient was measured between a single, free-standing VO(2) nanowire and surrounding air using laser thermography, where the temperature distribution along the VO(2) nanowire was determined by imaging its domain structure of metal-insulator phase transition. The one-dimensional domain structure along the nanowire results from the balance between heat generation by the focused laser and heat dissipation to the substrate as well as to the surrounding gas, and thus serves as a nanoscale power-meter and thermometer. We quantified the heat loss rate across the nanowire-air interface, and found that it dominates over all other heat dissipation channels for small-diameter nanowires near ambient pressure. As the heat transfer across the solid-gas interface is nearly independent of the chemical identity of the solid, the results reveal a general scaling relationship for gaseous heat dissipation from nanostructures of all solid materials, which is applicable to nanoscale electronic and thermal devices exposed to gaseous environments.

  1. Changes in the Calorimetric Value and Ignition Temperature of Composite Solid Propellants During Ageing-A Note

    K. Kishore


    Full Text Available Calorimetric value and ignition temperature of carboxy terminated polybutadiene/ammonium perchlorate propellant decrease during accelerated ageing. The behaviour has been explained on account of binder loss and condensed phase reactions in the propellant matrix.

  2. Stimuli-responsive cylindrical hydrogels mimic intestinal peristalsis to propel a solid object.

    Nistor, V; Cannell, J; Gregory, J; Yeghiazarian, L


    The emerging field of soft robotics relies on soft, stimuli-responsive materials to enable load transport, manipulation, and mobility in complex unconstrained environments. These materials often need to replicate biological functionality such as muscle contractions and flexibility. Here we demonstrate a soft actuator prototype based on thermosensitive PNIPAAM hydrogels that can transport and manipulate objects. A hollow cylindrical hydrogel was selectively heated and cooled with Peltier devices to yield a traveling wave of shrinking and swelling akin to intestinal peristalsis. A 4 mm diameter bead was placed inside the cylinder and propelled 19.5 mm, equal to distance traveled by the peristaltic wave. We derived conditions that enable peristaltic transport as a function of transporter-cargo design parameters. We conclude that hydrogel-based peristaltic manipulators covering 2 orders of magnitude in stiffness (1-10(2) kPa) could transport cargo spanning 4 orders of magnitude in size (μm-m).

  3. The effect of solid phase reactions on the ballistic properties of propellants

    Schmidt, W. G.


    The combustion of NHClO4 composite propellants was studied between 15 and 3000 psi. The emphasis was on determining the mechanisms by which the fuel components influence the burning rate of the composites. All combustion experiments were performed with pressed powder strands. The fuels affected the combustion mechanism of the composite through their effect on the oxidizer decomposition mechanism, the composite surface temperature, and by reacting heterogeneously with the oxidizer on the surface of the composite. The results indicate that the fuel component has a significant effect on the surface temperature in both catalyzed and uncatalyzed composites. The data suggest that the contribution, to the overall combustion reaction, of heterogeneous reactions increases with increasing pressure. There is also evidence that even in steady state combustion the ignition of individual oxidizer particles is an important parameter in determining the combustion characteristics of the composite.

  4. Microwave measurement of the solid propellant pressure-coupled response function

    Strand, L. D.; Mcnamara, R. P.; Magiawala, K. R.


    The results of an investigation are presented on the applicability of a microwave Doppler shift technique for directly determining propellant response functions over the desired frequency range. The investigation consisted of three phases. In Phase 1 the validity of the technique was established by comparing measured pressure-coupled response function data to existing data from T-burners and rotating valve tests. In Phase 2 a new microwave burner-pressure modulation system capable of achieving frequencies and mean chamber pressures of at least 1500 Hz and 10.5 MPa (1500 psia), respectively, was developed. During Phase 3 test firings are being carried out to define the frequency limit, response function resolution, and precision of the new design.

  5. Chemical reactions identified in the Titan 2, Titan 4, and Delta 2 propellant systems and their application to source modeling

    Prince, S. P.; Banning, D. W.; Wiseman, F. L.


    A series of tests involving the combustion of solid and liquid propellants used to fuel the Titan 2, Titan 4, and Delta 2 launch vehicles was performed. The purpose of these tests was to evaluate the nature and amounts of combustion gases from reacting these propellants in various proportions, and to apply the derived data to predicting toxic chemical emissions arising from a launch vehicle explosion. Propellants tested in this study included Aerozine-50 and nitrogen tetroxide (liquid propellants used in the Titan 2 and Titan 4 launch vehicles), PBAN solid propellant (used on the Titan 4 solid rocket motor), RP-1 and liquid oxygen (liquid propellants used to fuel the Delta 2 launch vehicle), and the Castor IVA solid rocket propellant used on the Delta 2 first stage engine. Tests were conducted in a 150-liter stainless steel combustion chamber in air at nominal pressure (0.8 atmospheres at Denver barometric conditions). Measurements of the chamber gas temperature and internal pressure were taken and gas samples were withdrawn and analyzed for expected combustion gases, unreacted propellants, organic vapors, and oxygen reacted from the air. A stainless steel witness plate was used to collect condensates which formed during the course of the propellant combustion tests. Results of this study suggest significantly different chemical fates for some of the rocket propellants than those predicted by chemical theory only. A description of the test parameters, results, and application to source predictions is presented.

  6. Overview on conductometric solid-state gas dosimeters

    I. Marr; Groß, A.; Moos, R.


    The aim of this article is to introduce the operation principles of conductometric solid-state dosimeter-type gas sensors, which have found increased attention in the past few years, and to give a literature overview on promising materials for this purpose. Contrary to common gas sensors, gas dosimeters are suitable for directly detecting the dose (also called amount or cumulated or integrated exposure of analyte gases) rather than the actual analyte concentration. Therefore...

  7. Studies on crack extension in solid propellant%固体推进剂裂纹扩展研究综述

    胡松启; 周宴星; 刘迎吉; 陈静


    The research status of the crack extension in solid propellant at home and abroad are introduced. Experimental study and theoretical analysis of the crack extension in solid propellant are summarized. The advantages and disadvantages of such study are analyzed. The influences of various factors on crack extension in solid propellant are generalized. The results show that the tension ma- chine and high-speed photography are main means for studying the mechanics characteristic of pro- pellant with crack, and the combustion property of propellant and the extension of crack; the working pressure in combustion chamber, pressure boost rate, style and size of crack, and burning rate of pro- pellant arc the important factors for the crack extension in solid propellant. It is pointed out that it is necessary to research the quantitative relationship between various factors and crack extension.%介绍国内外关于固体推进剂裂纹扩展的研究现状,总结固体推进剂裂纹扩展的试验研究和理论分析方法,归纳影响固体推进剂裂纹扩展的各种因素。分析认为:采用拉伸装置研究有裂纹推进剂力学性能和利用高速摄影系统研究裂纹燃烧和扩展情况是当前主要的研究手段;发动机燃烧室内压力、升压速率、裂纹形状尺寸和推进剂燃速是装药裂纹扩展的重要因素;必须进一步开展各因素和裂纹扩展的定量关系研究。

  8. A study of the effects of solid phase reactions on the thermal degradation and ballistic properties of solid propellants

    Schmidt, W. G.


    The thermal stability of perchlorate composite propellants was studied at 135 and 170 C. The experimental efforts were concentrated on determining the importance of heterogeneous oxidizer-fuel reactions in the thermal degradation process. The experimental approach used to elucidate the mechanisms by which the oxidizer fuel composites thermally degrade was divided into two parts: (1) keeping the fuel constant and varying the nature of the oxidizers, and (2) holding the oxidizer constant and varying the fuel components. The fuel component primarily utilized in the first phase was polyethylene. Oxidizers included KClO4, KClO3, NH4ClO4 and NH4ClO4 doped with materials such as chlorate, phosphate and arsenate. In the second phase the oxidizer used was primarily NH4ClO4 while the fuels included saturated and unsaturated polybutadiene prepolymers and a series of bonding agents. Techniques employed in the current study include thermogravimetric measurements, differential thermal analysis, infrared, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, and appropriate wet chemical analysis.

  9. Feasibility of an advanced thrust termination assembly for a solid propellant rocket motor


    A total of 68 quench tests were conducted in a vented bomb assembly (VBA). Designed to simulate full-scale motor operating conditions, this laboratory apparatus uses a 2-inch-diameter, end-burning propellant charge and an insulated disc of consolidated hydrated aluminum sulfate along with the explosive charge necessary to disperse the salt and inject it onto the burning surface. The VBA was constructed to permit variation of motor design parameters of interest; i.e., weight of salt per unit burning surface area, weight of explosive per unit weight of salt, distance from salt surface to burning surface, incidence angle of salt injection, chamber pressure, and burn time. Completely satisfactory salt quenching, without re-ignition, occurred in only two VBA tests. These were accomplished with a quench charge ratio (QCR) of 0.023 lb salt per square inch of burning surface at dispersing charge ratios (DCR) of 13 and 28 lb of salt per lb of explosive. Candidate materials for insulating salt charges from the rocket combustion environment were evaluated in firings of 5-inch-diameter, uncured end-burner motors. A pressed, alumina ceramic fiber material was selected for further evaluation and use in the final demonstration motor.

  10. Effects of magnesium-based hydrogen storage materials on the thermal decomposition, burning rate, and explosive heat of ammonium perchlorate-based composite solid propellant.

    Liu, Leili; Li, Jie; Zhang, Lingyao; Tian, Siyu


    MgH2, Mg2NiH4, and Mg2CuH3 were prepared, and their structure and hydrogen storage properties were determined through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and thermal analyzer. The effects of MgH2, Mg2NiH4, and Mg2CuH3 on the thermal decomposition, burning rate, and explosive heat of ammonium perchlorate-based composite solid propellant were subsequently studied. Results indicated that MgH2, Mg2NiH4, and Mg2CuH3 can decrease the thermal decomposition peak temperature and increase the total released heat of decomposition. These compounds can improve the effect of thermal decomposition of the propellant. The burning rates of the propellant increased using Mg-based hydrogen storage materials as promoter. The burning rates of the propellant also increased using MgH2 instead of Al in the propellant, but its explosive heat was not enlarged. Nonetheless, the combustion heat of MgH2 was higher than that of Al. A possible mechanism was thus proposed. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  11. Methanol synthesis in a countercurrent gas-solid-solid trickle flow reactor. An experimental study

    Kuczynski, M.; Oyevaar, M.H.; Pieters, R.T.; Westerterp, K.R.


    The synthesis of methanol from CO and H2 was executed in a gas-solid-solid trickle flow reactor. The reactor consisted of three tubular reactor sections with cooling sections in between. The catalyst was Cu on alumina, the adsorbent was a silica-alumina powder and the experimental range 498–523 K,

  12. Is the exploding powder gas of the propellant from blank cartridges sterile?

    Rothschild, M A; Liesenfeld, O


    Shots from blank weapons loaded with blank cartridges, when fired from close range or as a contact shot, almost always cause the skin to burst open and lead to injuries to structures below the surface. Subsequently, wound infections are often observed. In addition to the introduction of skin germs, the possibility exists that contaminated propellants may enter into consideration as a source of infection. Using step-by-step experimental procedures we were able to demonstrate that: 1. Blank cartridge propellants were almost always contaminated with Bacillus cereus (nitrocellulose powder more so than black powder); 2. When the shot is fired numerous bacteria survive and are forced out with the gunsmoke from the weapon and thus find their way into the wound. In principle, blank cartridge propellant thus exhibits as much potential for wound infection as the skin germs. Clearly, the species B. cereus is prominent in this context. For open injuries even with 'harmless' blank weapons, an antibiotic prophylaxis should always be administered.


    H.; Zhang; J.-X.; Zhu


    In a 9.3 m high and 0.10 m i.d. gas-solids downflow fluidized bed (downer), the radial and axial distributions of the local solids holdups and particle velocities along the downer column were measured with the superficial gas velocity set to zero. A unique gas-solids flow structure was found in the downer system with zero gas velocity, which is completely different from that under conditions with higher gas velocities, in terms of its radial and axial flow structures as well as its micro flow structure. The gas-solids flow pattern under zero gas velocity conditions, together with that under low gas velocity conditions, can be considered as a special regime which differs from that under higher gas velocity conditions. According to the hydrodynamic properties of the two regimes, they can be named the "dense annulus" regime for the flow pattern under zero or low gas velocity conditions and the "dense core" regime for that under higher gas velocity conditions.

  14. Surface modification of solid state gas sensors

    Morris, Ljuibov

    The phenomenon of electrical conductivity being controlled by the chemical state of a surface grafted reactive centre, resulting in a room temperature gas response, is demonstrated. The reactive centres can be chosen to be specific to a particular gas, providing a route to new types of gas detectors tailored for a particular application. Generalization of the phenomenon was verified. Surface grafting of Ti, Ru and Pt centres onto SnO2; Ti and Pt centres onto Ti02 ; and Pt centres onto BaSn0.97Sb0.03O3 resulted in a room temperature gas sensitivity specific to each system. Surface grafting of Ru centres onto SnO2 resulted in additional electronic states in the SnO2 band gap associated with surface Ru species, revealed by XPS and correlated with resistance increase of the material. An electronic interaction between grafted Ru centres and the SnO2 support was manifested in conductivity being controlled by the surface state of the Ru. Variations in the chemical state of the surface grafted Ru caused by gas chemisorption were revealed by XPS and this was correlated with conductivity change measured as gas response of the device at room temperature. The samples were characterized by EXAFS to confirm the structure of the surface Ru species, TPD, UV- visible spectroscopy, XPS and electrical measurements. DFT molecular cluster calculations were also performed to ascertain the origin of the gas response. The mechanism of the room temperature CO response of SnO2 decorated with small Pt particles was refined. In this case Pt was applied by common impregnation techniques. The conductivity was shown to be controlled by the surface state of the Pt. The CO response at room temperature was found to be specific to the presence of Pt(II) species. The mechanism was assigned to CO chemisorption onto Pt(II), resulting in charge transfer, measured as conductivity increase. The samples were characterized by XPS, TPD, SEM, mass spectrometry and electrical measurements. Comparison of the


    Schluderberg, D.C.; Ryon, J.W.


    A fuel assembly is designed for use in a gas-suspension cooled nuclear fuel reactor. The coolant fluid is an inert gas such as nitrogen or helium with particles such as carbon suspended therein. The fuel assembly is contained within an elongated pressure vessel extending down into the reactor. The fuel portion is at the lower end of the vessel and is constructed of cylindrical segments through which the coolant passes. Turbulence promotors within the passageways maintain the particles in agitation to increase its ability to transfer heat away from the outer walls. Shielding sections and alternating passageways above the fueled portion limit the escape of radiation out of the top of the vessel. (AEC)

  16. Design of Solid-Gas Interfaces for Enhanced Thermal Transfer


    components used in the Air Force hardware. 15. SUBJECT TERMS energy and momentum exchange at solid liquid -interface chemical surface modification and...increased energy exchange efficiency as the gas atom mass is better matching solid atom mass. When the trapping -desorption dynamics dominates for...adsorption in single-walled carbon nanotube bundles, Int. J. Quant. Chem. 108, (2008) 1714. [17] P. S. Cheung, J. G. Powles, The properties of liquid

  17. Hydrodynamics of gas-solids downflow fluidized bed (downer) reactor

    Zhang, H.


    This study presents a semi-empirical model for the hydrodynamic flow structure in a circulating fluidized bed downer reactor. Circulating fluidized bed, or riser reactors are used in the petroleum industry for many applications including catalytic cracking, polyethylene production, calcination operations and combustion of a variety of fuels. The work in this thesis involved the development of a circulating fluidized bed riser and downer system that enables hydrodynamic studies to be carried out. The system was designed to incorporate both a riser and a downer in the same circulating operation, making it possible to conduct experimental studies on the riser and the downer separately or simultaneously. The hydrodynamics of the gas-solids downflow fluidized bed reactor were studied in a 9.3 m tall and 0.1 m i.d. circulating fluidized bed downer reactor using fluidized cracking catalyst (FCC) particles. In order to characterize the gas-solids flow structures, the following three parameters were measured: the radial distributions of the local solids holdups, the local particle velocities, and the pressure gradients along the downer column. The hydrodynamics in the co-current downflow reactor was also studied under a wide range of operating conditions. The gas-solids flow structure under zero superficial gas velocity conditions was characterized by measuring the radial distribution of the local solids holdups and particle velocities along the downer column with the superficial gas velocity set to zero. The results indicate that two basic flow regimes exist in the FCC downer system depending on the superficial gas velocity. The downer reactor was shown to have a more uniform radial flow structure compared to the riser. It also has a more uniform radial distribution of solids holdup and particle velocity as well as solids flux in both the development and fully developed zones. The highly uniform radial flow structure provides a nearly ideal plug flow condition in the

  18. An integration scheme for stiff solid-gas reactor models

    Bjarne A. Foss


    Full Text Available Many dynamic models encounter numerical integration problems because of a large span in the dynamic modes. In this paper we develop a numerical integration scheme for systems that include a gas phase, and solid and liquid phases, such as a gas-solid reactor. The method is based on neglecting fast dynamic modes and exploiting the structure of the algebraic equations. The integration method is suitable for a large class of industrially relevant systems. The methodology has proven remarkably efficient. It has in practice performed excellent and been a key factor for the success of the industrial simulator for electrochemical furnaces for ferro-alloy production.

  19. Zirconia-based solid state chemical gas sensors

    Zhuiykov, S


    This paper presents an overview of chemical gas sensors, based on solid state technology, that are sensitive to environmental gases, such as O sub 2 , SO sub x , NO sub x , CO sub 2 and hydrocarbons. The paper is focussed on performance of electrochemical gas sensors that are based on zirconia as a solid electrolyte. The paper considers sensor structures and selection of electrode materials. Impact of interfaces on sensor performance is discussed. This paper also provides a brief overview of electrochemical properties of zirconia and their effect on sensor performance. Impact of auxiliary materials on sensors performance characteristics, such as sensitivity, selectivity, response time and recovery time, is also discussed. Dual gas sensors that can be applied for simultaneous monitoring of the concentration of both oxygen and other gas phase components, are briefly considered


    Hsiaotao T. Bi


    Electrostatic charges are generated by particle-wall, particle-particle and particle-gas contacts in gas-solids transport lines and fluidized bed reactors. High particle charge densities can lead to particle agglomeration,particle segregation, fouling of reactor walls and internals, leading to undesirable by-product and premature shut-down of processing equipment. In this paper, the charge generation, dissipation and segregation mechanisms are examined based on literature data and recent experimental findings in our laboratory. The particle-wall contact charging is found to be the dominant charge generation mechanism for gas-solids pneumatic transport lines, while bipolar charging due to intimate particle-particle contact is believed to be the dominant charge generation mechanism in gas fluidized beds. Such a bipolar charging mechanism is also supported by the segregation patterns of charged particles in fluidized beds in which highly charged particles tend to concentrate in the bubble wake and drift region behind rising bubbles.

  1. Research progress of binders for solid propellants%固体推进剂用粘合剂研究进展

    李小换; 曹付齐


    介绍了固体推进剂用粘合剂的研究进展,着重介绍了丁羟类、叠氮类、HTPE、NEPE以及硝基和硝酸酯类粘合剂的合成、工艺以及性能研究情况,并对未来固体推进剂用粘合剂的发展进行了展望.%Research results of the binders for in solid propellants mainly including the synthesis and performance of hydroxyl terminated polubutadiene (HTPB) binder.azido based energetic binders,hydroxyl terminated polyrther (HTPE) binder.nitro and nitrato group containing binders were introduced.And the prospective development of binders for solid propellants was discussed.

  2. Simple-1: Development stage of the data transmission system for a solid propellant mid-power rocket model

    Yarce, Andrés; Sebastián Rodríguez, Juan; Galvez, Julián; Gómez, Alejandro; García, Manuel J.


    This paper presents the development stage of a communication module for a solid propellant mid-power rocket model. The communication module was named. Simple-1 and this work considers its design, construction and testing. A rocket model Estes Ventris Series Pro II® was modified to introduce, on the top of the payload, several sensors in a CanSat form factor. The Printed Circuit Board (PCB) was designed and fabricated from Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) components and assembled in a cylindrical rack structure similar to this small format satellite concept. The sensors data was processed using one Arduino Mini and transmitted using a radio module to a Software Defined Radio (SDR) HackRF based platform on the ground station. The Simple-1 was tested using a drone in successive releases, reaching altitudes from 200 to 300 meters. Different kind of data, in terms of altitude, position, atmospheric pressure and vehicle temperature were successfully measured, making possible the progress to a next stage of launching and analysis.

  3. A robust and high precision optimal explicit guidance scheme for solid motor propelled launch vehicles with thrust and drag uncertainty

    Maity, Arnab; Padhi, Radhakant; Mallaram, Sanjeev; Mallikarjuna Rao, G.; Manickavasagam, M.


    A new nonlinear optimal and explicit guidance law is presented in this paper for launch vehicles propelled by solid motors. It can ensure very high terminal precision despite not having the exact knowledge of the thrust-time curve apriori. This was motivated from using it for a carrier launch vehicle in a hypersonic mission, which demands an extremely narrow terminal accuracy window for the launch vehicle for successful initiation of operation of the hypersonic vehicle. The proposed explicit guidance scheme, which computes the optimal guidance command online, ensures the required stringent final conditions with high precision at the injection point. A key feature of the proposed guidance law is an innovative extension of the recently developed model predictive static programming guidance with flexible final time. A penalty function approach is also followed to meet the input and output inequality constraints throughout the vehicle trajectory. In this paper, the guidance law has been successfully validated from nonlinear six degree-of-freedom simulation studies by designing an inner-loop autopilot as well, which enhances confidence of its usefulness significantly. In addition to excellent nominal results, the proposed guidance has been found to have good robustness for perturbed cases as well.

  4. Selected Topics on Mass Transport in Gas-solid Interactions

    Somers, Marcel A.J.


    The present article is a short review containing examples of the role of mass transport in the solid state during gas-solid interactions. Examples are taken from the authors' research on the interaction of carbon and/or nitrogen with iron-based metals. Topics dealt with are diffusion......-controlled dissolution of carbon in an austenite matrix, nucleation of nitrides at an iron surface, the competition between surface reaction and solid state diffusion during iron-nitride layer growth and the evolution of the morphology of a carbonitride layer during nitrocarburizing. The work presented focuses...

  5. Performance of a UTC FW-4S solid propellant rocket motor under the command effects of simulated altitude and rotational spin

    Merryman, H. L.; Smith, L. R.


    One United Technology Center FW-4S solid-propellant rocket motor was fired at an average simulated altitude of 103,000 ft while spinning about its axial centerline at 180 rpm. The objectives of the test program were to determine motor altitude ballistic performance including the measurement of the nonaxial thrust vector and to demonstrate structural integrity of the motor case and nozzle. These objectives are presented and discussed.

  6. The effect of surfactant and solid phase concentration on drug aggregates in model aerosol propellent suspensions.

    Bower, C; Washington, C; Purewal, T S


    The effect of increasing solid phase concentration on the morphology and flocculation rate of model aerosol suspensions has been investigated. Suspensions of micronized salbutamol sulphate and lactose in trichlorotrifluoroethane (P113) were studied under conditions of increasing shear stress. By use of image analysis techniques, measurement of aggregate size, fractal dimension and rate of aggregation was performed. The effect of the surfactant sorbitan monooleate on morphology and flocculation rate was also studied. Increased solid phase concentration caused an increase in the rate of aggregation and average aggregate size at a given value of shear stress. Surfactant addition retarded the aggregation rate, and caused a shift from a diffusion-limited cluster aggregation to a reaction-limited cluster aggregation mechanism. The aggregate profiles showed a corresponding change from rugged and crenellated without surfactant, to increasingly smooth and Euclidian with increasing surfactant concentration. The morphological changes were characterized by a decrease in the average boundary fractal dimension which also correlated well with the corresponding reduction in aggregation rate.

  7. Natural synthesis of bioactive greigite by solid-gas reactions

    Igarashi, Kensuke; Yamamura, Yasuhisa; Kuwabara, Tomohiko


    Greigite, a ferrimagnetic iron sulfide Fe(II)Fe(III)2S4, is thought to have played an essential role in chemical evolution leading to the origin of life. Greigite contains a [4Fe-4S] cluster-like structure and has been synthesized in the laboratory by liquid-state reactions. However, it is unclear how greigite can be synthesized in nature. Herein, we show that greigite is synthesized by the solid-gas reaction of Fe(III)-oxide-hydroxides and H2S. We discovered that the hyperthermophilic hydrogenotrophic methanogen Methanocaldococcus jannaschii reduced elemental sulfur, and the resulting sulfide generated greigite from hematite. The time course and pH dependence of the reaction respectively indicated the involvement of amorphous FeS and H2S as reaction intermediates. An abiotic solid-gas reaction of hematite and H2S (g) under strictly anaerobic conditions was developed. The solid-gas reaction fully converted hematite to greigite/pyrite at 40-120 °C within 12 h and was unaffected by the bulk gas phase. Similar abiotic reactions occurred, but relatively slowly, with aqueous H2S in acidulous liquids using hematite, magnetite, or amorphous FeO(OH) as starting materials, suggesting that greigite was extensively produced in the Hadean Eon as these Fe(III)-oxide-hydroxides were shown to be present or routinely produced during that era. Surprisingly, the obtained greigite induced methanogenesis and growth of hydrogenotrophic methanogens, suggesting that the external greigite crystals enhanced reactions that would otherwise require enzymes, such as [4Fe-4S] cluster-harboring membrane-bound hydrogenases. These data suggested that the greigite produced by the solid-gas and solid-dissolved gas reactions was bioactive.

  8. Azido-based propellants

    Sayles, D.C.


    This patent describes an azido-based solid propellant composition having an improved burning rate comprising: a high energy plasticizer of tris-1,2,3(bis(1,2-difluoroamino)ethoxy)propane in an amount from about 24 to about 30 weight percent of the propellant composition; a curative and crosslinking agent of 4,5-epoxycyclohexylmethyl 4'5'-epoxycyclohexylcarboxylate in an amount from about 0.75 to about 1.5 weight percent of the propellant composition; a carboranyl burning rate catalyst of carboranyl-methyl propionate in an amount from about 2 to about 6 weight percent of the propellant composition; graphite linters of about 100 micrometers lengths in an amount from about 1 to about 3 weight percent of the propellant composition; aluminum powder in an amount from about 10 to about 12 weight percent of the propellant composition; aluminum flake in an amount from about 0.5 to about 2 weight percent of the propellant composition; ammonium perchlorate of about 0.9 micrometer diameter in an amount from about 46 to about 52 weight percent of the composition; a processing aid of lecithin in an amount from about 0.1 to about 0.2 weight percent of the propellant composition; and a binder of 2-azidoethyl acrylateacrylic acid copolymer in an amount from about 3 to about 8 weight percent of the propellant composition.

  9. A novel three-electrode solid electrolyte hydrogen gas sensor

    Zhu, Min; Yang, Chunling; Zhang, Yan [Harbin Insitute of Technology, Harbin (China). School of Computer Science and Technology; Jia, Zheng [Harbin Insitute of Technology, Harbin (China). School of Chemical Engineering and Technology


    A three-electrode solid electrolyte hydrogen gas sensor is explored in this paper. The sensor utilized phosphotungstic acid as the electrolyte material and adopted platinum, nickel and tungsten as the three-electrode materials respectively. In real applications, platinum was used as the measuring electrode, nickel was used as the adjusting electrode and tungsten was used as the reference electrode. In order to compare the performance of the new sensor with that of the traditional two-electrode sensor, the hydrogen concentrations were adjusted so as to detect the output of the two-electrode sensor and the three-electrode sensor. The dynamic range between the measuring electrode and the reference electrode is about 0.65V and the highest detectable limit is 12% for the three-electrode solid hydrogen gas sensor. While the dynamic range is about 0.25V and and the highest detectable limit is 1% for the two-electrode solid electrolyte gas sensor. The results demonstrate that the three-electrode solid hydrogen gas sensor has a higher resolution and detectable limit than the two-electrode sensor. abstract environment.

  10. Gas-liquid and gas-liquid-solid catalysis in a mesh microreactor.

    Abdallah, Radwan; Meille, Valérie; Shaw, John; Wenn, David; de Bellefon, Claude


    A microstructured mesh contactor that can offer residence time of more than minutes is used for gas-liquid-solid hydrogenations and gas-liquid asymmetric hydrogenations. Applications for catalyst/chiral inductor screening and for kinetic data acquisition are demonstrated.

  11. Lattice Boltzmann based discrete simulation for gas-solid fluidization

    Wang, Limin; Wang, Xiaowei; Ge, Wei


    Discrete particle simulation, a combined approach of computational fluid dynamics and discrete methods such as DEM (Discrete Element Method), SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics), PIC (Particle-In-Cell), etc., is becoming a practical tool for exploring lab-scale gas-solid systems owing to the fast development of its parallel computation. However, the gas-solid coupling and the corresponding fluid flow solver remain immature. In this work, we presented a modified lattice Boltzmann approach to consider the effect of both the local solid volume fraction and the local relative velocity between the particles and the fluid, which was different from the traditional volume-averaged Navier-Stokes equations. This approach is combined with a time-driven hard sphere algorithm to simulate the motion of individual particles in which particles interact with each other via hard-sphere collisions but the collision detection and motion of the particle are performed at constant time intervals, and the EMMS (energy minimization...

  12. Study on fire prevention and extinguishing of solid propellants in manufacture of rolling%固体推进剂在压延中燃烧的预防和灭火研究

    李晋; 杨斌; 赵树森


    Solid propellant consists of incendiary and oxidant. Solid propellant can combust intensely without oxygen. Aiming at the main causes of propellant inflammation during the rolling manufacture, the effect of temperature and moisture content on hot-spot formation of solid propellant was investigated. Further more, the technical safe measures for solid propellant manufacture. Aiming at the extinguishing problem that the fire fighting equipment being used in the solid propellant industry can not effectively put out the solid propellant fire, the ideas and methods of the solid propellant fire extinguishing were basically brought forward by the analysis of the solid propellant fire mechanism. Experimented results indicated that the choose of spray pressure, spray bore diameter, distance from spray to fire and fire time in anticipation plays an important role in extinguishing the solid propellant fire. As a result, the ideas and methods of the high-speed water jet technology for extinguishing the solid propellant fire.%固体推进剂的组分中既有氧化剂又有燃烧剂,在没有外界氧气的情况下,也能发生燃烧爆炸事故.针对固体推进剂在压延生产中产生燃烧的主要原因,研究了水分和温度对固体推进剂热点形成的影响,提出了防火安全技术措施.针对部分火炸药企业的消防设施不能有效扑灭固体推进剂火灾和阻止燃爆事故的情况,通过对固体推进剂燃烧灭火机理的分析,采用选择不同的喷水压力、喷头孔径、喷头与火焰区的距离、预先燃烧时间等因素,对固体推进剂进行燃烧灭火效果的实验研究,提出了固体推进剂火灾的高速喷水灭火技术的思路和措施.

  13. Surface modification of solid state gas sensors

    Morris, L


    mechanism of the room temperature CO response of SnO sub 2 decorated with small Pt particles was refined. In this case Pt was applied by common impregnation techniques. The conductivity was shown to be controlled by the surface state of the Pt. The CO response at room temperature was found to be specific to the presence of Pt(ll) species. The mechanism was assigned to CO chemisorption onto Pt(ll), resulting in charge transfer, measured as conductivity increase. The samples were characterized by XPS, TPD, SEM, mass spectrometry and electrical measurements. Comparison of the results presented for Pt decorated BaSn sub 0 sub . sub 9 sub 7 Sb sub 0 sub . sub 0 sub 3 O sub 3 and BaFeO sub 3 demonstrated the phenomenon to be general providing that Pt particles act as surface traps, controlling the conductivity. The phenomenon of electrical conductivity being controlled by the chemical state of a surface grafted reactive centre, resulting in a room temperature gas response, is demonstrated. The reactive centres can ...


    Hongzhong Li


    A theory of nonfluidized gas-solids flow, which combines the theory of multiphase flow with the mechanics of particulate media, was proposed on the basis of understanding that the particles contact each other, solids and gas are in movement, and the drag force on the particles caused by interstitial gas flow is similar to gravity force having the property of mass force. Then this theory was verified by experiments on vertical and inclined moving beds, and was applied to calculation and design of equipment and devices with moving beds, such as pneumatic moving bed transport,dipleg, V-value, L-valve, orifice flow, and arching prevention. It can be used to guide the design and operation of moving beds and fixed beds.

  15. Thrust enhancement via gel-type liquid confinement of laser ablation of solid metal propellant

    Choi, Soojin; Han, Tae-Hee; Gojani, Ardian B.; Yoh, Jack J.


    Laser propulsion has been developed as a suitable small thruster technology for the attitude control of micro and nano class satellites. Laser-based thrusters meet the satellite design criteria for being of light weight and cost effective, because they do not require fuel storing and oxidizer for combustion. Also, thrust control by laser propulsion is achieved fairly easy. In this paper, we consider the confinement of plasma expansion by a gel-type liquid material, which results in the enhancement of the thrust for propulsion. We also present our attempts to resolve some known issues regarding laser ablation of solid and liquid targets. The level of thrust is quantified via the momentum coupling coefficient, which was experimentally measured using a ballistic pendulum system. We have discovered that the laser ablation confinement by the gel-type medium results in 2.3 times more enhanced driving force as compared to the water confinement. A proof of performance is demonstrated for using gel-type material for generating propulsion, and material characterization for optimal thrust performance is presented.

  16. Thrust enhancement via gel-type liquid confinement of laser ablation of solid metal propellant

    Choi, Soojin; Han, Tae-hee; Gojani, Ardian B.; Yoh, Jack J. [Seoul National University, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul (Korea)


    Laser propulsion has been developed as a suitable small thruster technology for the attitude control of micro and nano class satellites. Laser-based thrusters meet the satellite design criteria for being of light weight and cost effective, because they do not require fuel storing and oxidizer for combustion. Also, thrust control by laser propulsion is achieved fairly easy. In this paper, we consider the confinement of plasma expansion by a gel-type liquid material, which results in the enhancement of the thrust for propulsion. We also present our attempts to resolve some known issues regarding laser ablation of solid and liquid targets. The level of thrust is quantified via the momentum coupling coefficient, which was experimentally measured using a ballistic pendulum system. We have discovered that the laser ablation confinement by the gel-type medium results in 2.3 times more enhanced driving force as compared to the water confinement. A proof of performance is demonstrated for using gel-type material for generating propulsion, and material characterization for optimal thrust performance is presented. (orig.)

  17. Analysis of large solid propellant rocket engine exhaust plumes using the direct simulation Monte Carlo method

    Hueser, J. E.; Brock, F. J.; Melfi, L. T., Jr.; Bird, G. A.


    A new solution procedure has been developed to analyze the flowfield properties in the vicinity of the Inertial Upper Stage/Spacecraft during the 1st stage (SRMI) burn. Continuum methods are used to compute the nozzle flow and the exhaust plume flowfield as far as the boundary where the breakdown of translational equilibrium leaves these methods invalid. The Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) method is applied everywhere beyond this breakdown boundary. The flowfield distributions of density, velocity, temperature, relative abundance, surface flux density, and pressure are discussed for each species for 2 sets of boundary conditions: vacuum and freestream. The interaction of the exhaust plume and the freestream with the spacecraft and the 2-stream direct interaction are discussed. The results show that the low density, high velocity, counter flowing free-stream substantially modifies the flowfield properties and the flux density incident on the spacecraft. A freestream bow shock is observed in the data, located forward of the high density region of the exhaust plume into which the freestream gas does not penetrate. The total flux density incident on the spacecraft, integrated over the SRM1 burn interval is estimated to be of the order of 10 to the 22nd per sq m (about 1000 atomic layers).

  18. Asbestos Free Insulation Development for the Space Shuttle Solid Propellant Rocket Motor (RSRM)

    Allred, Larry D.; Eddy, Norman F.; McCool, A. A. (Technical Monitor)


    Asbestos has been used for many years as an ablation inhibitor in insulating materials. It has been a constituent of the AS/NBR insulation used to protect the steel case of the RSRM (Reusable Solid Rocket Motor) since its inception. This paper discusses the development of a potential replacement RSRM insulation design, several of the numerous design issues that were worked and processing problems that were resolved. The earlier design demonstration on FSM-5 (Flight Support Motor) of the selected 7% and 11% Kevlar(registered) filled EPDM (KF/EPDM) candidate materials was expanded. Full-scale process simulation articles were built and FSM-8 was manufactured using multiple Asbestos Free (AF) components and materials. Two major problems had to be overcome in developing the AF design. First, bondline corrosion, which occurred in the double-cured region of the aft dome, had to be eliminated. Second, KF/EPDM creates high levels of electrostatic energy (ESE), which does not readily dissipate from the insulation surface. An uncontrolled electrostatic discharge (ESD) of this surface energy during many phases of production could create serious safety hazards. Numerous processing changes were implemented and a conductive paint was developed to prevent exposed external insulation surfaces from generating ESE/ESD. Additionally, special internal instrumentation was incorporated into FSM-8 to record real-time internal motor environment data. These data included inhibitor insulation erosion rates and internal thermal environments. The FSM-8 static test was successfully conducted in February 2000 and much valuable data were obtained to characterize the AF insulation design.

  19. Effects of Oxidizer Particle Size on Composite Solid Propellant Burning: Normal Burning, Plateau Burning and Intermediate Pressure Extinction


    butadiene Acrylic Acid Propellants 14 10 807 AP + 20% PBAA Data Plotted as (p/r) vs (p2/3) 14 11 DB and CMDB Propellant Data Plotted as (p/r) vs (p2/3...1.2% stabilizer causes a striking differ- ) ence in its burning behavior. This composite-modified double-base ( CMDB ) pro- pellant burns like a normal...dominated by a granular diffusion flame mechanism. It is to be noted that since the binder in a CMDB propellant is itself a monopropellant, there is no

  20. Integration of a municipal solid waste gasification plant with solid oxide fuel cell and gas turbine

    Bellomare, Filippo; Rokni, Masoud


    An interesting source of producing energy with low pollutants emission and reduced environmental impact are the biomasses; particularly using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as fuel, can be a competitive solution not only to produce energy with negligible costs but also to decrease the storage...... in landfills. A Municipal Solid Waste Gasification Plant Integrated with Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Gas Turbine (GT) has been studied and the plant is called IGSG (Integrated Gasification SOFC and GT). Gasification plant is fed by MSW to produce syngas by which the anode side of an SOFC is fed wherein...

  1. High temperature propellant development

    Anderson, F. A.


    It is reported that the neccessary technology has been developed and demonstrated for the manufacture of heat-sterilizable solid propellants which meet specific ballistic goals. It is shown that: (1) phosphate doping of ammonium perchlorate significantly enhances the thermal stability of the substance; (2) grinding the ammonium perchlorate to reduce particle size further increases thermal stability; and (3) unsaturated polymers such as the polybutadienes can be successfully used in a heat-sterilizable propellant system. Among the topics considered by the study are oxidizers, dopants, binders, and the thermal cycling of 70 lb and 600 lb propellant grains.


    幡手, 泰雄; 野村, 博; 碇, 醇; ハタテ, ヤスオ; ノムラ, ヒロシ; イカリ, アツシ; HATATE, Yasuo; Nomura, Hiroshi; IKARI, Atsushi


    It is significant to know the hydrodynamic characteristics of the system in the design and scale-up of reactors containing gas-liquid-solid particles system. As a fundamental study of such a three-phase flow, the gas holdup and the pressure drop were measured in the vertical tubes, through which various mixtures of air, water, and fine glass-sphere, particles were passed. Three kinds of glass particles were used the average sizes of which were 30, 60 and 90 μm. Two kinds of tubes, 15 an...


    Ning Yang; Wei Wang; Wei Ge; Jinghai Li


    @@ Introduction Gas-solid two-phase flow is often encountered in chemical reactors for the process industry. For industrial users, design, scale-up, control and optimization for these reactors require a good understanding of the hydrodynamics of gas-solid two-phase flow. For researchers, exploration and prediction of the complex phenomena call for a good comprehension of the heterogeneous structure and of the dominant mechanisms of gas-solid and solid-solid interactions.

  4. Sol-gel multicapillary columns for gas-solid chromatography.

    Sidelnikov, Vladimir N; Patrushev, Yuri V; Belov, Yuri P


    In this work, we report the method for the preparation of multicapillary columns (MCCs) for gas-solid chromatography. The porous layer adsorbent is formed on capillary walls by the hydrolysis of aluminum alkoxide in the presence of polypropylene glycol (PPG) and HCl. Porosity and selectivity of the adsorbent depend on reaction conditions and the concentration of PPG. Sol-gel MCCs are well suited for high-speed chromatographic analysis of light hydrocarbons by gas-solid chromatography. Nine-component mixtures of C1-C4 hydrocarbons are separated within 8-12 s. The efficiency of 25-30 cm long alumina sol-gel MCCs consisting of approximately 1400 capillaries of 40 microm diameter is up to 2500-3000 theoretical plates.

  5. Experimental investigations of solid-state-fermentation in gas/solid fluidized bed. Experimentelle Untersuchungen zur Solid-State-Fermentation in der Gas/Feststoff-Wirbelschicht

    Behns, W. (FZB Biotechnik GmbH, Berlin (Germany)); Ebenau, B. (FZB Biotechnik GmbH, Berlin (Germany)); Friedrich, K. (Technische Univ. Magdeburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Apparate- und Umwelttechnik); Grau, W. (Technische Univ. Magdeburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Apparate- und Umwelttechnik); Haida, H. (Technische Univ. Magdeburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Apparate- und Umwelttechnik); Kuenne, H.J. (Magdeburger Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH, Magdeburg (Germany)); Lakowitz, R. (Technische Univ. Magdeburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Apparate- und Umwelttechnik)


    Solid-state fermentations in gas-fluidized beds promise on principle advantages in comparison with the liquid-phase-culture. Problems concerning the technical processing follow from milieu conditions and heat and mass transfer. The set of problems was investigated in five series of experiments on different yeasts. To obtain optimal conditions for biomass growth and/or product formation controlling of air and solid moisture content and avoiding of agglomeration have to be governed. (orig.)

  6. Mobius propeller

    Leonid I. Gretchihin


    Full Text Available The article gives a detailed molecular-kinetic theory of the Mobius propeller functioning and shows the implementation of its computer modelling in different exploitation conditions. The mechanisation of the Mobius propeller can be carried out in such a way that, under certain conditions, it enables using this type of propellers as a heat pump. The developed theory of the Mobius propeller functioning has been experimentally verified in laboratory conditions.

  7. Numerical simulation of mesoscopic damage morphology of composite solid propellants%复合固体推进剂细观损伤形貌数值模拟

    职世君; 张建伟; 张泽远


    To better simulate the process that mesoscopic damage evolves into macro cracks of solid propellants and the effect of this process on the nonlinear mechanical properties of composite solid propellants, the molecular dynamics method was adopted to create particle packing models of solid propellants. Based on the surface-based cohesive approach, interfacial damages between par-ticles and the bind are created. The finite element method was adopted to compute the packing models with damage and the effect of solid content and interfacial damage on mesoscopic damage morphology and mechanical properties of solid propellant has been re-searched by comparing the numerical simulation results. The results show that interfacial damage always gathers among a few parti-cles when the solid content is low. With the increasing of solid content, particles involved in the process of interfacial damage aggre-gation increase more and more. The nonlinear mechanical properties of composite solid propellants, which are affected greatly by in-terfacial damage between particles and the binder, can not be ignored.%为准确模拟固含量不同时复合固体推进剂细观损伤产生、演化、聚合至宏观裂纹形成的过程,及该过程对复合固体推进剂非线性力学性能的影响,采用分子动力学方法建立了复合固体推进剂颗粒夹杂模型,根据Surface-based cohesive方法,在AP颗粒与基体之间的界面处设置接触损伤。利用有限元法,对含损伤颗粒夹杂模型进行计算,通过对比数值仿真结果,研究了固含量及界面损伤对复合固体推进剂细观损伤形貌及宏观力学性能的影响。结果表明,当固含量较低时,颗粒与基体之间界面损伤的聚合往往发生在少部分颗粒之间,随固含量增大,参与界面损伤聚合的颗粒逐渐增多,形成的宏观裂纹越来越明显;颗粒与基体之间的界面损伤,对复合固体推进剂非线性力学性能影响较大,不可忽略。

  8. Dual gas-solid reactions with converse vector in ferrous metallurgy and its character

    WANG Qi; LI Wenzhong; JIANG Maofa; MA Xingya; ZHENG Hongxia


    A concept of dual gas-solid reactions with the converse vector that simultaneously take place inside the pellet and between the gas and pellet has been put forward. Two parameters used for describing the character of dual gas-solid reactions are found out and verified by the reduction experiment of the pellet containing carbon in CO2 atmosphere. Of the parameters, critical rate of dual gas-solid reactions with converse vector is used to express minimum rate of gas-solid reaction inside the pellet, which is able to make reaction between gas and pellet halt. This rate can be measured and calculated. Diffusion coefficient of dual gas-solid reaction with converse vector disturbed by the gas expelled from inside the pellet can also be calculated by the critical rate and reaction rate of gas-solid inside the pellet.

  9. A New Method for the Measurement of Gas Holdup in Solid-Suspended Bubble Columns

    "宮原, 敏郎; ミヤハラ, トシロウ"; Toshiro, "Miyahara


    A method for the measurement for gas holdup in gas-liquid-solid multiphase devices is developed. The method depends on measurements of hydrostatic pressuress in the three-phase dispersion followed by interruption of gas flow and solids and liquid holdups without gas flow.

  10. Investigation of the role of aziridine bonding agents on the aging of the composite solid rocket propellant(CSRP)

    Amged A Ali; ZHANG Jian-wei; CAI Guo-biao


    The role of bonding agents on the aging characteristics is one of the important research topics.Aging program of the prepared propellant samples was conducting as follows:Five samples,two free of bonding agents,and three containing an aziridine based bonding agents (MAPO,HX-752,MAT4),four samples based on different bonding and curing agents all were aged at 70℃.The prepared bonding agent"MAT4"gave remarkable improvements and resulted in highly stable mechanical properties comparing with HX-752 or MAPO.The selected bonding agents family inhibited the rate of decomposition of the propellants during the aging periods and supported the propellant matrix against decomposition at the elevated temperatures.

  11. Enantioselective synthesis of aziridines using asymmetric transfer hydrogenation as a precursor for chiral derivatives used as bonding agent for rocket solid propellants

    Aparecida M. Kawamoto


    Full Text Available A rapid, expedient and enantioselective method for the synthesis of beta-hydroxy amines and monosubstituted aziridines in up to 99% e.e., via asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of a-amino ketones and cyclisation through treatment with tosyl chloride and base, is described. (1R,2R-N-(para-toluenesulfonyl-1,2-ethylenediamine with formic acid has been utilised as a ligand for the Ruthenium (II catalysed enantioselective transfer hydrogenation of the ketones.The chiral 2-methyl aziridine, which is a potentially more efficient bonding agent for Rocket Solid Propellant has been successfully achieved.

  12. Slurried solid media for simultaneous water purification and carbon dioxide removal from gas mixtures

    Aines, Roger D.; Bourcier, William L.; Viani, Brian


    A slurried solid media for simultaneous water purification and carbon dioxide removal from gas mixtures includes the steps of dissolving the gas mixture and carbon dioxide in water providing a gas, carbon dioxide, water mixture; adding a porous solid media to the gas, carbon dioxide, water mixture forming a slurry of gas, carbon dioxide, water, and porous solid media; heating the slurry of gas, carbon dioxide, water, and porous solid media producing steam; and cooling the steam to produce purified water and carbon dioxide.

  13. Slurried solid media for simultaneous water purification and carbon dioxide removal from gas mixtures

    Aines, Roger D.; Bourcier, William L.; Viani, Brian


    A slurried solid media for simultaneous water purification and carbon dioxide removal from gas mixtures includes the steps of dissolving the gas mixture and carbon dioxide in water providing a gas, carbon dioxide, water mixture; adding a porous solid media to the gas, carbon dioxide, water mixture forming a slurry of gas, carbon dioxide, water, and porous solid media; heating the slurry of gas, carbon dioxide, water, and porous solid media producing steam; and cooling the steam to produce purified water and carbon dioxide.

  14. Heat transfer problems in gas-cooled solid blankets

    Fillo, J.A.; Powell, J.R.


    In all fusion reactors using the deuterium-tritium fuel cycle, a large fraction approximately 80 percent of the fusion energy will be released as approximately 14 MeV neutrons which must be slowed down in a relatively thick blanket surrounding the plasma, thereby, converting their kinetic energy to high temperature heat which can be continuously removed by a coolant stream and converted in part to electricity in a conventional power turbine. Because of the primary goal of achieving minimum radioactivity, to date Brookhaven blanket concepts have been restricted to the use of some form of solid lithium, with inert gas-cooling and in some design cases, water-cooling of the shell structure. Aluminum and graphite have been identified as very promising structural materials for fusion blankets, and conceptual designs based on these materials have been made. Depending on the thermal loading on the ''first'' wall which surrounds the plasma as well as blanket design, heat transfer problems may be noticeably different in gas-cooled solid blankets. Approaches to solution of heat removal problems as well as explanation of: (a) the after-heat problems in blankets; (b) tritium breeding in solids; and (c) materials selection for radiation shields relative to the minimum activity blanket efforts at Brookhaven are discussed.

  15. Theory for Indirect Conduction in Dense, Gas-Solid Systems

    Lattanzi, Aaron; Hrenya, Christine


    Heat transfer in dense gas-solid systems is dominated by conduction, and critical to the operation of rotary-kilns, catalytic cracking, and heat exchangers with solid particles as the heat transfer fluid. In particular, the indirect conduction occurring between two bodies separated by a thin layer of fluid can significantly impact the heat transfer within gas-solid systems. Current state-of-the-art models for indirect conduction assume that particles are surrounded by a static "fluid lens" and that one-dimensional conduction occurs through the fluid lens when the lens overlaps another body. However, attempts to evaluate the effect of surface roughness and fluid lens thickness (theoretical inputs) on indirect conduction have been restricted to static, single-particle cases. By contrast, here we quantify these effects for dynamic, multi-particle systems. This analysis is compared to outputs from computational fluid dynamics and discrete element method (CFD-DEM) simulations of heat transfer in a packed bed and flow down a heated ramp. Analytical predictions for model sensitivity are found to be in agreement with simulation results and differ greatly from the static, single-particle analysis. Namely, indirect conduction in static systems is found to be most sensitive to surface roughness, while dynamic systems are sensitive to the fluid lens thickness.

  16. Modification of starch by reaction with ethylene oxide in liquid-solid and gas-solid reactors

    Warners, Anne van


    The hydroxyethylation of starch in a gas-solid system has been compared economically with a slurry process with recycle of ethylene oxide. The estimated production costs with the gas-solid process turn out to be lower than the estimated costs resulting from the slurry process. The main causes for

  17. Statistical thermodynamics of aerosols and the gas-solid Joule-Thomson effect

    Pierotti, Robert A.; Rybolt, Thomas R.


    Due to the adsorption of a gas by a solid, it is expected that an aerosol created by dispersing a fine powder in a gas would have unique thermodynamic properties not found in pure or mixed gases. The virial equation of state associated with an aerosol dusty gas is obtained from statistical thermodynamic considerations. In the theoretical model presented here, the aerosol is considered to be a two component fluid made up of solid particles and gas molecules. The aerosol virial equation of state is used to derive an expression for the Joule-Thomson effect associated with a gas-solid dispersion. The magnitude of the gas-solid Joule-Thomson effect is expressed in terms of gas and gas-solid virial coefficients. Previous adsorption data for an argon-porous carbon system is used to obtain gas-solid virial coefficients and to predict the magnitude of the gas-solid Joule-Thomson effect. A significant enhancement of the Joule-Thomson effect is predicted for gas-solid systems which display a strong interaction. For example, at a temperature of 300 K an argon-Saran 746 porous carbon aerosol system at a concentration of (0.4 g of powder/l of gas) is predicted to have a gas-solid Joule-Thomson coefficient of 3.6 K/atm which is ten times greater than the effect for pure argon.

  18. Experimental and Modeling Studies of Plasma Injection by an Electrothermal Igniter Into a Solid Propellant Gun Charge


    transparent acrylic that allows cinematography of plasma flows and ignition events along the propellant bed. The chamber can withstand pressures up to ~13...formal averaging technique applied to the microscopic flow. These equations require a number of constitutive laws for closure including state equations

  19. Experimental determination of the admittances of aluminized propellants by the impedance tube method

    Baum, J. D.; Daniel, B. R.; Zinn, B. T.


    The adaptation of the impedance tube concept for the determination of the pressure coupled admittances and response functions of burning solid propellants is discussed. The results obtained in experiments with UTP-3001 and UTP-19360 aluminized propellants are presented. It is shown that the admittance Y remains constant during the quasi-steady burn period of a test, indicating constant driving of the gas phase disturbance by the burning solid propellant. The measured real part of the admittance is positive, indicating that the burning aluminized propellant is driving the gas phase oscillations. In addition, the measured high gas phase damping, provided by the aluminum oxide particles in the gas phase, suggests that the latter can significantly increase the damping in unstable solid rockets over the investigated frequency range. Finally, it is shown that the wave structure obtained by numerically solving the impedance tube wave equations which utilize the determined propellant admittance as an initial condition and the determined value of G to describe the gas phase losses is in excellent agreement with the measured wave structure.

  20. The equivalent electrical permittivity of gas-solid mixtures at intermediate solid volume fractions.

    Torczynski, John Robert; Ceccio, Steven Louis; Tortora, Paul Richard


    Several mixture models are evaluated for their suitability in predicting the equivalent permittivity of dielectric particles in a dielectric medium for intermediate solid volume fractions (0.4 to 0.6). Predictions of the Maxwell, Rayleigh, Bottcher and Bruggeman models are compared to computational simulations of several arrangements of solid particles in a gas and to the experimentally determined permittivity of a static particle bed. The experiment uses spherical glass beads in air, so air and glass permittivity values (1 and 7, respectively) are used with all of the models and simulations. The experimental system used to measure the permittivity of the static particle bed and its calibration are described. The Rayleigh model is found to be suitable for predicting permittivity over the entire range of solid volume fractions (0-0.6).

  1. Modelling of composite propellant properties

    Keizers, H.L.J.; Hordijk, A.C.; Vliet, L.D. van; Bouquet, F.


    State-of-the-art composite propellants are based on solid particles (AP, Aluminium) in a polymeric HTPB based binder system. The usability of a propellant for a particular application is dependent on a large number of properties. These different properties sometimes result in contradictory requireme

  2. Vacuum testing of a micropropulsion system based on solid propellant cool gas generators

    Migliaccio, A.; Zandbergen, B.T.C.; Tata Nardini, F.T.; Louwerse, M.C.


    The number of micro and nano satellite projects is expanding. Main focus is on providing these small satellites with the same capabilities as today's larger satellites. In the field of propulsion, efforts are on miniaturization of the on-board propulsion system. This though presents major challenges

  3. Vacuum testing of a micropropulsion system based on solid propellant cool gas generators

    Migliaccio, A.; Zandbergen, B.T.C.; Nardini, F.T.; Louwerse, M.C.


    The number of micro and nano satellite projects is expanding. Main focus is on providing these small satellites with the same capabilities as today's larger satellites. In the field of propulsion, efforts are on miniaturization of the on-board propulsion system. This though presents major challenges

  4. Hot Gas TVC For Planetary Ascent Vehicle Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A Mars ascent vehicle (MAV) uses solid rocket motors to propel soil samples into orbit, but the motors cannot provide steering. Cold gas thrusters are used for...

  5. PVB基高固体含量推进剂胶片的力学性能%Mechanical Properties of PVB-based High Solid Content Propellant Films

    尚帆; 王江宁; 宋秀铎; 郑伟


    The polyvinyl butyral (PVB)-based propellant films containing 78% CaCO3 were prepared by rolling process of light roller.The effects of PVB with different relative molecular mass and 1 1 kinds of liquid paraffins with different content of alcohols,acids and esters on the mechanical properties of propellant films were analyzed by means of statics mechanical test.The section morphology of the propellant films was observed by SEM.Results show that when PVB with relative molecular mass of 40 000 as an adhesive and liquid paraffin containing 5% alcohol as processing assistant are used,the internal structure of the propellant films is dense,the mechanical properties of propellant films are the best,with the low temperature tensile elongation of 2.97% and the high temperature tensile stress of 3.55 MPa.The rolling process of light roller is safe and stable for preparation of the PVB-based high solid content propellant when CaCO3 is substituted by RDX.The tensile stress and tensile elongation of propellant contai-ning RDX with particle size of 43.25μm are 45% and 17% higher than those of propellant containing RDX with par-ticle size of 21.02μm.%采用光辊压延工艺制备了含质量分数78%碳酸钙(CaCO3)的聚乙烯醇缩丁醛(PVB)基推进剂胶片。通过静态力学试验分析了不同相对分子质量PVB和11种液体石蜡对推进剂胶片力学性能的影响,用扫描电镜观察了推进剂胶片的剖片形貌。结果表明,以相对分子质量为40000的PVB作黏合剂、醇质量分数为5%的液体石蜡作工艺助剂时,推进剂胶片内部结构致密,力学性能最佳,低温延伸率为2.97%,高温拉伸强度为3.55 MPa。用黑索今(RDX)全部替代CaCO3时,可安全稳定地制备 PVB 基高固体含量推进剂。含43.25μm RDX 的推进剂比含21.02μm RDX的推进剂的拉伸强度及延伸率分别高45%和17%。


    Hsiaotao Bi; Aihua Chen


    Pressure fluctuation data measured in a series of fluidized beds with diameters of 0.05, 0.1, 0.29, 0.60 and 1.56 m showed that the maximum amplitude or standard deviation increased with increasing the superficial gas velocity and static bed height for relatively shallow beds and became insensitive to the increase in static bed height in relatively deep beds. The amplitude appeared to be less dependent on the measurement location in the dense bed. Predictions based on bubble passage, bubble eruption at the upper bed surface and bed oscillation all failed to explain all observed trends and underestimated the amplitude of pressure fluctuations, suggesting that the global pressure fluctuations in gas-solids bubbling fluidized beds are the superposition of local pressure variations, bed oscillations and pressure waves generated from the bubble formation in the distributor region, bubble coalescence during their rise and bubble eruption at the upper bed surface.

  7. Technology Method Design of Assembly and Testing for Solid Propellant Rocket Engine of Aviation Seat%航空座椅固体火箭发动机装配及检测工艺技术设计



    本文对航空座椅某型固体火箭发动机部装、总装及检测、试验、包装技术难点等进行了工艺分析;介绍了固体火箭发动机装配全过程工艺流程、检测、试验方法及注意事项等,对于同类及新型火箭发动机的装配制造过程具有良好的借鉴、推广应用意义。%Aiming at the difficulty of solid propellant rocket engine of aviation seat to assembly, testing and packaging technology, the assembly, testing process and method for solid propellant rocket engine were introduced. It can be regarded as reference with application for solid propellant rocket engine assembly process.


    W.L. Lundberg; G.A. Israelson; R.R. Moritz(Rolls-Royce Allison); S.E. Veyo; R.A. Holmes; P.R. Zafred; J.E. King; R.E. Kothmann (Consultant)


    Power systems based on the simplest direct integration of a pressurized solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) generator and a gas turbine (GT) are capable of converting natural gas fuel energy to electric power with efficiencies of approximately 60% (net AC/LHV), and more complex SOFC and gas turbine arrangements can be devised for achieving even higher efficiencies. The results of a project are discussed that focused on the development of a conceptual design for a pressurized SOFC/GT power system that was intended to generate 20 MWe with at least 70% efficiency. The power system operates baseloaded in a distributed-generation application. To achieve high efficiency, the system integrates an intercooled, recuperated, reheated gas turbine with two SOFC generator stages--one operating at high pressure, and generating power, as well as providing all heat needed by the high-pressure turbine, while the second SOFC generator operates at a lower pressure, generates power, and provides all heat for the low-pressure reheat turbine. The system cycle is described, major system components are sized, the system installed-cost is estimated, and the physical arrangement of system components is discussed. Estimates of system power output, efficiency, and emissions at the design point are also presented, and the system cost of electricity estimate is developed.

  9. Quantitative, three-dimensional imaging of aluminum drop combustion in solid propellant plumes via digital in-line holography.

    Guildenbecher, Daniel R; Cooper, Marcia A; Gill, Walter; Stauffacher, Howard Lee; Oliver, Michael S; Grasser, Thomas W


    Burning aluminized propellants eject reacting molten aluminum drops with a broad size distribution. Prior to this work, in situ measurement of the drop size statistics and other quantitative flow properties was complicated by the narrow depth-of-focus of microscopic videography. Here, digital in-line holography (DIH) is demonstrated for quantitative volumetric imaging of the propellant plume. For the first time, to the best of our knowledge, in-focus features, including burning surfaces, drop morphologies, and reaction zones, are automatically measured through a depth spanning many millimeters. By quantifying all drops within the line of sight, DIH provides an order of magnitude increase in the effective data rate compared to traditional imaging. This enables rapid quantification of the drop size distribution with limited experimental repetition.

  10. Numerical Analysis on the Thermal Safety of Solid Rocket Motor Propellant%固体发动机装药热安全性数值分析

    刘文一; 焦冀光


    Objective To investigate the safety of solid rocket motor(SRM)when it was cook-off. Methods Finite element model of solid SRM was established, and the temperature distribution and the explosion delay time of propellant in fast cook-off mode and slow cook- off mode were computed. Results Propellant reached its critical temperature (352 ℃) after 47 h slow cook-off, while it reached its critical temperature (355 ℃) after 697 s fast cook-off. Conclusion It was proven that the thermal diffusivity in fast cook-off mode was greater than that in slow cook-off mode, while the temperature gradient had an opposite trend. The reaction position of propellant was different in the two different working modes when it reached critical temperature, and the thermal storage capacity of propellant was dependent on its thickness.%目的:研究固体火箭发动机遭受火烤时的安全性。方法建立发动机有限元模型,计算推进剂在慢速烤燃和快速烤燃工况下的温度分布和爆炸延迟时间。结果推进剂慢烤47 h后达到临界温度,其值为352℃;快烤推进剂加热697 s后达到临界温度,临界温度为355℃。结论推进剂在快速烤燃模式下的热扩散速率大于慢速烤燃工况下,但是温度梯度则相反。两种工况下推进剂达到临界温度后开始反应的位置不同,推进剂厚度决定了其储热能力。

  11. Disposal of Liquid Propellants


    SYNTHESIS OF LIQUID PROPELLANT Hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN), prepared via the electrolysis of nitric acid, is commercially available as a high-purity...stack gases, and brine solution from the wet scrubber (82). 5 Applicability/Limitation Most types of solid, liquid, and gaseous organic wastes or

  12. Modified lattice-gas model for the gas-liquid-solid phase diagram

    Imry, Yoseph; Schwartz, Moshe


    Crystalline order parameters related to the localization of the particles within the cells are introduced into the usual lattice-gas model. The coupling of these order parameters to the usual liquid-gas transition is shown to produce, in the simplest approximation, phase diagrams of qualitatively correct shapes. The Goldstone modes of the solid are retained in this picture. The Landau theory of melting is reviewed and shown to always lead to a first-order solid-fluid transition. The question of the possibility of the transition becoming second order due to fluctuations is discussed qualitatively. This possibility is shown to depend on the relative sizes of the first-order transition and the critical region of the fluctuations.

  13. Gas-solid flow field numerical simulation of different feeding and returning formations of flue-gas circulating fluidized bed

    WANG Hu


    3D Euler double-fluid model was applied and three different feedstocks and reverts formations were simulated.By calculating and analyzing the state of gas and solid fluxion in absorber using three different methods of the feedstocks and reverts in recirculating fluidized bed,described the behavior of gas and solid through the gas-phase velocity,turbulence intensity,gas-solid sliding velocity,and density of particles.The results show that the feedstocks and reverts enters into absorption tower through two symmetrical feedings and are mixed with flue gas.Based on the respective analysis of each model and the comparison analysis of the three models,this paper drew conclusions.The turbulence intensity of absorption tower is high,gas-solid sliding speed is big,and granule concentration near the axis is high,which has advantages for desulfurization and improving the utilization rate of absorbent.

  14. Ammonium nitrate: a promising rocket propellant oxidizer

    Oommen; Jain


    Ammonium nitrate (AN) is extensively used in the area of fertilizers and explosives. It is present as the major component in most industrial explosives. Its use as an oxidizer in the area of propellants, however, is not as extensive as in explosive compositions or gas generators. With the growing demand for environmental friendly chlorine free propellants, many attempts have been made of late to investigate oxidizers producing innocuous combustion products. AN, unlike the widely used ammonium perchlorate, produces completely ecofriendly smokeless products. Besides, it is one of the cheapest and easily available compounds. However, its use in large rocket motors is restricted due to some of its adverse characteristics like hygroscopicity, near room temperature phase transformation involving a volume change, and low burning rate (BR) and energetics. The review is an attempt to consolidate the information available on the various issues pertaining to its use as a solid propellant oxidizer. Detailed discussions on the aspects relating to phase modifications, decomposition chemistry, and BR and energetics of AN-based propellants, are presented. To make the review more comprehensive brief descriptions of the history, manufacture, safety, physical and chemical properties and various other applications of the salt are also included. Copyright 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

  15. Integrated model of a composite propellant rocket

    Miccio, Francesco


    The combustion of composite solid propellants was investigated and an available numerical model was improved for taking into account the change of pressure, when the process occurs in a confined environment, as inside a rocket. The pressure increase upon ignition is correctly described by the improved model for both sandwich and dispersed particles propellants. In the latter case, self-induced fluctuations in the pressure and in all other computed variables occur, as consequence of the periodic rise and depletion of oxidizer particles from the binder matrix. The comparison with the results of the constant pressure model shows a different fluctuating profile of gas velocity, with a possible second order effect induced by the pressure fluctuations.

  16. Heat Transfer Enhancement by Fluidized Solid Particles in Gas Carrying Evaporation

    于志家; 孙成新; 孙相彧; 刘展红


    Heat transfer characteristics are studied for gas carrying evaporation with fluidized solid particles in a vertical rectangular conduit. Experimental results show that heat transfer of gas carrying evaporation is enhanced and the superheat of liquid in contact with heating surface lowers remarkably by introducing solid particles. Nucleate boiling on the heating surface is suppressed to a considerable degree. The mechanism of heat transfer enhancement by fluidized solid particles is analyzed with the consideration of collisions of solid particles with the boiling vapor bubbles.

  17. Gas-solid coupling analysis and numerical simulation of the dynamic process of gas drainage

    Kai WANG; Bo LI; Jian-Ping WEI; Peng LI


    Based on the basic theory of gas seepage and coal seam deformation,using the numerical simulation method,this paper established the gas-solid coupling model of gas drainage from borehole.Using multi-physical coupling analysis software,the authors studied the stress change conditions around the drainage borehole,the influence of the gas drainage effect caused by the drilling gap,and the gas drainage effect under the conditions of different borehole radius and different permeabilities.The results show that the effective drainage radius is 1.03 m during 30 days of drainage.The effect of the diameter change of the drainage borehole is limited,but the influence of coal seam permeability is much bigger.After the same drainage period,the greater the permeability of coal seam is,the bigger the drainage radius is.For a low permeability coal seam,coal miners should take pressure-relief measures and increase the permeability to improve the drainage effects before draining gas through drilling.

  18. Axial Liquid Dispersion in Gas-Liquid-Solid Circulating Fluidized Bed

    M.Vatanakul; 孙国刚; 郑莹; M.Couturier


    The effects of liquid viscosities, solid circulating rates, liquid and gas velocities and phase holdups on the axial dispersion coefficient, Dax, were investigated in a gas-liquid-solid circulating fluidized bed (GLSCFB).Liquid viscosity promotes the axial liquid backmixing when solid particles and gas bubbles are present. Increases in gas velocities and solid circulating rates lead to higher Dax. The effects of liquid velocity on Dax are associated with liquid viscosity. Compared with conventional expanded beds, the GLSCFBs hold less axial liquid dispersion,approaching ideal plug-flow reactors.

  19. Simulating confined swirling gas-solid two phase jet

    金晗辉; 夏钧; 樊建人; 岑可法


    A k-ε-kp multi-fluid model was used to simulate confined swirling gas-solid two phase jet comprised of particle-laden flow from a center tube and a swirling air stream entering the test section from the coaxial annular. After considering the drag force between the two phases and gravity, a series of numerical simulations of the two-phase flow of 30μm, 45μm, 60μm diameter particles were performed on a x×r=50×50 mesh grid respectively. The results showed that the k-ε-kp multi-fluid model can be applied to predict moderate swirling multi-phase flow. When the particle diameter is large, the collision of the particles with the wall will influence the prediction accuracy. The bigger the diameter of the particles, the stronger the collision with the wall, and the more obvious the difference between measured and calculated results.



  1. Numerical Analysis of Ice Impacts on Azimuth Propeller


    propeller for ice operation ships. A typical propeller profile was created using MATLAB and modeled in SolidWorks using realistic material properties...for ice operation ships. A typical propeller profile was created using MATLAB and modeled in SolidWorks using realistic material properties. The...OPENPROP in MATLAB The program allows for the 3-D graphical propeller design created in MATLAB to be exported to CAD programs such as Rhino or SolidWorks

  2. Study of Solid Particle Behavior in High Temperature Gas Flows

    Majid, A.; Bauder, U.; Stindl, T.; Fertig, M.; Herdrich, G.; Röser, H.-P.


    The Euler-Lagrangian approach is used for the simulation of solid particles in hypersonic entry flows. For flow field simulation, the program SINA (Sequential Iterative Non-equilibrium Algorithm) developed at the Institut für Raumfahrtsysteme is used. The model for the effect of the carrier gas on a particle includes drag force and particle heating only. Other parameters like lift Magnus force or damping torque are not taken into account so far. The reverse effect of the particle phase on the gaseous phase is currently neglected. Parametric analysis is done regarding the impact of variation in the physical input conditions like position, velocity, size and material of the particle. Convective heat fluxes onto the surface of the particle and its radiative cooling are discussed. The variation of particle temperature under different conditions is presented. The influence of various input conditions on the trajectory is explained. A semi empirical model for the particle wall interaction is also discussed and the influence of the wall on the particle trajectory with different particle conditions is presented. The heat fluxes onto the wall due to impingement of particles are also computed and compared with the heat fluxes from the gas.

  3. Hybrids - Best of both worlds. [liquid and solid propellants mated for safe reliable and low cost launch vehicles

    Goldberg, Ben E.; Wiley, Dan R.


    An overview is presented of hybrid rocket propulsion systems whereby combining solids and liquids for launch vehicles could produce a safe, reliable, and low-cost product. The primary subsystems of a hybrid system consist of the oxidizer tank and feed system, an injector system, a solid fuel grain enclosed in a pressure vessel case, a mixing chamber, and a nozzle. The hybrid rocket has an inert grain, which reduces costs of development, transportation, manufacturing, and launch by avoiding many safety measures that must be taken when operating with solids. Other than their use in launch vehicles, hybrids are excellent for simulating the exhaust of solid rocket motors for material development.

  4. Temperature Detection and Control Technology Research of Solid Propellant in the Process of Rolling Plasticizing%固体推进剂压延塑化温度检测与控制技术研究∗

    李龙; 郭效德; 李凤生; 石玉银


    针对固体推进剂在压延塑化过程中温度过高而容易引起的燃爆问题,提出了远红外测温与喷雾降温。通过试验得出,当药料的温度超过设定值时,经喷雾降温后,药料的温度降低了3~5℃,有效提高了固体推进剂在压延塑化过程中的安全性。在此基础上,研究了在压延塑化过程中,影响药料温度变化的有关因素,得出了结论:随着工作辊转速、工作辊退水温度、压延塑化遍数和硝化棉含量的增加,药料的温度随之升高;随着硝化甘油含量的增加,药料的温度随之降低。%In view of the high temperature and being easy to cause combustion and explosion of solid propellant in the process of rolling plasticizing,the method of far infrared temperature measurement and spray cooling is put forward,it is concluded through experiments that,when the temperature of solid propellant exceeds the set value,then after the spray cooling,the temperature of solid propellant reduces 3 - 5 ℃,it improves the security of solid propellant in the process of rolling plasticizing effectively.On the basis of this,the effect factors of the solid propellant temperature have been re-searched during the processing of rolling plasticizing.It is concluded that as the increase of work roll speed,the work roll returning water temperature,the number of rolling plasticizing,and the content of nitrocellulose(NC),the temperature of solid propellant will increase,but as the increase of the content of nitroglycerine(NG),the temperature of solid propellant will decrease instead.

  5. Characterization of the flow pattern of a gas/solids flow in a downer reactor

    Lehner, P.; Wirth, K.E. [Erlangen-Nuernberg Univ., Erlangen (Germany). Lehrstuhl fuer Mechanische Verfahrenstechnik


    The downer reactor is discussed in literature as a new type of gas/solids reactor. Due to the cocurrent movement of gas and solids in direction of gravity, it is expected that a narrow residence time distribution and a flow regime close to plug flow can be established in this reactor. Recent studies show, that the gas/solids distributor on the top of the downer mainly influences the flow conditions. However, the influence of the physical properties of the solids and the plant setup on the flow behavior is still ambiguous. Therefore, experimental investigations concerning the local and cross-sectional solids distribution have been carried out under different operating conditions (variation of superficial gas velocity and solids circulation rate) and with different solids (glass beads, d{sub p}=60 {mu}m and d{sub p}=130 {mu}m). An X-ray computed tomography system has been used to obtain the solids concentration distribution in the entire cross-section at different axial positions of the downer. Pressure profiles can provide additional information about the overall behavior of the gas/solids flow. Results show a significant influence of the entrance conditions of the gas/solids flow on the flow pattern in the region below the gas/solids distributor. After a significant length, depending on solids properties and superficial gas velocity, similar flow behavior can be noticed for different entrance conditions. Superficial gas velocity not only influences the entrance length, but also the solids distribution in the entire cross-section of the downer. (orig.)

  6. A CFD study of gas-solid jet in a CFB riser flow

    Li, Tingwen; Guenther, Chris


    Three-dimensional high-resolution numerical simulations of a gas–solid jet in a high-density riser flow were conducted. The impact of gas–solid injection on the riser flow hydrodynamics was investigated with respect to voidage, tracer mass fractions, and solids velocity distribution. The behaviors of a gas–solid jet in the riser crossflow were studied through the unsteady numerical simulations. Substantial separation of the jetting gas and solids in the riser crossflow was observed. Mixing of the injected gas and solids with the riser flow was investigated and backmixing of gas and solids was evaluated. In the current numerical study, both the overall hydrodynamics of riser flow and the characteristics of gas–solid jet were reasonably predicted compared with the experimental measurements made at NETL.

  7. Solid-solid and gas-solid interactions induced during high-energy milling to produce PbTe nanopowders

    Rojas-Chavez, H., E-mail: [Instituto Tecnologico de Tlahuac - II (Mexico); Reyes-Carmona, F. [Facultad de Quimica - UNAM (Mexico); Garibay-Febles, V. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Laboratorio de Microscopia Electronica de Ultra Alta Resolucion (Mexico); Jaramillo-Vigueras, D. [Centro de Investigacion e Innovacion Tecnologica - IPN (Mexico)


    Transformations from precursors to nanoparticles by high-energy milling are promoted by two major driving forces, namely physical and/or chemical. While the former has been difficult to trace since stress, strain and recovery may occur almost simultaneously during milling, the latter has been sequentially followed as an evolution from precursors to intermediate phases and thereof to high purity nanocrystals. The specific objective of this work is to discern how solid-solid and partially solid-gas reactions manifest themselves correspondingly as a short-range diffusion through an interface or how vapor species, as a subliming phenomenon, grows as a different phase on an active local surface. These series of changes were traced by sub-cooling the as-milled powders extracted during a milling cycle. Through this experimental technique, samples were electron microscopically analyzed and where it was required, selected area electron diffraction images were obtained. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy results, unambiguously, confirm that nanocrystals in the last stage show a cubic morphology which average size distributions are around 17 nm.

  8. Accommodative Behavior of Non-porous Molecular crystal at Solid-Gas and Solid-Liquid Interface

    Mande, Hemant M.; Ghalsasi, Prasanna S.


    Molecular crystals demonstrate drastically different behavior in solid and liquid state, mainly due to their difference in structural frameworks. Therefore, designing of unique structured molecular compound which can work at both these interfaces has been a challenge. Here, we present remarkable ‘molecular’ property by non-porous molecular solid crystal, dinuclear copper complex (C6H5CH(X)NH2)2CuCl2, to reversibly ‘adsorb’ HCl gas at solid-gas interface as well as ‘accommodate’ azide anion at...

  9. Spontaneous mode-selection in the self-propelled motion of a solid/liquid composite driven by interfacial instability

    Takabatake, Fumi; Magome, Nobuyuki; Ichikawa, Masatoshi; Yoshikawa, Kenichi


    Spontaneous motion of a solid/liquid composite induced by a chemical Marangoni effect, where an oil droplet attached to a solid soap is placed on a water phase, was investigated. The composite exhibits various characteristic motions, such as revolution (orbital motion) and translational motion. The results showed that the mode of this spontaneous motion switches with a change in the size of the solid scrap. The essential features of this mode-switching were reproduced by ordinary differential equations by considering nonlinear friction with proper symmetry.


    Shi Hui-xian; Wang Qin-hui; Wang Can-xing; Luo Zhong-yang; Cen Ke-fa


    Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV) is a valuable measuring tool for studying multiphase flows, such as liquid-gas and gas-solid flow. It can be used to carry out many hydrodynamic studies, in particular, to determine accurately the gas-solid flow structure in CFB (Circulating Fluidized Beds). In this paper, the technique characteristics was described in applying the PIV to measure the gas-solid flow in circulating fluidized beds. A primary experiment was completed on a CFB unit with the PIV, yielding the velocity vector fields of high-density particles for different gas-solid superficial velocities and solid recycle rates. Velocities of the transported particles were calculated with cross-correlation method. The major factors influencing the successful measurement of particle velocity with the PIV technique were also described.

  11. Implementation of Sub-Cooling of Cryogenic Propellants by Injection of Non-condensing Gas to the Generalized Fluid Systems Simulation Program (GFSSP)

    Huggett, Daniel J.; Majumdar, Alok


    Cryogenic propellants are readily heated when used. This poses a problem for rocket engine efficiency and effective boot-strapping of the engine, as seen in the "hot" LOX (Liquid Oxygen) problem on the S-1 stage of the Saturn vehicle. In order to remedy this issue, cryogenic fluids were found to be sub-cooled by injection of a warm non-condensing gas. Experimental results show that the mechanism behind the sub-cooling is evaporative cooling. It has been shown that a sub-cooled temperature difference of approximately 13 deg F below saturation temperature [1]. The phenomenon of sub-cooling of cryogenic propellants by a non-condensing gas is not readily available with the General Fluid System Simulation Program (GFSSP) [2]. GFSSP is a thermal-fluid program used to analyze a wide variety of systems that are directly impacted by thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. In order to model this phenomenon, additional capabilities had to be added to GFSSP in the form of a FORTRAN coded sub-routine to calculate the temperature of the sub-cooled fluid. Once this was accomplished, the sub-routine was implemented to a GFSSP model that was created to replicate an experiment that was conducted to validate the GFSSP results.

  12. Current Situati on and Trend of Structure Integrity Analysis of Solid Propellant%固体推进剂结构完整性分析数值仿真的研究发展

    李冲冲; 郭颜红; 肖志平


    总结了固体推进剂结构完整性分析的研究状况,综述了结构完整性分析的手段方法,并重点介绍了数值仿真在固体推进剂结构完整性分析中的应用。阐述了推进剂粘弹性力学特性和复杂的载荷环境对数值仿真分析造成的困难,以及目前利用数值仿真分析在固体推进剂结构完整性研究中取得的成就和未来的发展趋势。%The analysis of the structure integrity of solid propellants is summarized .The methods for structure integrity analysis are reviewed, the applications of numerical simulation in the analysis of solid propellant structure integrity are introduced especially .The difficulties of numerical simulation analysis caused by the propellant mechanical properties and the complexity of load environment are explained .The achievements and the development trend in the future of using numerical simulation analysis in the study of solid propellant structure integrity are presented .

  13. Research on Dissipation Characteristic of Vibration Fatigue Damage for Composite Solid Propellant%复合固体推进剂振动疲劳损伤耗散特性研究

    王玉峰; 董可海; 曲凯; 隋玉堂; 舒安平


    The dissipation characteristic of fatigue damage for composite solid propellant was studied for evaluating the effects of vibration loading on solid propellant. The mechanical and memory characteristic of propellant was analyzed. The characteristic of fatigue damage of propellant under vibration loading was dis-cussed. The critical stress cycle number and its change law were given. The cumulative damage model based on vibration dissipated energy was set up. The results can afford available help for calculating cumu-lative damage of solid charge under vibration of road transportation and shipbone.%为考察运输过程中振动载荷对固体推进剂的影响,进行了复合固体推进剂振动疲劳损伤耗散特性研究,分析了复合固体推进剂的力学特性和记忆特性,讨论了推进剂在振动载荷作用下的疲劳损伤特征,给出了临界应力循环数及变化规律,建立了基于振动耗散能的累积损伤模型,可以计算发动机固体装药在公路运输和舰载环境下的振动累积损伤。

  14. Ignition Studies on Aluminised Propellant.

    K. A. Bhaskaran


    Full Text Available An experimental investigation on the ignition of metallised propellants (APIHTPB/AI has been carried out 10 determine the ignition delay, minimum ignition energy and corresponding heat flux,threshold heat flux for ignition and minimum ignition temperature, Ignition experiments were conductedusing a shock tube under convectiveheating conditions similar to those prevailingin a rocket motor. Heat flux at propellant location was measured by thin film heat flux gauge and also calculated from a ribbon thermocouple output under similar test conditions. The igntion delay was measured as the time lag between the arrival of hot gas at the propellant and the light emission due to actual ignition of the propellant. The experimental results indicate that the ignition delay characteristics are independent of pressure. The minimum energy for ignition obtained for the propellant is 1100J/m2 corresponding to the heat flux range of 80·120 WIcm2 for a gas velocity of 110 mls. The threshold heat flux required to ignite the propellant was 40 W/cm2 at a velocity of 110 mls. Heat flux corresponding to minimum ignition energy and the threshold heat flux increase with gas velocity. The threshold ignition temperature of the propellant was found to be 600 ± 20 K.

  15. Fundamentals of the Theory of Capillary Gas-Liquid-Solid Chromatography

    Berezkin, Viktor G.; Zolotarev, P. P.


    It is shown that the known instances of the separation of volatile compounds actually refer to gas-liquid-solid chromatography and not gas-liquid chromatography, the walls of the capillary column fulfilling the function of the solid. The theories of the retention and spreading of the chromatographic bands in elution gas-liquid-solid chromatography are examined. The results of theoretical and experimental studies indicate the need to take into account the role of adsorption in capillary gas-liquid chromatography. The bibliography includes 140 references.

  16. Hydrodynamic Behaviour of a Gas-Solid Air-loop Stripper

    刘梦溪; 卢春喜; 时铭显


    In this paper, the principles of airlift loop reactor in gas-liquid and gas-liquid-solid systems are extended to gas-solid system. The models on bed average voidage in draft tube and the particle circulation velocity in a gas-solid loop reactor are deduced. The experiments are also conducted on a Φ600mm×7000mm reactor. The catalyst voidage and catalyst circulation velocity are measured at different radial and axial positions in draft tube and annulus, respectively. The experimental data are analyzed systemically and represented satisfactorily by the proposed models.

  17. Abundance and Utility: For Military Operations, Liquid Fuels Remain a Solid Choice over Natural Gas


    and combat support vehicles, ships, and aircraft, the adoption of natural gas —whether as compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG...tacticaldefensemedia.com16 | DoD Power & Energy Fall 2014 For Military Operations, Liquid Fuels Remain a Solid Choice over Natural Gas By Bret...Strogen and Patrick Lobner Abundance and Utility Fueling the Force Natural Gas M ilitary energy strategists often recount the British Royal Navy’s decision

  18. Laser transmittance measurement technology on plume from solid-propellant engine%固体发动机羽烟的激光透过率测试

    陈胜石; 宁子立; 欧秋晔; 陈文胜; 纪明; 高教波; 薛常佳


    为获得羽烟对激光透过率的影响,用烟箱法对2种配方的缩比发动机羽烟在1.06 μm、10.6 μm激光波段的透过率进行测试.采用1.064 μm激光调制发射、接收、数据采集系统对1.06 μm激光波段烟雾透过率测试;用黑体、光谱辐射计、数据采集系统可测出2 μm ~13 μm 的光学透过率,从中提出10.6 μm激光波段烟雾透过率,得到不同推进剂配方、不同烟雾浓度情况下10.6 μm光波和1.06 μm光波的烟雾透过率测试数据.烟箱1.8 m烟道上的测试数据表明:配方2推进剂优于配方1推进剂,10.6 μm光波的烟雾透过率96%~97%大于1.06 μm光波的烟雾透过率92%~93%.%The main performance of hyper-velocity kinetic missile and its solid propellants is described. The mechanism of laser attenuation caused by the plume of solid rocket motor is analyzed. The plume transmittance of two solid-propellant formulations was tested by the aid of a smoke-box when the laser wavebands were 1.06 μm and 10.6 μm. The plume transmittance in 1.06 μm laser was tested with 1.064 μm laser modulation emitting, receiving and data acqui-sition system. The plume transmittance of 10.6 μm laser was derived after the optical transmittance of 2 μm ~13 μm laser was tested with the blackbody radiation source, spectroradiometer and data acquisition system. The tested data indicates that formulation 2 is better than formulation 1, and the plume transmittance 96%~97% of 10.6 μm laser is higher than that 92%~93% of 1.06 μm laser.

  19. Verification of MEMS fabrication process for the application of MEMS solid propellant thruster arrays in space through launch and on-orbit environment tests

    Oh, Hyun-Ung; Kim, Tae-Gyu; Han, Sung-Hyeon; Lee, Jongkwang


    One of the most significant barriers encountered to the space application of MEMS technology is its lack of reliability and flight heritage in space environments. In this study a MEMS solid propellant thruster array was selected for the verification test of MEMS technology in space. The function and performance of MEMS solid thruster have been previously verified by laboratory-level research in universities. To ensure the successful operation of the MEMS thruster module before flight demonstration on-orbit, launch and on-orbit environment tests were performed at the qualification level. In the launch test, sine burst, and random vibration loads were applied to the MEMS thruster module. The thermal vacuum tests were carried out for the on-orbit environment test. As a result of the launch vibration test and on-orbit environment test, the variations of the characteristics were less than 0.7%, and all the functional requirements were successfully verified after the vibration tests. The tests successfully verified the manufacturing process because the thruster module showed stable normal function before the ignition. The test result outputs will be helpful in establishing MEMS fabrication guidelines for space applications.

  20. Thermal Transport Properties in the Primary Gas-Phase Combustion Zone of Double-Base Propellant: A Sensitivity Study.


    Meeting, CPIA Publication 292, Vol. II, pp. 363-387, 1977. A-i G. Arfken , Mathematical Methods for Physicists, 2nd Ed., Academic Press, New York, p...achieved in the design of propelling charges for guns by the use of mathematical models of the interior ballistic cycle. Continued development of such...temperature and heat release profiles and flame speed. A method has also been developed for determining the kinetic parameters of this overall reaction from

  1. Test of Fracture Toughness of Nitramine and Composite Solid Propellants%硝胺和复合固体推进剂断裂韧性的试验测定

    岳中豪; 刘天生; 景晓苏


    为了研究硝胺推进剂(挤压成型和浇注成型)和复合固体推进剂的断裂韧性,文章采用非接触类型的视频引伸仪对固体推进剂CT试样进行断裂测试,测得厚度为38 mm的3种试样断裂参数K F 分别为:0.7546、0.0812、0.3368 MPa· m1/2,并且建立推进剂材料的失效评估图。发现挤压成型的硝胺推进剂断裂韧性比浇注成型硝胺推进剂和复合推进剂高,CT试样预估的失效载荷与试验结果能较好地吻合。%To study the fracture toughness of nitramine (in extruded and slurry cast conditions ) and composite solid propellants , a non-contacting type video extensometer was applied to test solid propellant CT specimens .The fracture parameters KF for 3 samples with a thickness of 38mm were 0.7546,0.0812 and 0.3368MPa· m1/2, respectively.The failure assessment diagrams of propellant material were generated .Fracture toughness of the extruded nitramine propellant was found to be higher than those of slurry cast nitramine propellant and composite propellant .Failure load estimates of CT specimens were found to be in good agreement with test results .

  2. Stability-driven Structure Evolution: Exploring the Intrinsic Similarity Between Gas-Solid and Gas-Liquid Systems

    陈建华; 杨宁; 葛蔚; 李静海


    As the core of the Energy-Minimization Multi-Scale (EMMS) approach, the so-called stability condition has been proposed to reflect the compromise between different dominant mechanisms and believed to be indispensable for understanding the complex nature of gas-solid fluidization systems. This approach was recently extended to the study of gas-liquid bubble columns. In this article, we try to analyze the intrinsic similarity between gas-solid and gas-liquid systems by using the EMMS approach. First, the model solution spaces for the two systems are depicted through a unified numerical solution strategy, so that we are able to find three structural hierarchies in the EMMS model for gas-solid systems. This may help to understand the roles of cluster diameter correlation and stability condition. Second, a common characteristic of gas-solid and gas-liquid systems can be found by comparing the model solutions for the two systems, albeit structural parameters and stability criteria are specific in each system:two local minima of the micro-scale energy dissipation emerges simultaneously in the solution space of structure parameters, reflecting the compromise of two different dominant mechanisms. They may share an equal value at a critical condition of operating conditions, and the global minimum may shift from one to the other when the operating condition changes. As a result, structure parameters such as voidage or gas hold-up exhibit a jump change dueto this shift, leading to dramatic structure variation and hence regime transition of these systems. This demonstrates that it is the stability condition that drives the structure variation and system evolution, which may be the intrinsic similarity of gas-solid and gas-liquid systems.

  3. Measuring Propellant Stress Relaxation Modulus Using Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer


    P. N., Singh, P. P., and Bhattacharya, B., “Determination of Activation Energy of Relaxation Events in Composite Solid Propellants by Dynamic...Article 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 04 August 2016 – 29 March 2017 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Measuring Propellant Stress Relaxation Modulus Using Dynamic...ERC 14. ABSTRACT A method for determining the stress relaxation master curve of solid rocket propellants was developed. The propellant was tested in

  4. Designing Small Propellers for Optimum Efficiency and Low Noise Footprint


    and then create a 30 model in SolidWorks . The MATLAB G Ul ultimately results in a mostly automated process that is simple to use for individuals who...are unfamiliar with command prompt programs and SolidWorks modeling. Also incorporated into BEARCONTROL is the program NREL AirFoil Noise (NAFNOISE...propeller design, QPROP for the motor and propeller performance analysis, NAFNoise for the propeller noise prediction, and SolidWorks for the solid

  5. Magnetic propeller in symbiotic stars

    Panferov, Alexander; Mikolajewski, Maciej


    Rapidly spinning magnetic white dwarfs in symbiotic stars may pass through the propeller stage. It is believed that a magnetic propeller acts in two such stars CH Cyg and MWC 560. We review a diversity of manifestations of the propeller there. In these systems in a quiescent state the accretion onto a white dwarf from the strong enough wind of a companion star is suppressed by the magnetic field, and the hot component luminosity is low. Since the gas stored in the envelope eventually settles ...

  6. Research on Mechanical Property Prediction of Solid Propellant Base on GA-BP Neural Network%固体推进剂力学性能预估研究

    李进贤; 莫文宾; 唐金兰


    固体火箭发动机中,药柱的结构完整性直接关系到发动机的结构完整性和可靠性,而推进剂的力学性能对保持药柱结构完整性起着重要作用,也是决定推进剂寿命的重要指标.为了预估固体推进剂的力学性能,提高系统的可靠性,将遗传算法和神经网络相结合,建立了预估固体推进剂力学性能的遗传神经网络(GA-BP)模型.利用模型预测了某固体推进剂在不同温度、湿度和时间下的抗拉强度、延伸率、弹性模量变化情况,并与试验结果进行了比较.结果表明,模型预估精度高,泛化能力强,仿真计算与试验在结果上有很好的一致性.从而为固体火箭发动机的结构完整性研究提供可靠依据.%Solid propellant grain structural integrity influences the structural integrity and reliability of solid rocket motor (SRM). Mechanical property of solid propellant plays an important role in grain structural integrity, which is critical criterion of solid propellant life. In order to predict mechanical property of solid propellant, a new mechanical property prediction model for solid propollant was established by means of combination of 8enetic algorithm with neural network (GA-BP). Using above model, the mechanical proporty of a solid propellant in conditions of different ternperature, humidity and time was predicted and compared with experiment results. The comparison results show high precision of the model and strong ability of generalization and with good consistency between prediction of model and experiment. The investigation provides reliable assistance for structural integrity research of SRM.

  7. FEM Modelling and Oscillation Analysis of Solid Propellant Rocket Motor%固体火箭发动机柔性喷管有限元建模及摆动分析

    王成林; 刘勇; 文立华


    The methods of FEM Modelling and Oscillation Analysis of Solid Propellant Rocket Motor were explores. The FEM model of flexible nozzle using the equivalent model of flexible joint based on the three-direction custom spring elements is build; modify the FEM model of the flexible joint according to the experiment data; and carry out the oscillation analysis of solid propellant rocket motor.%研究了固态火箭发动机柔性喷管有限元建模及摆动分析方法.利用基于自定义三向弹簧单元的柔性接头线性等效模型,建立了发动机柔性喷管有限元模型.根据试验数据对柔性接头模型进行修正,并对发动机柔性喷管进行了摆动分析.

  8. Raman Spectroscopy for Instantaneous Multipoint, Multispecies Gas Concentration and Temperature Measurements in Rocket Engine Propellant Injector Flows

    Wehrmeyer, Joseph A.; Trinh, Huu Phuoc


    Propellant injector development at MSFC includes experimental analysis using optical techniques, such as Raman, fluorescence, or Mie scattering. For the application of spontaneous Raman scattering to hydrocarbon-fueled flows a technique needs to be developed to remove the interfering polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon fluorescence from the relatively weak Raman signals. A current application of such a technique is to the analysis of the mixing and combustion performance of multijet, impinging-jet candidate fuel injectors for the baseline Mars ascent engine, which will burn methane and liquid oxygen produced in-situ on Mars to reduce the propellant mass transported to Mars for future manned Mars missions. The present technique takes advantage of the strongly polarized nature of Raman scattering. It is shown to be discernable from unpolarized fluorescence interference by subtracting one polarized image from another. Both of these polarized images are obtained from a single laser pulse by using a polarization-separating calcite rhomb mounted in the imaging spectrograph. A demonstration in a propane-air flame is presented.

  9. High Performance Binder for EMCDB Propellants

    V. K. Bhat


    Full Text Available A novel block polymer has been synthesised from caprolactone using hydroxy terminated polybutadiene as ring opening initiator. Usefulness of this polymer as propellant binder has been studied by generating data on physico-chemical properties of the polymer. The polymer exhibited high miscibility with nitrate ester and high solid loading capability. Preliminary data generated on typical propellant formulation indicated higher performance as compared to composite propellant.


    李卓; 徐秉业; 蒲建军


    In this paper ,viscoelastic property of solid rocket propellant is described by fractional derivative model.Frequency response function and impulse response function of one dimensional pole is deduced by means of Laplace transformation and its inverse transformation.The proportions of pole part and branchcut part in the response are analyzed.The transitional and steady response of the pole is calculated under harmonic excitation and the steady acceleration response is compared with expeimental results.%本文用三参数分数阶导数模型描述了固体推进剂的粘弹特性,用Laplace变换和反变换求解一维杆件的频响函数和脉冲响应函数,分析了极点部分和截断部分在响应中所占比例,计算了在简谐激励下杆件的瞬态和稳态响应,并就加速度稳态响应部分与试验做了对比。

  11. 固体推进剂电弧点火延迟时间仿真研究%Simulation Studies on Solid Propellant Ignition Delay Time Under Arc Plasma

    卢洪义; 伍鹏; 王玉峰; 张宗伟


    Firstly,a simulation research was carried on,and the temperature characteristics changing with time under different power between the two electrodes was obtained.Then the temperature of arc plasma center was used as a boundary conditions for solid propellant ignition,and solid propellant ignition delay time under different power was calculated.Finally,come to a conclusion that the solid propellant ignition delay time decreases with the increase of electrode power,when the electrode power increase from 50 W to 500 W,solid propellant ignition delay time decreases from 8.82 ms to 0.99 ms,and with the increase of power,the growth of ignition delay time is slowing down.%首先对电弧进行了仿真研究,得到了不同电弧功率下电弧温度时间特性,然后利用该温度特性,作为固体推进剂点火的边界条件,采用数值差分方法,计算了固体推进剂的点火延迟时间;结果表明:固体推进剂的点火延迟时间随着电弧功率的增大而减小,当电弧功率从50 W 增加到500 W 时,固体推进剂的点火延迟时间从8.82 ms 减小到0.99 ms,并且随着电弧功率的升高,点火延迟时间减小的速度减慢。

  12. An analysis of process heat recovery in a gas-solid shallow fluidized bed

    A. A. B. Pécora


    Full Text Available This work presents an experimental study of a continuous gas-solid fluidized bed with an immersed horizontal tube. Silica sand (254mm diameter was used as solid particles and air was used for fluidization in a 900mm long and 150mm wide heat exchanger. Measurements were made under steady state conditions for a solid particle mass flow rate from 14 to 95kg.h-1 and a number of baffles from 0 to 8. Results showed that the heat transfer coefficient increases with the solid particle mass flow rate and with the number of baffles, suggesting that these are important factors to be considered in the design of such equipment. An empirical correlation for the heat transfer coefficient is proposed as a function of solid particle and gas mass flow rate, number of baffles and gas velocity.

  13. Virial modeling of gas-solid Joule-Thomson effect for argon-carbon aerosol

    Rybolt, T.R. (Tennessee Univ., Chattanooga, TN (USA))


    This paper presents the history of and later experimentation with the Joule--Thomson effect. The effect is discussed in terms of its association with a gas-solid dispersion. Experimental measurements of aerosol cooling were compared to a viral model utilizing chromatographic second gas-solid viral coefficients. The author extends the application of this model to include the effects of higher order viral coefficients.

  14. Municipal Solid Waste Gasification Plant Integrated With SOFC and Gas Turbine

    Bellomare, Filippo; Rokni, Masoud


    An interesting source of producing energy with low pollutants emission and reduced environmental impact are the biomasses; particularly using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as fuel, can be a competitive solution not only to produce energy with negligible costs but also to decrease the storage in landfills. A Municipal Solid Waste Gasification Plant Integrated with Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Gas Turbine (GT) has been studied and the plant is called IGSG (Integrated Gasification SOFC and GT)...

  15. Materials characterization of propellants using ultrasonics

    Workman, Gary L.; Jones, David


    Propellant characteristics for solid rocket motors were not completely determined for its use as a processing variable in today's production facilities. A major effort to determine propellant characteristics obtainable through ultrasonic measurement techniques was performed in this task. The information obtained was then used to determine the uniformity of manufacturing methods and/or the ability to determine non-uniformity in processes.

  16. Reactive Gas Solids Flow in Circulating Fluidised Beds

    Hjertager, Bjørn Helge; Solberg, Tron; Hansen, Kim Granly


    Progress in modelling and simulation of flow processes in gas/particle systems carried out at the authors? research group are presented. Emphasis is given to computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models that use the multi-dimensional multi fluid techniques. Turbulence modelling strategies for gas/pa...

  17. The role of gas phase reactions in the deflagration-to-detonation transition of high energy propellants

    Boggs, T. L.; Price, C. F.; Atwood, A. I.; Zurn, D. E.; Eisel, J. L.; Derr, R. L.


    The inadequacies of the two commonly used assumptions are shown, along with the need for considering gas phase reactions. Kinetic parameters that describe the gas phase reactions for several ingredients are provided, and the first steps in convective combustion leading to deflagration to detonation transition are described.

  18. Kinetics Modeling of Hypergolic Propellants


    reaction OH + NO + M −−→ HONO + M as a function of temperature and pressure in the presence of argon, sf6 , and n2 bath gas . Chemical physics, 171(1-2...understand fundamental processes such as gas phase ignition, vaporization and liquid phase chemistry for characterizing ignition. Such understanding will be...critical for future design efforts targeting rapidly repeatable cyclic ignition of these propellants. Three test cases are considered: gas and liquid


    Bing Du; W. Warsito; Liang-Shih Fan


    The electrical capacitance tomography (ECT) with neural network multi-criteria image reconstruction technique (NN-MOIRT) is developed for real time imaging of a gas-solid fluidized bed using FCC particles with evaporative liquid injection. Some aspects of the fundamental characteristics of the gas-solid flow with evaporative liquid injection,including real time and time averaged cross-sectional solids concentration distributions, the cross-sectional solids concentration fluctuations and the quasi-3D flow structures are studied. A two-region model and a direct image calculation are proposed to describe the dynamic behavior in both the bubble/void phase and the emulsion phase based on the tomographic images. Comparisons are made between the fundamental behaviors of the gas-solid flows with and without evaporative liquid injection for various gas velocities ranging from bubbling to turbulent fiuidization regimes. Significant differences are observed in the behavior of the gas-solid flow with the evaporative liquid injection compared to the fluidized bed without liquid injection.

  20. A Numerical Approach for Multicomponent Vapor Solid Equilibrium Calculations in Gas Hydrate Formation


    A new numerical approach has been developed for vapor solid equilibrium calculations and for predicting vapor solid equilibrium constant and composition of vapor and solid phases in gas hydrate formation. Equation of state methods generally do a good job of determining vapor phase properties,but for solid phase it is much more difficult and inaccurate. This proposed new model calculates vapor solid equilibrium constant and vapor and solid phase composition as a function of temperature and partial pressure. The results of this proposed numerical approach, for vapor solid equilibrium, have a good agreement with the available reported data. This new numerical model also has an advantage to tune coefficients, to cover different sets of experimental data accurately.

  1. Effect of particle loading on heat transfer enhancement in a gas-solid suspension cross flow

    周劲松; 骆仲泱; 高翔; 倪明江; 岑可法


    Heat transfer between gas-solid multiphase flow and tubes occurs in many industry processes, such as circulating fluidized bed process, pneumatic conveying process, chemical process, drying process, etc. (This paper focuses on the influence of the presence of particles on the heat transfer between a tube and gas-solid sus-pension. The presence of particles causes positive enhancement of heat transfer in the case of high solid loading ratio, but heat transfer reduction has been found for in the case of very low soliding ratio (Ms of less than 0.05 kg/kg). A usefial correlation ineorpomting solid lolling ratio, particle size and flow Reytmlds number was derived from experimental data. In addition, the κ-ε two-equation model and the Fluctuation-Spectrum-Random-Trajectory Model (FSRT Model) are used to simulate the flow field and heat transit of the gas-phase and the solid-phase, respectively. Through coupling of the two phases the model can predict the local and total heat transfer characteristics of tube in gas-solid cross flow. For the total heat transfer enhancement due to particles loading the model predictions agreed well wih experimental data.

  2. Injection Performance of a Gas-Solid Injector Based on the Particle Trajectory Model

    Daolong Yang


    Full Text Available Gas-solid injectors are widely used feeding equipment in pneumatic conveying systems. The performance of a gas-solid injector has a significant influence on the type of application it can be employed for. To determine the key factors influencing the injection performance and address clogging problems in a gas-solid injector during a pneumatic conveying process, the particle trajectory model has been utilised as a means to perform simulations. In the particle trajectory model, the gas phase is treated as a continuous medium and the particle phase is treated as a dispersed phase. In this work, numerical and experimental studies were conducted for different nozzle positions in a gas-solid injector. A gas-solid injector test-bed was constructed based on the results of the simulations. The results show that the nozzle position is the key factor that affects the injection performance. The number of extrusive particles first increases and then decreases with the change in the nozzle position from left to right. Additionally, there is an optimum nozzle position that maximises the injection mass and minimises the number of particles remaining in the hopper. Based on the results of this work, the injection performance can be significantly increased and the clogging issues are effectively eliminated.

  3. Radial pressure profiles in a cold-flow gas-solid vortex reactor.

    Pantzali, Maria N; Kovacevic, Jelena Z; Heynderickx, Geraldine J; Marin, Guy B; Shtern, Vladimir N


    A unique normalized radial pressure profile characterizes the bed of a gas-solid vortex reactor over a range of particle densities and sizes, solid capacities, and gas flow rates: 950-1240 kg/m(3), 1-2 mm, 2 kg to maximum solids capacity, and 0.4-0.8 Nm(3)/s (corresponding to gas injection velocities of 55-110 m/s), respectively. The combined momentum conservation equations of both gas and solid phases predict this pressure profile when accounting for the corresponding measured particle velocities. The pressure profiles for a given type of particles and a given solids loading but for different gas injection velocities merge into a single curve when normalizing the pressures with the pressure value downstream of the bed. The normalized-with respect to the overall pressure drop-pressure profiles for different gas injection velocities in particle-free flow merge in a unique profile. © 2015 The Authors AIChE Journal published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Institute of Chemical Engineers , 61: 4114-4125, 2015.

  4. Method and apparatus for the separation of a gas-solids mixture in a circulating fluidized bed reactor

    Vimalchand, Pannalal (Birmingham, AL); Liu, Guohai (Birmingham, AL); Peng, WanWang (Birmingham, AL)


    The system of the present invention includes a centripetal cyclone for separating particulate material from a particulate laden gas solids stream. The cyclone includes a housing defining a conduit extending between an upstream inlet and a downstream outlet. In operation, when a particulate laden gas-solids stream passes through the upstream housing inlet, the particulate laden gas-solids stream is directed through the conduit and at least a portion of the solids in the particulate laden gas-solids stream are subjected to a centripetal force within the conduit.

  5. Computational model and simulations of gas-liquid-solid three-phase interactions

    Zhang, Lucy; Wang, Chu


    A computational technique to model three-phase (gas-liquid-solid) interactions is proposed in this study. This numerical algorithm couples a connectivity-free front-tracking method that treats gas-liquid multi-fluid interface to the immersed finite element method that treats fully-coupled fluid-solid interactions. The numerical framework is based on a non-boundary-fitted meshing technique where the background grid is fixed where no mesh-updating or re-meshing is required. An indicator function is used to identify the gas from the liquid, and the fluid (gas or liquid) from the solid. Several 2-D and 3-D validation cases are demonstrated to show the accuracy and the robustness of the method. Funding from NRC and CCNI computational facility at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are greatly acknowledged.

  6. Adhesion of solid particles to gas bubbles. Part 2: Experimental

    Omota, Florin; Dimian, Alexandre C.; Bliek, Alfred


    In slurry bubble columns, the adhesion of solid catalyst particles to bubbles may significantly affect the G–L mass transfer and bubble size distribution. This feature may be exploited in design by modifying the hydrophilic or hydrophobic nature of the particles used. Previously we have proposed a g

  7. Research Situation and Prospect of Green Solid Propellant%绿色固体推进剂的研究现状及展望

    赵凤起; 胥会祥


    The lead-free double base propellants, renewable propellants based on thermoplastic elastomer binder (TPE), green composite propellants were reviewed. The characteristics of various types of green propellants and the difficult problems in the development of propellants were summarized, and the trends in the development of green propellants were pointed out, such as nano-technology, high efficiency loading technology and complex technology of non-lead catalysts, synthesizing and applying technology of energetic thermoplastic elastomer, purifying technology of HNF, synthesizing technology of new energetic oxidant.etc.%综述了无铅双基系推进剂、可再生TPE推进剂和绿色复合推进剂的研制现状,总结了各类绿色推进剂的特点和发展过程中的技术难题,指出了绿色推进剂的一些技术发展方向,如非铅催化剂的纳米化技术、高效负载技术和复合技术,含能热塑性弹性体的合成及应用技术,硝仿肼(HNF)提纯技术以及新型高能氧化剂合成技术等.

  8. Numerical solution of moving boundary problem for deposition process in solid fuel gas generator

    Volokhov, V. M.; Dorofeenko, S. O.; Sharov, M. S.; Toktaliev, P. D.


    Moving boundary problem in application to process of depositions formation in gas generator are considered. Gas generator, as a part of fuel preparation system of high-speed vehicle, convert solid fuel into multicomponent multiphase mixture, which further burned down in combustion chamber. Mathematical model of two-phase “gas-solid particles” flow, including Navier-Stokes equations for turbulent flow in gas generator and mass, impulse conservations laws for elementary depositions layer are proposed. Verification of proposed mathematical model for depositions mass in gas generator conditions is done. Further possible improvements of proposed model, based on more detail accounting of particle-wall interaction and wall's surface adhesion properties are analyzed.

  9. Assessment of alternative disposal methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from municipal solid waste in India.

    Yedla, Sudhakar; Sindhu, N T


    Open dumping, the most commonly practiced method of solid waste disposal in Indian cities, creates serious environment and economic challenges, and also contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. The present article attempts to analyse and identify economically effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from municipal solid waste. The article looks at the selection of appropriate methods for the control of methane emissions. Multivariate functional models are presented, based on theoretical considerations as well as the field measurements to forecast the greenhouse gas mitigation potential for all the methodologies under consideration. Economic feasibility is tested by calculating the unit cost of waste disposal for the respective disposal process. The purpose-built landfill system proposed by Yedla and Parikh has shown promise in controlling greenhouse gas and saving land. However, these studies show that aerobic composting offers the optimal method, both in terms of controlling greenhouse gas emissions and reducing costs, mainly by requiring less land than other methods.

  10. Gas dispersion and immobile gas volume in solid and porous particle biofilter materials at low air flow velocities.

    Sharma, Prabhakar; Poulsen, Tjalfe G


    Gas-phase dispersion in granular biofilter materials with a wide range of particle sizes was investigated using atmospheric air and nitrogen as tracer gases. Two types of materials were used: (1) light extended clay aggregates (LECA), consisting of highly porous particles, and (2) gravel, consisting of solid particles. LECA is a commercial material that is used for insulation, as a soil conditioner, and as a carrier material in biofilters for air cleaning. These two materials were selected to have approximately the same particle shape. Column gas transport experiments were conducted for both materials using different mean particle diameters, different particle size ranges, and different gas flow velocities. Measured breakthrough curves were modeled using the advection-dispersion equation modified for mass transfer between mobile and immobile gas phases. The results showed that gas dispersivity increased with increasing mean particle diameter for LECA but was independent of mean particle diameter for gravel. Gas dispersivity also increased with increasing particle size range for both media. Dispersivities in LECA were generally higher than for gravel. The mobile gas content in both materials increased with increasing gas flow velocity but it did not show any strong dependency on mean particle diameter or particle size range. The relative fraction of mobile gas compared with total porosity was highest for gravel and lowest for LECA likely because of its high internal porosity.

  11. CO2 sequestration using waste concrete and anorthosite tailings by direct mineral carbonation in gas-solid-liquid and gas-solid routes.

    Ben Ghacham, Alia; Cecchi, Emmanuelle; Pasquier, Louis-César; Blais, Jean-François; Mercier, Guy


    Mineral carbonation (MC) represents a promising alternative for sequestering CO2. In this work, the CO2 sequestration capacity of the available calcium-bearing materials waste concrete and anorthosite tailings is assessed in gas-solid-liquid and gas-solid routes using 18.2% flue CO2 gas. The objective is to screen for a better potential residue and phase route and as the ultimate purpose to develop a cost-effective process. The results indicate the possibility of removing 66% from inlet CO2 using waste concrete for the aqueous route. However, the results that were obtained with the carbonation of anorthosite were less significant, with 34% as the maximal percentage of CO2 removal. The difference in terms of reactivity could be explained by the accessibility to calcium. In fact, anorthosite presents a framework structure wherein the calcium is trapped, which could slow the calcium dissolution into the aqueous phase compared to the concrete sample, where calcium can more easily leach. In the other part of the study concerning gas-solid carbonation, the results of CO2 removal did not exceed 15%, which is not economically interesting for scaling up the process. The results obtained with waste concrete samples in aqueous phase are interesting. In fact, 34.6% of the introduced CO2 is converted into carbonate after 15 min of contact with the gas without chemical additives and at a relatively low gas pressure. Research on the optimization of the aqueous process using waste concrete should be performed to enhance the reaction rate and to develop a cost-effective process.

  12. Evaluation of crystallization behavior on the surface of nifedipine solid dispersion powder using inverse gas chromatography.

    Miyanishi, Hideo; Nemoto, Takayuki; Mizuno, Masayasu; Mimura, Hisashi; Kitamura, Satoshi; Iwao, Yasunori; Noguchi, Shuji; Itai, Shigeru


    To investigate crystallization behavior on the surface of amorphous solid dispersion powder using inverse gas chromatography (IGC) and to predict the physical stability at temperatures below the glass transition temperature (T (g)). Amorphous solid dispersion powder was prepared by melt-quenching of a mixture of crystalline nifedipine and polyvinylpyrrolidon (PVP) K-30. IGC was conducted by injecting undecane (probe gas) and methane (reference gas) repeatedly to the solid dispersion at temperatures below T (g). Surface crystallization was evaluated by the retention volume change of undecane based on the observation that the surface of the solid dispersion with crystallized nifedipine gives an increased retention volume. On applying the retention volume change to the Hancock-Sharp equation, surface crystallization was found to follow a two-dimensional growth of nuclei mechanism. Estimation of the crystallization rates at temperatures far below T (g) using the Avrami-Erofeev equation and Arrhenius equation showed that, to maintain its quality for at least three years, the solid dispersion should be stored at -20°C (T (g) - 65°C). IGC can be used to evaluate crystallization behavior on the surface of a solid dispersion powder, and, unlike traditional techniques, can also predict the stability of the solid dispersion based on the surface crystallization behavior.

  13. Effect of particle loading on heat transfer enhancement in a gas-solid suspension cross flow

    周劲松; 骆仲泱; 高翔; 倪明江; 岑可法


    Heat transfer between gas-solid multiphase flow and tubes occurs in m a ny industry processes, such as circulating fluidized bed process, pneumatic conv eying process, chemical process, drying process, etc. This paper focuses on the influence of the presence of particles on the heat transfer between a tube and g as-solid suspension. The presence of particles causes positive enhancement of h e at transfer in the case of high solid loading ratio, but heat transfer reduction has been found for in the case of very low solid loading ratio (Ms of les s than 0.05 kg/kg). A useful correlation incorporating solid loading ratio, particle s ize and flow Reynolds number was derived from experimental data. In addition, th e k-ε two-equation model and the Fluctuation-Spectrum- Random-Trajecto ry Model ( FSRT Model) are used to simulate the flow field and heat transfer of the gas-ph a se and the solid-phase, respectively. Through coupling of the two phases the mo d el can predict the local and total heat transfer characteristics of tube in gas - solid cross flow. For the total heat transfer enhancement due to particles loadi ng the model predictions agreed well with experimental data.

  14. Bubble dynamics in a two-dimensional gas-solid fluidized bed


    Related referential studies on gas-solid two-phase flows were briefly reviewed. Bubble ascending in a two-dimensional (2D) gas-solid fluidized bed was studied both experimentally and numerically. A modified continuum model expressed in the conservation form was used in numerical simulation. Solid-phase pressure was modeled via local sound speed; gas-phase turbulence was described by the K-ε two-equation model. The modified implicit multiphase formulation (IMF) scheme was used to solve the model equations in 2D Cartesian/cylindrical coordinates. The bubble ascending velocity and particle motion in the 2D fluidized bed were measured using the photochromic dye activation (PDA) technique, which was based on UV light activation of particles impregnated with the dye. Effects of bed height and superficial gas velocity on bubble formation and ascent were investigated numerically. The numerically obtained bubble ascending velocities were compared with experimental measurements. Gas bubble in jetting gas-solids fluidized bed was also simulated numerically.

  15. Combustion characteristics of SMX and SMX based propellants

    Reese, David A.

    This work investigates the combustion of the new solid nitrate ester 2,3-hydroxymethyl-2,3-dinitro-1,4-butanediol tetranitrate (SMX, C6H 8N6O16). SMX was synthesized for the first time in 2008. It has a melting point of 85 °C and oxygen balance of 0% to CO 2, allowing it to be used as an energetic additive or oxidizer in solid propellants. In addition to its neat combustion characteristics, this work also explores the use of SMX as a potential replacement for nitroglycerin (NG) in double base gun propellants and as a replacement for ammonium perchlorate in composite rocket propellants. The physical properties, sensitivity characteristics, and combustion behaviors of neat SMX were investigated. Its combustion is stable at pressures of up to at least 27.5 MPa (n = 0.81). The observed flame structure is nearly identical to that of other double base propellant ingredients, with a primary flame attached at the surface, a thick isothermal dark zone, and a luminous secondary flame wherein final recombination reactions occur. As a result, the burning rate and primary flame structure can be modeled using existing one-dimensional steady state techniques. A zero gas-phase activation energy approximation results in a good fit between modeled and observed behavior. Additionally, SMX was considered as a replacement for nitroglycerin in a double base propellant. Thermochemical calculations indicate improved performance when compared with the common double base propellant JA2 at SMX loadings above 40 wt-%. Also, since SMX is a room temperature solid, migration may be avoided. Like other nitrate esters, SMX is susceptible to decomposition over long-term storage due to the presence of excess acid in the crystals; the addition of stabilizers (e.g., derivatives of urea) during synthesis should be sufficient to prevent this. the addition of Both unplasticized and plasticized propellants were formulated. Thermal analysis of unplasticized propellant showed a distinct melt

  16. Tip-modified Propellers

    Andersen, Poul


    The paper deals with tip-modified propellers and the methods which, over a period of two decades, have been applied to develop such propellers. The development is driven by the urge to increase the efficiency of propellers and can be seen as analogous to fitting end plates and winglets to aircraft...... wings. The literature on four different designs is reviewed: the end-plate propeller; the two-sided, shifted end-plate propeller; the tip-fin propeller; and the bladelet propeller. The conclusion is that it is indeed possible to design tip-modified propellers that, relative to an optimum conventional...

  17. Adhesion of solid particles to gas bubbles. Part 1: Modelling

    Omota, Florin; Dimian, Alexandre C.; Bliek, A.


    Particle-to-bubble adhesion is important in the areas of anti-foaming, in flotation processes and in multiphase slurry reactors. In the present work we particularly address the latter. The behaviour of fine catalyst particles adhering to gas bubbles in aqueous media is governed by the surface

  18. High temperature membrane reactor for catalytic gas-solid reactions

    Sloot, H.J.; Sloot, H.J.; Smolders, C.A.; Smolders, C.A.; van Swaaij, Willibrordus Petrus Maria; Versteeg, Geert


    A mathematical model, based on the dusty-gas model extended with surface diffusion, is presented that describes mass transport owing to molecular diffusion and viscous flow, as well as an instantaneous reversible reaction inside a membrane reactor. The reactants are fed to opposite sides of the

  19. 双基固体推进剂的特性研究%Study on the characteristics of the double-base solid propellant

    张建彬; 鞠玉涛; 周长省


    在不同温度和应变率下,对双基固体推进剂试件进行了单轴拉伸试验.提出了一种针对双基推进剂屈服值的判断方法,应用一元回归数理统计方法对双基推进剂力学性能数据进行了分析.结果表明,双基推进剂力学性能与温度和应变率具有明显的相关性,在233.15 K下近似为脆性材料,而在288.15 K和323.15 K下呈现明显的塑性流动.针对双基推进剂不同受载情况,提出了与推进剂屈服值相关的强度准则,以便为双基推进剂药柱设计及结构完整性分析奠定基础.%The uniaxial tensile tests about double-base propellant samples were carried out under different environmental temperature and strain rate. A judgment method for double-base propellant yield value was put forward,and the mechanical properties of the double-base propellant were analyzed by a regression mathematical statistics method. The results show that the mechanical properties of the double-base propellant is obviously dependent with temperature and strain rate, which approximatly appears as brittle material under 233. 15 K,and displays obvious plastic flow under 288. 15 K and 323. 15 K. According to different loading conditions of double-base propellant,the strength criterion that is relevant to propellant yield value was proposed,which lays the foundation for design and the structural integrity analysis of double-base propellant grain.


    Ruoyu Hong; Haibing Li; Jianmin Ding; Hongzhong Li


    Numerical simulation of gas-solid flow in a two-dimensional fluidized bed with an inclined jet was performed. The numerical model is based on the two-fluid model of gas and solids phase in which the solids constitutive equations are based on the kinetic theory of granular flow. The improved ICE algorithm, which can be used for both low and high-velocity fluid flow, were used to solve the model equations. The mechanism of jet formation was analyzed using both numerical simulations and experiments. The emergence and movement of gas bubbles were captured numerically and experimentally. The influences of jet velocity, nozzle diameter, nozzle inclination and jet position on jet penetration length were obtained. A semi-empirical expression was derived and the parameters were correlated from experimental data. The correlation equation, which can be easily used to obtain the inclined jet penetration length, was compared with our experimental data and published correlation equations.

  1. Evaluation of wall boundary condition parameters for gas-solids fluidized bed simulations

    Li, Tingwen [URS Corporation; Morgantown, WV (United States); National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States); Benyahia, Sofiane [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Morgantown, WV (United States)


    Wall boundary conditions for the solids phase have significant effects on numerical predictions of various gas-solids fluidized beds. Several models for the granular flow wall boundary condition are available in the open literature for numerical modeling of gas-solids flow. In this study, a model for specularity coefficient used in Johnson and Jackson boundary conditions by Li and Benyahia (AIChE Journal, 2012, 58, 2058-2068) is implemented in the open-source CFD code-MFIX. The variable specularity coefficient model provides a physical way to calculate the specularity coefficient needed by the partial-slip boundary conditions for the solids phase. Through a series of 2-D numerical simulations of bubbling fluidized bed and circulating fluidized bed riser, the model predicts qualitatively consistent trends to the previous studies. Furthermore, a quantitative comparison is conducted between numerical results of variable and constant specularity coefficients to investigate the effect of spatial and temporal variations in specularity coefficient.

  2. Numerical Simulations of Interactions of Solid Particles and Deformable Gas Bubbles in Viscous Liquids

    Qin, Tong


    Studying the interactions of solid particles and deformable gasbubbles in viscous liquids is very important in many applications,especially in mining and chemical industries. These interactionsinvolve liquid-solid-air multiphase flows and anarbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerican (ALE) approach is used for the directnumerical simulations. In the system of rigid particles anddeformable gas bubbles suspended in viscous liquids, theNavier-Stokes equations coupled with the equations of motion of thepartic...

  3. Rapid estimate of solid volume in large tuff cores using a gas pycnometer

    Thies, C. [ed.; Geddis, A.M.; Guzman, A.G. [and others


    A thermally insulated, rigid-volume gas pycnometer system has been developed. The pycnometer chambers have been machined from solid PVC cylinders. Two chambers confine dry high-purity helium at different pressures. A thick-walled design ensures minimal heat exchange with the surrounding environment and a constant volume system, while expansion takes place between the chambers. The internal energy of the gas is assumed constant over the expansion. The ideal gas law is used to estimate the volume of solid material sealed in one of the chambers. Temperature is monitored continuously and incorporated into the calculation of solid volume. Temperature variation between measurements is less than 0.1{degrees}C. The data are used to compute grain density for oven-dried Apache Leap tuff core samples. The measured volume of solid and the sample bulk volume are used to estimate porosity and bulk density. Intrinsic permeability was estimated from the porosity and measured pore surface area and is compared to in-situ measurements by the air permeability method. The gas pycnometer accommodates large core samples (0.25 m length x 0.11 m diameter) and can measure solid volume greater than 2.20 cm{sup 3} with less than 1% error.

  4. Improved liquid-solid-gas interface deposition of nanoparticle thin films

    Diao Jia-Jie; Chen Guang-De; Qiu Fu-Sheng; Yan Guo-Jun


    A liquid-solid-gas interface deposition method to prepare nanoparticle thin films is presented in this paper. The nanoparticles in the part of suspension located close to the solid-liquid-gas interface grow on the substrate under the influence of interface force when the partially immersed substrate moves relatively to the suspension. By using statistical theory of the Brownian motion, growth equations for mono-component and multi-component nanoparticle thin films are obtained and some parameters for deposition process are discussed.

  5. Motion analysis of waste rock in gas-solids fluidized bed in coal dry beneficiation

    郭迎福; 陈安华; 张永忠; 邓志鹏; 毛树楷


    Through the analysis of forces acting on the waste rock in the gas-solid fluidized bed, the waste rock velocity equations and displacement equations in the gas-solids fluidized bed were achieved and the influential factors of the waste rock motion in the fluidized bed were studied in this paper. The conclusions show that the primary factors influencing the waste rock motion are the waste rock grain size and the scraper velocity according to the computer simulation. This has provided the theoretical foundation both for improving the separating effect and ascertaining the length of the separating cell.

  6. Preliminary Results of an Altitude-Wind-Tunnel Investigation of a TG-100A Gas Turbine-Propeller Engine. 4; Compressor and Turbine Performance Characteristics

    Wallner, Lewis E.; Saari, Martin J.


    As part of an investigation of the performance and operational characteristics of the TG-100A gas turbine-propeller engine, conducted in the Cleveland altitude wind tunnel, the performance characteristics of the compressor and the turbine were obtained. The data presented were obtained at a compressor-inlet ram-pressure ratio of 1.00 for altitudes from 5000 to 35,000 feet, engine speeds from 8000 to 13,000 rpm, and turbine-inlet temperatures from 1400 to 2100R. The highest compressor pressure ratio was 6.15 at a corrected air flow of 23.7 pounds per second and a corrected turbine-inlet temperature of 2475R. Peak adiabatic compressor efficiencies of about 77 percent were obtained near the value of corrected air flow corresponding to a corrected engine speed of 13,000 rpm. This maximum efficiency may be somewhat low, however, because of dirt accumulations on the compressor blades. A maximum adiabatic turbine efficiency of 81.5 percent was obtained at rated engine speed for all altitudes and turbine-inlet temperatures investigated.

  7. Preliminary Results of an Altitude-Wind-Tunnel Investigation of an Axial-Flow Gas Turbine-Propeller Engine. 4; Compressor and Turbine Performance Characteristics

    Wallner, Lewis E.; Saari, Martin J.


    As part of an investigation of the performance and operational characteristics of the axial-flow gas turbine-propeller engine, conducted in the Cleveland altitude wind tunnel, the performance characteristics of the compressor and the turbine were obtained. The data presented were obtained at a compressor-inlet ram-pressure ratio of 1.00 for altitudes from 5000 to 35,000 feet, engine speeds from 8000 to 13,000 rpm, and turbine-inlet temperatures from 1400 to 2100 R. The highest compressor pressure ratio obtained was 6.15 at a corrected air flow of 23.7 pounds per second and a corrected turbine-inlet temperature of 2475 R. Peak adiabatic compressor efficiencies of about 77 percent were obtained near the value of corrected air flow corresponding to a corrected engine speed of 13,000 rpm. This maximum efficiency may be somewhat low, however, because of dirt accumulations on the compressor blades. A maximum adiabatic turbine efficiency of 81.5 percent was obtained at rated engine speed for all altitudes and turbine-inlet temperatures investigated.

  8. An improved Mori-Tanaka method for nonlinear interface debonding in composite solid propellant%改进的Mori-Tanaka法在复合推进剂非线性界面脱粘中的应用

    刘承武; 阳建红; 陈飞


    Aiming at the problems concerning the composite solid propellant with large deformation in the matrix and interface debonding around the filled particles, an improved Mori-Tanaka method was developed. At the same time, in order to verify its effectiveness, a simulation method for the interface debonding of the composite solid propellant consists of random filled particles was also put forward. Finally, a computational case of one kind of composite solid propellant was investigated. It is demonstrated that the resuits from these two methods are close and the improved Mori-Tanaka method is effective; the computational time can be reduced dramatically and the computational effectiveness can be increased greatly by using the improved Mori-Tanaka method.%针对复合固体推进剂基体的大变形和界面的脱粘问题,对Mori-Tanaka法进行了改进.同时,为验证该方法的有效性,针对推进剂颗粒随机填充的特点,提出了一种含非线性界面脱粘的数值方法.最后以某推进剂配方为算例,对2种方法的计算结果进行了比较.结果表明,2种方法结果接近,从而验证了改进的Mori-Tanaka法的有效性,且改进的Mori-Tanaka法计算量小,极大地提高了计算效率.

  9. Flow Mapping in a Gas-Solid Riser via Computer Automated Radioactive Particle Tracking (CARPT)

    Muthanna Al-Dahhan; Milorad P. Dudukovic; Satish Bhusarapu; Timothy J. O' hern; Steven Trujillo; Michael R. Prairie


    Statement of the Problem: Developing and disseminating a general and experimentally validated model for turbulent multiphase fluid dynamics suitable for engineering design purposes in industrial scale applications of riser reactors and pneumatic conveying, require collecting reliable data on solids trajectories, velocities ? averaged and instantaneous, solids holdup distribution and solids fluxes in the riser as a function of operating conditions. Such data are currently not available on the same system. Multiphase Fluid Dynamics Research Consortium (MFDRC) was established to address these issues on a chosen example of circulating fluidized bed (CFB) reactor, which is widely used in petroleum and chemical industry including coal combustion. This project addresses the problem of lacking reliable data to advance CFB technology. Project Objectives: The objective of this project is to advance the understanding of the solids flow pattern and mixing in a well-developed flow region of a gas-solid riser, operated at different gas flow rates and solids loading using the state-of-the-art non-intrusive measurements. This work creates an insight and reliable database for local solids fluid-dynamic quantities in a pilot-plant scale CFB, which can then be used to validate/develop phenomenological models for the riser. This study also attempts to provide benchmark data for validation of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) codes and their current closures. Technical Approach: Non-Invasive Computer Automated Radioactive Particle Tracking (CARPT) technique provides complete Eulerian solids flow field (time average velocity map and various turbulence parameters such as the Reynolds stresses, turbulent kinetic energy, and eddy diffusivities). It also gives directly the Lagrangian information of solids flow and yields the true solids residence time distribution (RTD). Another radiation based technique, Computed Tomography (CT) yields detailed time averaged local holdup profiles at

  10. Process Study on Disposal Solid Composite Propellant in Applying Critical Fluid Extraction Technology%用临界液萃取技术处理复合固体推进剂的工艺研究

    高兴勇; 巩永校; 杜仕国; 刘国庆


    Foreign country has been successful in applying critical fluid extraction technology for demilitarization of solid propellant and explosive. This paper introduced the process of critical fluid extraction technology through demilitarization of rocket motors containing ammonium percholrate (AP) composite propellants. The demilitarization process consists of four-step. Step one involves removing the AP propellant from the rocket motor. Step two extracts AP and separates the AP/liquid ammonia solution from binder residue. Step three recovers the AP by evaporating the ammonia. Step four condenses the ammonia vapor and recycles the liquid ammonia for a continuous removal/extraction operation.%通过对火箭发动机含高氯酸铵(AP)的复合推进剂用临界液氨销毁来介绍这一工艺方法。销毁工艺由四个连续的步骤构成:第一步采用临界液氨把含AP的复合推进剂从火箭发动机中取出;第二步萃取AP并将含AP的液氨和粘结剂残渣分离开;第三步从氨水中蒸发出AP;第四步将氨蒸气冷凝并重新循环使用。

  11. Numerical Simulation of Gas-Liquid-Solid Three-Phase Flow in Deep Wells

    Xie, Jianyu; Yu, Bo; Zhang, Xinyu; Shao, Qianqian; Song, Xianzhi


    A gas-liquid-solid flow model which considers the effect of the cuttings on the pressure drop is established for the annulus flow in the deep wells in this paper, based on which a numerical code is developed to calculate the thermal and flow quantities such as temperature and pressure distributions. The model is validated by field data, and its performance is compared with several commercial software. The effects of some important parameters, such as well depth, gas kick, cuttings, and drilli...

  12. Gas-Liquid Mass Transfer Characteristics in a Gas-Liquid-Solid Bubble Column under Elevated Pressure and Temperature

    Haibo Jin; Suohe Yang; Guangxiang He; Delin Liu; Zemin Tong; Jianhua Zhu


    abstract The volumetric mass transfer coefficient kLa of gases (H2, CO, CO2) and mass transfer coefficient kL on liquid par-affin side were studied using the dynamic absorption method in slurry bubble column reactors under elevated temperature and elevated pressure. Meanwhile, gas-holdup and gas-liquid interfacial area a were obtained. The effects of temperature, pressure, superficial gas velocity and solid concentration on the mass transfer coeffi-cient were discussed. Experimental results show that the gas-liquid volumetric mass transfer coefficient kLa and interfacial area a increased with the increase of pressure, temperature, and superficial gas velocity, and decreased with the slurry concentration. The mass transfer coefficient kL increased with increasing superficial gas velocity and temperature and decreased with higher slurry concentration, while it changed slightly with pressure. Ac-cording to analysis of experimental data, an empirical correlation is obtained to calculate the values of kLa for H2 (CO, CO2) in the gas-paraffin-quartz system in a bubble column under elevated temperature and elevated pressure.

  13. Laser-propelled ram accelerator

    Sasoh, A. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Inst. of Fluid Science


    The concept of 'laser-propelled ram accelerator (L-RAMAC)' is proposed. Theoretically it is capable of achieving a higher launch speed than that by a chemical ram accelerator because a higher specific energy can be input to the propellant gas. The laser beam is supplied through the muzzle, focused as an annulus behind the base of the projectile. The performance of L-RAMAC is analized based on generalized Rankine-Hugoniot relations, suggesting that a superorbital muzzle speed is achievable out of this device. (orig.)

  14. Gas-initiated crack propagation in a porous solid

    Pitts, J.H.


    The propagation of a crack in porous earth formations following an experimental underground nuclear explosion is analyzed. The three-dimensional analysis includes interaction of gas pressure within the crack, permeation of gas into the porous earth formation, deflection of the crack walls, and crack propagation. Effects of permeability, k, from 10/sup -6/ to 0.1 ( 2/ (1( 2/ approximately 1 Darcy), initial crack length and width up to 110 and 170 m, and ratio of maximum earth formation resistive pressure to initial driving pressure, P/sub r//sub max//P/sub 1/, from 0.1 to 0.9 are delineated. Propagation of a crack to the earth's surface following a typical experimental underground nuclear explosion buried at a depth of 500 m occurs only under unlikely conditions, such as when k < 10/sup -4/ ( 2/ and P/sub r//sub max//P/sup 1/ < 0.75.

  15. Mars Ascent Vehicle-Propellant Aging

    Dankanich, John; Rousseau, Jeremy; Williams, Jacob


    This project is to develop and test a new propellant formulation specifically for the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) for the robotic Mars Sample Return mission. The project was initiated under the Planetary Sciences Division In-Space Propulsion Technology (ISPT) program and is continuing under the Mars Exploration Program. The two-stage, solid motor-based MAV has been the leading MAV solution for more than a decade. Additional studies show promise for alternative technologies including hybrid and bipropellant options, but the solid motor design has significant propellant density advantages well suited for physical constraints imposed while using the SkyCrane descent stage. The solid motor concept has lower specific impulse (Isp) than alternatives, but if the first stage and payload remain sufficiently small, the two-stage solid MAV represents a potential low risk approach to meet the mission needs. As the need date for the MAV slips, opportunities exist to advance technology with high on-ramp potential. The baseline propellant for the MAV is currently the carboxyl terminated polybutadiene (CTPB) based formulation TP-H-3062 due to its advantageous low temperature mechanical properties and flight heritage. However, the flight heritage is limited and outside the environments, the MAV must endure. The ISPT program competed a propellant formulation project with industry and selected ATK to develop a new propellant formulation specifically for the MAV application. Working with ATK, a large number of propellant formulations were assessed to either increase performance of a CTPB propellant or improve the low temperature mechanical properties of a hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) propellant. Both propellants demonstrated potential to increase performance over heritage options, but an HTPB propellant formulation, TP-H-3544, was selected for production and testing. The test plan includes propellant aging first at high vacuum conditions, representative of the Mars transit

  16. Set-Up and Validation of a Dynamic Solid/Gas Bioreactor

    Lloyd-Randol, Jennifer D.


    The limited availability of fossil resourses mandates the development of new energy vectors, which is one of the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century [1]. Biocatalytic energy conversion is a promising solution to meet the increased energy demand of industrialized societies. Applications of biocatalysis in the gas-phase are so far limited to production of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. However, this technology has the potential for large scale biocatalytic applications [2], e.g. for the formation of novel energy carriers. The so-called solid/gas biocatalysis is defined as the application of a biocatalyst immobilized on solid-phase support acting on gaseous substrates [3]. This process combines the advantages of bio-catalysis (green chemistry, mild reaction conditions, high specicity & selectivity) and heterogeneous dynamic gas-phase processes (low diffusion limitation, high conversion, simple scale-up). This work presents the modifications of a PID Microactivity Reference reactor in order to make it suitable for solid/gas biocatalysis. The reactor design requirements are based on previously published laboratory scale solid/gas systems with a feed of saturated vapors [4]. These vapors are produced in saturation flasks, which were designed and optimized during this project. Other modifications included relocation of the gas mixing chamber, redesigning the location and heating mechanism for the reactor tube, and heating of the outlet gas line. The modified reactor system was verified based on the Candida antarctica lipase B catalyzed transesterication of ethyl acetate with 1-hexanol to hexyl acetate and ethanol and results were compared to liquid-phase model reactions. Products were analyzed on line by a gas chromatograph with a flame ionization detector. C. antarc- tica physisorbed on silica particles produced a 50% conversion of hexanol at 40 C in the gas-phase. A commercial immobilized lipase from Iris Biotech produced 99% and 97% conversions of hexanol in

  17. The effect of gas double-dynamic on mass distribution in solid-state fermentation.

    Chen, Hong-Zhang; Zhao, Zhi-Min; Li, Hong-Qiang


    The mass distribution regularity in substrate of solid-state fermentation (SSF) has rarely been reported due to the heterogeneity of solid medium and the lack of suitable instrument and method, which limited the comprehensive analysis and enhancement of the SSF performance. In this work, the distributions of water, biomass, and fermentation product in different medium depths of SSF were determined using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and the developed models. Based on the mass distribution regularity, the effects of gas double-dynamic on heat transfer, microbial growth and metabolism, and product distribution gradient were systematically investigated. Results indicated that the maximum temperature of substrate and the maximum carbon dioxide evolution rate (CER) were 39.5°C and 2.48mg/(hg) under static aeration solid-state fermentation (SASSF) and 33.9°C and 5.38mg/(hg) under gas double-dynamic solid-state fermentation (GDSSF), respectively, with the environmental temperature for fermentation of 30±1°C. The fermentation production (cellulase activity) ratios of the upper, middle, and lower levels were 1:0.90:0.78 at seventh day under SASSF and 1:0.95:0.89 at fifth day under GDSSF. Therefore, combined with NIRS analysis, gas double-dynamic could effectively strengthen the solid-state fermentation performance due to the enhancement of heat transfer, the stimulation of microbial metabolism and the increase of the homogeneity of fermentation products.


    Litvinovа T. A.


    Full Text Available In this article the recycling problem of solid waste of oil and gas industry is observed. We have developed the bases of resource saving technology for minimizing exhausted sorbents and catalysts pollution with their using as silica-containing additives in raw mix for production of ceramic bricks of standard quality

  19. Asymptotic Analysis in a Gas-Solid Combustion Model with Pattern Formation

    Claude-Michel BRAUNER; Lina HU; Luca LORENZI


    The authors consider a free interface problem which stems from a gas-solid model in combustion with pattern formation.A third-order,fully nonlinear,self-consistent equation for the flame front is derived.Asymptotic methods reveal that the interface approaches a solution to the Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation.Numerical results which illustrate the dynamics are presented.

  20. Greenhouse gas emission and groundwater pollution potentials of soils amended with raw and carbonized swine solids

    The objective of this research is to study the greenhouse gas emission and groundwater pollution potentials of the soils amended with raw swine solids and swine biochars made from different thermochemical conditions. Triplicate sets of small pots were designed: 1) control soil with a 50/50 mixture o...

  1. Numerical Simulation of Dense Gas-Solid Fluidized Beds: A Multiscale Modeling Strategy

    Hoef, van der M.A.; Sint Annaland, van M.; Deen, N.G.; Kuipers, J.A.M.


    Gas-solid fluidized beds are widely applied in many chemical processes involving physical and/or chemical transformations, and for this reason they are the subject of intense research in chemical engineering science. Over the years, researchers have developed a large number of numerical models of ga

  2. A grain size distribution model for non-catalytic gas-solid reactions

    Heesink, Albertus B.M.; Prins, W.; van Swaaij, Willibrordus Petrus Maria


    A new model to describe the non-catalytic conversion of a solid by a reactant gas is proposed. This so-called grain size distribution (GSD) model presumes the porous particle to be a collection of grains of various sizes. The size distribution of the grains is derived from mercury porosimetry measur

  3. Electrocatalytic phenomena in gas phase reactions in solid electrolyte electrochemical cells

    Gellings, P.J.; Koopmans, H.J.A.; Burggraaf, A.J.


    The recent literature on electrocatalysis and electrocatalytic phenomena occurring in gas phase reactions on solid, oxygen conducting electrolytes is reviewed. In this field there are a number of different subjects which are treated separately. These are: the use of electrochemical methods to study

  4. Effect of cathode gas humidification on performance and durability of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

    Nielsen, Jimmi; Hagen, Anke; Liu, Yi-Lin


    The effect of cathode inlet gas humidification was studied on single anode supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC's). The studied cells were Risø 2 G and 2.5 G. The former consists of a LSM:YSZ composite cathode, while the latter consists of a LSCF:CGO composite cathode on a CGO protection layer...

  5. Migration of radionuclides in a gas cooled solid state spallation target

    Jørgensen, Thomas; Severin, Gregory; Jensen, Mikael


    The current design of the ESS (European Spallation Source) program proposes a rotating solid tungsten target cooled by helium gas and a pulsed beam of protons. For safety reasons any design has to address whether or not the induced radionuclidic isotopes in the target migrate. In this paper we ha...

  6. Gas-solid hydroxyethylation of potato starch in a stirred vibrating fluidized bed reactor

    Kuipers, N.J M; Stamhuis, Eize; Beenackers, A.A C M


    A novel reactor for modifying cohesive C-powders such as in the gas-solid hydroxyethylation of semidry potato starch is characterized, the so-called stirred vibrating fluidized bed reactor. Good fluidization characteristics are obtained in this reactor for certain combinations of stirring and vibrat

  7. Utilization of the Recycle Reactor in Determining Kinetics of Gas-Solid Catalytic Reactions.

    Paspek, Stephen C.; And Others


    Describes a laboratory scale reactor that determines the kinetics of a gas-solid catalytic reaction. The external recycle reactor construction is detailed with accompanying diagrams. Experimental details, application of the reactor to CO oxidation kinetics, interphase gradients, and intraphase gradients are discussed. (CS)

  8. Catalytic and Gas-Solid Reactions Involving HCN over Limestone

    Jensen, Anker; Johnsson, Jan Erik; Dam-Johansen, Kim


    In coal-fired combustion systems solid calcium species may be present as ash components or limestone added to the combustion chamber. In this study heterogeneous reactions involving HCN over seven different limestones were investigated in a laboratory fixed-bed quartz reactor at 873-1,173 K....... Calcined limestone is an effective catalyst for oxidation of HCN. Under conditions with complete conversion of HCN at O-2 concentrations above about 5,000 ppmv the selectivity for formation of NO and N2O is 50-70% and below 5%, respectively. Nitric oxide can be reduced by HCN to N-2 in the absence of O-2...... and to N-2 and N2O in the presence of O-2. At low O-2 concentrations or low temperatures. HCN may react with CaO, forming calcium cyanamide, CaCN2. The selectivities for formation of NO and N2O from oxidation of CaCN2 is 20-25% for both species. The catalytic activity of limestone for oxidation of HCN...

  9. Muonium formation by collisions of muons with solid rare-gas and solid nitrogen layers

    Prokscha, T; Morenzoni, E; Meyberg, M; Wutzke, T; Matthias, BE; Fachat, A; Jungmann, K; Putlitz, GZ


    We report an observation of the formation of muonium [Mu=(mu(+)e(-)) bound state] with kinetic energies between 1 and 40 keV on 500-nm-thick solid argon, xenon, and nitrogen (N-2) layers. The thin films are deposited on a 250-mu m-thick aluminum target which is bombarded with a 3.6-MeV mu(+) beam. W

  10. Online gas composition estimation in solid oxide fuel cell systems with anode off-gas recycle configuration

    Dolenc, B.; Vrečko, D.; Juričić, Ð.; Pohjoranta, A.; Pianese, C.


    Degradation and poisoning of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks are continuously shortening the lifespan of SOFC systems. Poisoning mechanisms, such as carbon deposition, form a coating layer, hence rapidly decreasing the efficiency of the fuel cells. Gas composition of inlet gases is known to have great impact on the rate of coke formation. Therefore, monitoring of these variables can be of great benefit for overall management of SOFCs. Although measuring the gas composition of the gas stream is feasible, it is too costly for commercial applications. This paper proposes three distinct approaches for the design of gas composition estimators of an SOFC system in anode off-gas recycle configuration which are (i.) accurate, and (ii.) easy to implement on a programmable logic controller. Firstly, a classical approach is briefly revisited and problems related to implementation complexity are discussed. Secondly, the model is simplified and adapted for easy implementation. Further, an alternative data-driven approach for gas composition estimation is developed. Finally, a hybrid estimator employing experimental data and 1st-principles is proposed. Despite the structural simplicity of the estimators, the experimental validation shows a high precision for all of the approaches. Experimental validation is performed on a 10 kW SOFC system.

  11. Scaling laws for gas-solid riser flow through two-fluid model simulation

    P.R. Naren; Vivek. V. Ranade


    Scale up of gas-solid circulating fluidized bed (CFB) risers poses many challenges to researchers. In this paper, CFD investigation of hydrodynamic scaling laws for gas-solid riser flow was attempted on the basis of two-fluid model simulations, in particular, the recently developed empirical scaling law of Qi, Zhu,and Huang (2008). A 3D computational model with periodic boundaries was used to perform numerical experiments and to study the effect of various system and operating parameters in hydrodynamic scaling of riser flow. The Qi scaling ratio was found to ensure similarity in global parameters like overall crosssectional average solid holdup or pressure drop gradient. However, similarity in local flow profiles was not observed for all the test cases. The present work also highlighted the significance of error bars in reporting experimental values.

  12. Numerical simulation of gas-liquid-solid flows using a combined front tracking and discrete particle method

    Sint Annaland, van M.; Deen, N.G.; Kuipers, J.A.M.


    In this paper a hybrid model is presented for the numerical simulation of gas¿liquid¿solid flows using a combined front tracking (FT) and discrete particle (DP) approach applied for, respectively, dispersed gas bubbles and solid particles present in the continuous liquid phase. The hard sphere DP mo

  13. Ballistics Model for Particles on a Horizontal Plane in a Vacuum Propelled by a Vertically Impinging Gas Jet

    Lane, J. E.; Metzger, P. T.


    A simple trajectory model has been developed and is presented. The particle trajectory path is estimated by computing the vertical position as a function of the horizontal position using a constant horizontal velocity and a vertical acceleration approximated as a power law. The vertical particle position is then found by solving the differential equation of motion using a double integral of vertical acceleration divided by the square of the horizontal velocity, integrated over the horizontal position. The input parameters are: x(sub 0) and y(sub 0), the initial particle starting point; the derivative of the trajectory at x(sub 0) and y(sub 0), s(sub 0) = s(x(sub 0))= dx(y)/dy conditional expectation y = y((sub 0); and b where bx(sub 0)/y(sub 0) is the final trajectory angle before gravity pulls the particle down. The final parameter v(sub 0) is an approximation to a constant horizontal velocity. This model is time independent, providing vertical position x as a function of horizontal distance y: x(y) = (x(sub 0) + s(sub 0) (y-y(sub 0))) + bx(sub 0) -(s(sub 0)y(sub 0) ((y - y(sub 0)/y(sub 0) - ln((y/y(sub 0)))-((g(y-y(sub 0)(exp 2))/ 2((v(sub 0)(exp 2). The first term on the right in the above equation is due to simple ballistics and a spherically expanding gas so that the trajectory is a straight line intersecting (0,0), which is the point at the center of the gas impingement on the surface. The second term on the right is due to vertical acceleration, which may be positive or negative. The last term on the right is the gravity term, which for a particle with velocities less than escape velocity will eventually bring the particle back to the ground. The parameters b, s(sub 0), and in some cases v(sub 0), are taken from an interpolation of similar parameters determined from a CFD simulation matrix, coupled with complete particle trajectory simulations.

  14. Investigation of combustion and characterization of solid fuels by means of the gas-potentiometric method

    Lorenz, H.; Trippler, S.; Rau, H. [Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg (Germany). Chemical Inst.


    Based on experiences of many years in using solid electrolyte oxygen sensors in gas and oil flames the Gas-Potentiometric Combustion Analysis (GPCA) was developed as a new in-situ method for investigation of the complex processes of solid fuel combustion. It consists of fuel combustion in a fluidized bed reactor and the simultaneous measurement of oxygen consumption due to combustion by placing a gas-potentiometric oxygen sensor immediately in the combustion zone, i.e. the fluidizing bed. For each solid fuel, including relevant waste materials and biofuels, a characteristic oxygen concentration-time curve as a `finger print` is obtained reflecting combustion behaviour. On the basis of the burn-out curves several fuel specific parameters are derivable, e.g. the burn-out time of the fuel sample. By using a specially developed oxygen balance model the effective reaction rate constant and a value for the relative reactivity for comparison of various fuels is obtained. Finally, the overall activation energy for macrokinetics of the whole combustion process can be estimated. The combustion behaviour of a wide range of solid materials (several fuels, waste, biomass) was studied. The surface structure of all materials was studied by using the gas adsorption method (N{sub 2}). The GPCA proved to be a suitable in-situ measuring technique for investigation of solid fuel combustion and a useful method for fuel characterization. A concept for the construction of a `Gas-Potentiometric Combustion Analyzer` as a new device for cheap and fast fuel characterization was developed. 24 refs., 15 figs., 6 tabs.

  15. Modeling of ultrasound transmission through a solid-liquid interface comprising a network of gas pockets

    Paumel, K.; Moysan, J.; Chatain, D.; Corneloup, G.; Baqué, F.


    Ultrasonic inspection of sodium-cooled fast reactor requires a good acoustic coupling between the transducer and the liquid sodium. Ultrasonic transmission through a solid surface in contact with liquid sodium can be complex due to the presence of microscopic gas pockets entrapped by the surface roughness. Experiments are run using substrates with controlled roughness consisting of a network of holes and a modeling approach is then developed. In this model, a gas pocket stiffness at a partially solid-liquid interface is defined. This stiffness is then used to calculate the transmission coefficient of ultrasound at the entire interface. The gas pocket stiffness has a static, as well as an inertial component, which depends on the ultrasonic frequency and the radiative mass.

  16. Heat Transfer Research of Gas-solid-liquid Three Phase Coupling of EGR Cooler

    Fu-Wu Yan


    Full Text Available The main aim of the study is to get the temperature and backpressure of a car engine exhaust gas which goes through the EGR-cooler. So the internal fluid flow and heat transfer process of the EGR cooler must be studied more clearly, numerical simulations are applied. Based on the strong coupling method, gas-solid-liquid three phases coupling model of the typical heat transfer unit is established. According to the coupling result, the heat flux of the tube’s outside surface is gained and then mapped to the inner surface of the cooler’s water. The water model is set up based on the separation coupling method. According to the analysis of the calculation, the detailed pressure and temperature distribution of the gas, water and solid are obtained. From the distribution cloud, we know the changes of the parameters along the fluid flows streamline.

  17. A nanostructured surface increases friction exponentially at the solid-gas interface

    Phani, Arindam; Putkaradze, Vakhtang; Hawk, John E.; Prashanthi, Kovur; Thundat, Thomas


    According to Stokes’ law, a moving solid surface experiences viscous drag that is linearly related to its velocity and the viscosity of the medium. The viscous interactions result in dissipation that is known to scale as the square root of the kinematic viscosity times the density of the gas. We observed that when an oscillating surface is modified with nanostructures, the experimentally measured dissipation shows an exponential dependence on kinematic viscosity. The surface nanostructures alter solid-gas interplay greatly, amplifying the dissipation response exponentially for even minute variations in viscosity. Nanostructured resonator thus allows discrimination of otherwise narrow range of gaseous viscosity making dissipation an ideal parameter for analysis of a gaseous media. We attribute the observed exponential enhancement to the stochastic nature of interactions of many coupled nanostructures with the gas media.

  18. Orientation of cylindrical particles in gas-solid circulating fluidized bed

    Jie Cai; Qihe Li; Zhulin Yuan


    The orientation of cylindrical particles in a gas-solid circulating fluidized bed was investigated by establishing a three-dimensional Euler-Lagrange model on the basis of rigid kinetics,impact kinetics and gas-solid two-phase flow theory.The resulting simulation indicated that the model could well illustrate the orientation of cylindrical particles in a riser during fluidization,The influences of bed structure and operation parameters on orientation of cylindrical particles were then studied and compared with related experimental results.The simulation results showed that the majority of cylindrical particles move with small nutation angles in the riser,the orientation of cylindrical particles is affected more obviously by their positions than by their slenderness and local gas velocities.The simulation results well agree with experiments,thus validating the proposed model and computation.

  19. Local Gas Phase Flow Characteristics of a Gas—Liquid—Solid Three—Phase Reversed Flow Jet Loop Reactor

    WENJianping; ChenYunlin; 等


    The local gas-phase flow characteristics such as local gas holdup (εg), local bubble velocity (Vb) and local bubble mean diameter(db) at a specified point in a gas-liquid-solid three-phase reversed flow jet loop reactor was experimentally investigated by a five-point conductivity probe. The effects of gas jet flow rate, liquid jet flow rate, solid loading, nozzle diameter and axial position on the local εg,Vb and db profiles were discussed. The presence of solids at low solid concentrations not only increased the local εg and Vb, but also decreased the local db. The optimum solid olading for the maximum local εg and Vb together with the minimum local db was 0.16×10-3m3, corresponding to a solid volume fraction,εS=2.5%.


    Jan J. Hycnar


    Full Text Available Most flue gas desulfurization products can be characterized by significant solubility in water and dusting in dry state. These characteristics can cause a considerable pollution of air, water, and soil. Among many approaches to utilization of this waste, the process of agglomeration using granulation or briquetting has proved very effective. Using desulfurization products a new material of aggregate characteristics has been acquired, and this material is resistant to water and wind erosion as well as to the conditions of transportation and storage. The paper presents the results of industrial trials granulation and briquetting of calcium desulphurization products. The granulation of a mixture of phosphogypsum used with fly ash (in the share 1:5. The resulting granules characterized by a compressive strength of 41.6 MPa, the damping resistance of 70% and 14.2% abrasion. The granulate was used for the production of cement mix. The produced concrete mortar have a longer setting and hardening time, as compared to the traditional ash and gypsum mortar, and have a higher or comparable flexural and compressive strength during hardening. Briquetting trials made of a product called synthetic gypsum or rea-gypsum both in pure form and with the addition of 5% and 10% of the limestone dust. Briquettes have a high initial strength and resistance to abrasion. The values ​​of these parameters increased after 72 hours of seasoning. It was found that higher hardiness of briquettes with rea-gypsum was obtained with the impact of atmospheric conditions and higher resistance to elution of water-soluble components in comparison to ash briquettes.

  1. Ignition transient analysis of solid rocket motor

    Han, Samuel S.


    Measurement data on the performance of Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor show wide variations in the head-end pressure changes and the total thrust build-up during the ignition transient periods. To analyze the flow and thermal behavior in the tested solid rocket motors, a 1-dimensional, ideal gas flow model via the SIMPLE algorithm was developed. Numerical results showed that burning patterns in the star-shaped head-end segment of the propellant and the erosive burning rate are two important factors controlling the ignition transients. The objective of this study is to extend the model to include the effects of aluminum particle commonly used in solid propellants. To treat the effects of aluminum-oxide particles in the combustion gas, conservation of mass, momentum, and energy equations for the particles are added in the numerical formulation and integrated by an inter-phase-slip algorithm.

  2. Standard test method for conducting erosion tests by solid particle impingement using gas jets

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia


    1.1 This test method covers the determination of material loss by gas-entrained solid particle impingement erosion with jetnozzle type erosion equipment. This test method may be used in the laboratory to measure the solid particle erosion of different materials and has been used as a screening test for ranking solid particle erosion rates of materials in simulated service environments (1,2 ). Actual erosion service involves particle sizes, velocities, attack angles, environments, and so forth, that will vary over a wide range (3-5). Hence, any single laboratory test may not be sufficient to evaluate expected service performance. This test method describes one well characterized procedure for solid particle impingement erosion measurement for which interlaboratory test results are available. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determi...

  3. Experiments and simulations of gas-solid flow in an airlift loop reactor

    Chaoyu Yan; Chunxi Lu; Yiping Fan; Rui Cao; Yansheng Liu


    The hydrodynamics in a gas-solid airlift loop reactor was investigated systematically using experimental measurements and CFD simulation. In the experiments, the time averaged parameters, such as solid fraction and particle velocity, were measured by optical fiber probe. In the simulation, the modified Gidaspow drag model accounting for the interparticles clustering was incorporated into the Eulerian-Eulerian CFD model with particulate-phase kinetic theory. Predicted values of solid fraction and particle velocity were compared with experimental results, validating the drag model and the simulation. The results show that the profiles of particle velocity and solid fraction are uniform in annulus. However, the core-annulus structure appears in other three regions (draft tube region, bottom region and particle diffiuence region),which presents the similar heterogeneous feature of aggregative fiuidization usually occurred in normal fiuidized beds. Simulated profiles of panicle residence time distribution indicate that the airlift loop reactor should be characterized by near perfect mixing.

  4. Lagrangian simulation of deposition of CO2 gas-solid sudden expansion flow


    Freezing and blockage resulting from the deposition of solid CO2 formed because of sudden expansion of the downstream pipe during the release of CO2 through safety valves,will endanger the protected equipment.To overcome this problem,the characteristics of the CO2 gas-solid sudden expansion flow are studied by using the disperse Lagrangian model.A comparison of the calculated deposition of the solid CO2 with the experimental results shows that they are in reasonable agreement.The simulation results show that the size of the solid CO2 formed should not be in the range of 0.04-0.07 mm (St number 3.2-9.8).This can be achieved by using an appropriate flow cross section of the safety valve.

  5. Runtime and Pressurization Analyses of Propellant Tanks

    Field, Robert E.; Ryan, Harry M.; Ahuja, Vineet; Hosangadi, Ashvin; Lee, Chung P.


    Multi-element unstructured CFD has been utilized at NASA SSC to carry out analyses of propellant tank systems in different modes of operation. The three regimes of interest at SSC include (a) tank chill down (b) tank pressurization and (c) runtime propellant draw-down and purge. While tank chill down is an important event that is best addressed with long time-scale heat transfer calculations, CFD can play a critical role in the tank pressurization and runtime modes of operation. In these situations, problems with contamination of the propellant by inclusion of the pressurant gas from the ullage causes a deterioration of the quality of the propellant delivered to the test article. CFD can be used to help quantify the mixing and propellant degradation. During tank pressurization under some circumstances, rapid mixing of relatively warm pressurant gas with cryogenic propellant can lead to rapid densification of the gas and loss of pressure in the tank. This phenomenon can cause serious problems during testing because of the resulting decrease in propellant flow rate. With proper physical models implemented, CFD can model the coupling between the propellant and pressurant including heat transfer and phase change effects and accurately capture the complex physics in the evolving flowfields. This holds the promise of allowing the specification of operational conditions and procedures that could minimize the undesirable mixing and heat transfer inherent in propellant tank operation. It should be noted that traditional CFD modeling is inadequate for such simulations because the fluids in the tank are in a range of different sub-critical and supercritical states and elaborate phase change and mixing rules have to be developed to accurately model the interaction between the ullage gas and the propellant. We show a typical run-time simulation of a spherical propellant tank, containing RP-1 in this case, being pressurized with room-temperature nitrogen at 540 R. Nitrogen

  6. Power and temperature control of fluctuating biomass gas fueled solid oxide fuel cell and micro gas turbine hybrid system

    Kaneko, T.; Brouwer, J.; Samuelsen, G. S.

    This paper addresses how the power and temperature are controlled in a biomass gas fueled solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and micro gas turbine (MGT) hybrid system. A SOFC and MGT dynamic model are developed and used to simulate the hybrid system performance operating on biomass gas. The transient behavior of both the SOFC and MGT are discussed in detail. An unstable power output is observed when the system is fed biomass gas. This instability is due to the fluctuation of gas composition in the fuel. A specially designed fuel controller succeeded not only in allowing the hybrid system to follow a step change of power demand from 32 to 35 kW, but also stably maintained the system power output at 35 kW. In addition to power control, fuel cell temperature is controlled by introduction and use of a bypass valve around the recuperator. By releasing excess heat to the exhaust, the bypass valve provided the control means to avoid the self-exciting behavior of system temperature and stabilized the temperature of SOFC at 850 °C.

  7. Gas-dynamic modeling of gas flow in semi-closed space including channel surface fluctuation

    Petrova, E. N.; Salnikov, A. F.


    In this article frequency interaction conditions, that affect on acoustic stability of solid-propellant rocket engine (SPRE) action, and its influence on level change of pressure fluctuations with longitudinal gas oscillations in the combustion chamber (CC) are considered. Studies of CC in the assessment of the operating rocket engine stability are reported.

  8. Feasibility of gas/solid carboligation: conversion of benzaldehyde to benzoin using thiamine diphosphate-dependent enzymes.

    Mikolajek, R; Spiess, A C; Büchs, J


    A carboligation was investigated for the first time as an enzymatic gas phase reaction, where benzaldehyde was converted to benzoin using thiamine diphosphate (ThDP)-dependent enzymes, namely benzaldehyde lyase (BAL) and benzoylformate decarboxylase (BFD). The biocatalyst was immobilized per deposition on non-porous support. Some limitations of the gas/solid biocatalysis are discussed based on this carboligation and it is also demonstrated that the solid/gas system is an interesting tool for more volatile products.

  9. Self-Propelled Leidenfrost Droplets

    Linke, H.; Alemán, B. J.; Melling, L. D.; Taormina, M. J.; Francis, M. J.; Dow-Hygelund, C. C.; Narayanan, V.; Taylor, R. P.; Stout, A.


    We report that liquids perform self-propelled motion when they are placed in contact with hot surfaces with asymmetric (ratchetlike) topology. The pumping effect is observed when the liquid is in the Leidenfrost regime (the film-boiling regime), for many liquids and over a wide temperature range. We propose that liquid motion is driven by a viscous force exerted by vapor flow between the solid and the liquid.

  10. Aircraft propeller control

    Day, Stanley G. (Inventor)


    In the invention, the speeds of both propellers in a counterrotating aircraft propeller pair are measured. Each speed is compared, using a feedback loop, with a demanded speed and, if actual speed does not equal demanded speed for either propeller, pitch of the proper propeller is changed in order to attain the demanded speed. A proportional/integral controller is used in the feedback loop. Further, phase of the propellers is measured and, if the phase does not equal a demanded phase, the speed of one propeller is changed, by changing pitch, until the proper phase is attained.

  11. Numerical evaluation of turbulence models for dense to dilute gas-solid flows in vertical conveyor

    Salar Azizi; Dariush Mowla; Goodarz Ahmadi


    A two-fluid model (TFM) of multiphase flows based on the kinetic theory and small frictional limit boundary condition of granular flow was used to study the behavior of dense to dilute gas-solid flows in vertical pneumatic conveyor.An axisymmetric 2-dimensional,vertical pipe with 5.6 m length and 0.01 m internal diameter was chosen as the computation domain,same to that used for experimentation in the literature.The chosen particles are spherical,of diameter 1.91 mm and density 2500 kg/m3.Turbulence interaction between the gas and particle phases was investigated by Simonin's and Ahmadi's models and their numerical results were validated for dilute to dense conveying of particles.Flow regimes transition and pressure drop were predicted.Voidage and velocity profiles of each phase were calculated in radial direction at different lengths of the conveying pipe.It was found that the voidage has a minimum,and gas and solid velocities have maximum values along the center line of the conveying pipe and pressure drop has a minimum value in transition from dense slugging to dilute stable flow regime.Slug length and pressure fluctuation reduction were predicted with increasing gas velocity,too.It is shown that solid phase turbulence plays a significant role in numerical prediction of hydrodynamics of conveyor and the capability of particles turbulence models depends on tuning parameters of slip-wall boundary condition.

  12. Numerical Simulations of the Decaying Process of Solid Propellant Relaxation Modulus Based on Single Cell Models%基于单胞体模型的复合固体推进剂松弛模量衰减过程数值模拟



    To research the decrement of solid propellant relaxation modulus, the single cell model is established based on the components of a solid propellant.According to the solid propellant relaxation modulus which obtained under 5% strain load, the binder relaxation modulus is inversed by the FEM and homogenization theory.On this basis, the relaxation modulus of the solid propellant are studied when the solid propellant under different strain loads, and the drawing process of the solid propellant is computed. The variation of relaxation modulus in the drawing process of the solid propellant is obtained based on Bo-ltzmann superposition principle and the generalized Hooke law.The results show that relaxation modulus of the composite solid propellant is dependent on its strain loads, and the decrement of relaxation modulus is dependent on the loading history in the drawing process.%为研究复合固体推进剂松弛模量的衰减,依据复合固体推进剂组分建立单胞体模型。根据复合固体推进剂5%定应变下的松弛模量,利用有限元计算方法和均匀化理论对基体材料的松弛模量进行参数反演。在此基础上,研究了复合固体推进剂单胞体模型在不同定应变水平下的松弛模量,并计算了单胞体模型的拉伸过程。根据 Boltzmann 叠加原理及广义胡克定律计算了单胞体模型拉伸过程中松弛模量的变化。结果表明,复合固体推进剂松弛模量有明显的应变相关性,并且在拉伸过程中模量的衰减与载荷历程相关。

  13. Greenhouse gas emissions from solid waste in Beijing: The rising trend and the mitigation effects by management improvements.

    Yu, Yongqiang; Zhang, Wen


    Disposal of solid waste poses great challenges to city managements. Changes in solid waste composition and disposal methods, along with urbanisation, can certainly affect greenhouse gas emissions from municipal solid waste. In this study, we analysed the changes in the generation, composition and management of municipal solid waste in Beijing. The changes of greenhouse gas emissions from municipal solid waste management were thereafter calculated. The impacts of municipal solid waste management improvements on greenhouse gas emissions and the mitigation effects of treatment techniques of greenhouse gas were also analysed. Municipal solid waste generation in Beijing has increased, and food waste has constituted the most substantial component of municipal solid waste over the past decade. Since the first half of 1950s, greenhouse gas emission has increased from 6 CO2-eq Gg y(-1)to approximately 200 CO2-eq Gg y(-1)in the early 1990s and 2145 CO2-eq Gg y(-1)in 2013. Landfill gas flaring, landfill gas utilisation and energy recovery in incineration are three techniques of the after-emission treatments in municipal solid waste management. The scenario analysis showed that three techniques might reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 22.7%, 4.5% and 9.8%, respectively. In the future, if waste disposal can achieve a ratio of 4:3:3 by landfill, composting and incineration with the proposed after-emission treatments, as stipulated by the Beijing Municipal Waste Management Act, greenhouse gas emissions from municipal solid waste will decrease by 41%.

  14. Density-functional theory of a lattice-gas model with vapour, liquid, and solid phases

    Prestipino, S.; Giaquinta, P. V.


    We use the classical version of the density-functional theory in the weighted-density approximation to build up the entire phase diagram and the interface structure of a two-dimensional lattice-gas model which is known, from previous studies, to possess three stable phases -- solid, liquid, and vapour. Following the common practice, the attractive part of the potential is treated in a mean-field-like fashion, although with different prescriptions for the solid and the fluid phases. It turns o...

  15. 10th international conference on gas-liquid and gas-liquid-solid reactor engineering preface

    J.A. Teixeira; Vicente, A. A.; Middelberg, A.P.J


    Following the success of the nine previous conferences on Gas–Liquid and Gas–Liquid–Solid reactor Engineering which were held at Columbus, OH, USA (1992), Cambridge, UK (1995), Kanagawa, Japan (1997), Delft, The Netherlands (1999), Melbourne, Australia (2001), Vancouver, Canada (2003), Strasbourg, France (2005), New Delhi, India (2007) and Montreal, Canada (2009) the tenth conference with the same theme is being held in Braga, Portugal, from 26 to 29 June 2011. This conference will cover all ...

  16. Effect of particle inertia on fluid turbulence in gas-solid disperse flow

    Mito, Yoichi


    The effect of particle inertia on the fluid turbulence in gas-solid disperse flow through a vertical channel has been examined by using a direct numerical simulation, to calculate the gas velocities seen by the particles, and a simplified non-stationary flow model, in which a uniform distribution of solid spheres of density ratio of 1000 are added into the fully-developed turbulent gas flow in an infinitely wide channel. The gas flow is driven downward with a constant pressure gradient. The frictional Reynolds number defined with the frictional velocity before the addition of particles, v0*, is 150. The feedback forces are calculated using a point force method. Particle diameters of 0.95, 1.3 and 1.9, which are made dimensionless with v0* and the kinematic viscosity, and volume fractions, ranging from 1 ×10-4 to 2 ×10-3 , in addition to the one-way coupling cases, are considered. Gravitational effect is not clearly seen where the fluid turbulence is damped by feedback effect. Gas flow rate increases with the decrease in particle inertia, that causes the increase in feedback force. Fluid turbulence decreases with the increase in particle inertia, that causes the increase in diffusivity of feedback force and of fluid turbulence. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 26420097.

  17. Effect of Oxidizing Medium on Synthesis Gas Content at Solid Fuel Gasification

    Korotkikh Alexander


    Full Text Available Solid fuel gasification is promising technology in sphere of clean energy. The synthesis gas content for air-blown fixed bed gasification may be defined using Gibbs free energy minimization procedure. The minimization procedure was realized via steepest descent method. The feed consisted of steam, air and coal at standard conditions. The temperature and gas content were calculated at different ratios of coal/steam/air. It was found that optimal syngas content resulted at component ratio of 1.0/0.5/2.2 with the ambient temperature of 1300 K and syngas heating power of 7.7 kJ/m3.

  18. Numerical simulation of gas-solid flow in an interconnected fluidized bed

    Canneto Giuseppe


    Full Text Available The gas-particles flow in an interconnected bubbling fluidized cold model is simulated using a commercial CFD package by Ansys. Conservation equations of mass and momentum are solved using the Eulerian granular multiphase model. Bubbles formation and their paths are analyzed to investigate the behaviour of the bed at different gas velocities. Experimental tests, carried out by the cold model, are compared with simulation runs to study the fluidization quality and to estimate the circulation of solid particles in the bed.

  19. Integration of A Solid Oxide Fuel Cell into A 10 MW Gas Turbine Power Plant

    Denver F. Cheddie


    Full Text Available Power generation using gas turbine power plants operating on the Brayton cycle suffers from low efficiencies. In this work, a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC is proposed for integration into a 10 MW gas turbine power plant, operating at 30% efficiency. The SOFC system utilizes four heat exchangers for heat recovery from both the turbine outlet and the fuel cell outlet to ensure a sufficiently high SOFC temperature. The power output of the hybrid plant is 37 MW at 66.2% efficiency. A thermo-economic model predicts a payback period of less than four years, based on future projected SOFC cost estimates.

  20. Thermodynamic Performance Study of Biomass Gasification, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Micro Gas Turbine Hybrid Systems

    Bang-Møller, Christian; Rokni, Masoud


    A system level modelling study of three combined heat and power systems based on biomass gasification is presented. Product gas is converted in a micro gas turbine (MGT) in the first system, in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) in the second system and in a combined SOFC–MGT arrangement in the third...... system. An electrochemical model of the SOFC has been developed and calibrated against published data from Topsoe Fuel Cells A/S and the Risø National Laboratory. The modelled gasifier is based on an up scaled version (~500 kW_th) of the demonstrated low tar gasifier, Viking, situated at the Technical...

  1. Numerical Simulation of Gas-Liquid-Solid Three-Phase Flow in Deep Wells

    Jianyu Xie


    Full Text Available A gas-liquid-solid flow model which considers the effect of the cuttings on the pressure drop is established for the annulus flow in the deep wells in this paper, based on which a numerical code is developed to calculate the thermal and flow quantities such as temperature and pressure distributions. The model is validated by field data, and its performance is compared with several commercial software. The effects of some important parameters, such as well depth, gas kick, cuttings, and drilling fluid properties, on the temperature and pressure distributions are studied.

  2. Biological phenol degradation in a gas-liquid-solid fluidized bed reactor.

    Wisecarver, K D; Fan, L S


    Biological phenol degradation was performed experimentally in a gas-liquid-solid fluidized bed bioreactor using a mixed culture of living cells immobilized on activated carbon particles. A comprehensive model was developed for this system utilizing double-substrate limiting kinetics. The model was used to simulate the effects of changing inlet phenol concentration and biofilm thickness on the rate of biodegradation for two different types of support particles. The model shows that gas-liquid mass transfer is the limiting step in the rate of phenol biodegradation when the phenol loading is high.

  3. Analysis of Gas Leakage and Current Loss of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells by Screen Printing

    Jia, Chuan; Han, Minfang; Chen, Ming


    calculated. Their performances of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were compared and distribution function of relaxation times (DRT) technique was also used to find the clue of gas leakage. Finally, thinning and penetrating holes were observed in electrolyte layer, which confirmed the occurrence......Two types of anode supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) NiO-YSZ/YSZ/GDC/LSCF with the same structure and different manufacturing process were tested. Gas leakage was suspected for cells manufactured with screen printing technique. Effective leak current densities for both types of cells were...

  4. Quantum State-Resolved Reactive and Inelastic Scattering at Gas-Liquid and Gas-Solid Interfaces

    Grütter, Monika; Nelson, Daniel J.; Nesbitt, David J.


    Quantum state-resolved reactive and inelastic scattering at gas-liquid and gas-solid interfaces has become a research field of considerable interest in recent years. The collision and reaction dynamics of internally cold gas beams from liquid or solid surfaces is governed by two main processes, impulsive scattering (IS), where the incident particles scatter in a few-collisions environment from the surface, and trapping-desorption (TD), where full equilibration to the surface temperature (T{TD}≈ T{s}) occurs prior to the particles' return to the gas phase. Impulsive scattering events, on the other hand, result in significant rotational, and to a lesser extent vibrational, excitation of the scattered molecules, which can be well-described by a Boltzmann-distribution at a temperature (T{IS}>>T{s}). The quantum-state resolved detection used here allows the disentanglement of the rotational, vibrational, and translational degrees of freedom of the scattered molecules. The two examples discussed are (i) reactive scattering of monoatomic fluorine from room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) and (ii) inelastic scattering of benzene from a heated (˜500 K) gold surface. In the former experiment, rovibrational states of the nascent HF beam are detected using direct infrared absorption spectroscopy, and in the latter, a resonace-enhanced multi-photon-ionization (REMPI) scheme is employed in combination with a velocity-map imaging (VMI) device, which allows the detection of different vibrational states of benzene excited during the scattering process. M. E. Saecker, S. T. Govoni, D. V. Kowalski, M. E. King and G. M. Nathanson Science 252, 1421, 1991. A. M. Zolot, W. W. Harper, B. G. Perkins, P. J. Dagdigian and D. J. Nesbitt J. Chem. Phys 125, 021101, 2006. J. R. Roscioli and D. J. Nesbitt Faraday Disc. 150, 471, 2011.

  5. Thermodynamic simulation of biomass gas steam reforming for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC system

    A. Sordi


    Full Text Available This paper presents a methodology to simulate a small-scale fuel cell system for power generation using biomass gas as fuel. The methodology encompasses the thermodynamic and electrochemical aspects of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC, as well as solves the problem of chemical equilibrium in complex systems. In this case the complex system is the internal reforming of biomass gas to produce hydrogen. The fuel cell input variables are: operational voltage, cell power output, composition of the biomass gas reforming, thermodynamic efficiency, electrochemical efficiency, practical efficiency, the First and Second law efficiencies for the whole system. The chemical compositions, molar flows and temperatures are presented to each point of the system as well as the exergetic efficiency. For a molar water/carbon ratio of 2, the thermodynamic simulation of the biomass gas reforming indicates the maximum hydrogen production at a temperature of 1070 K, which can vary as a function of the biomass gas composition. The comparison with the efficiency of simple gas turbine cycle and regenerative gas turbine cycle shows the superiority of SOFC for the considered electrical power range.

  6. Investigation of a Gas-Solid Separation Process for Cement Raw Meal

    Maarup, Claus; Hjuler, Klaus; Clement, Karsten


    The gas/solid heat exchanger (2D-HX), developed to replace the cyclone preheaters in cement plants is presented. This design aims at reducing construction height and operation costs. The separation process in the 2D-HX is experimentally investigated, and the results show that separation efficienc......The gas/solid heat exchanger (2D-HX), developed to replace the cyclone preheaters in cement plants is presented. This design aims at reducing construction height and operation costs. The separation process in the 2D-HX is experimentally investigated, and the results show that separation...... efficiencies up to 90% can be achieved in the gravitationally driven process. Based on the data, a model of the separation process is developed, utilizing relations from pneumatic transport and cyclone theory. The model fit is acceptable, especially in the area of interest. Based on experimental data, further...

  7. A nanostructured surface increases friction exponentially at the solid-gas interface

    Phani, Arindam; Hawk, J E; Prashanthi, Kovur; Thundat, Thomas


    According to Stokes' law, a moving solid surface experiences dissipation that is linearly related to its velocity and the viscosity of the medium. This linear dependence on viscosity forms the basis for many characterization techniques for liquids. Unlike viscosities of different liquids, viscosities of gases vary only in a narrow range which limits their use as an effective characterization parameter using moving structures. Here we report experimental results of dissipation showing exponential dependence on viscosity for oscillating surfaces modified with nanostructures. The surface nanostructures alter solid-gas interplay greatly, amplifying the dissipation response exponentially for even minute variations in viscosity. Nanostructured resonator thus allows discrimination of otherwise narrow range of gaseous viscosity making it an ideal detection parameter for analysis. We attribute the observed exponential enhancement to the stochastic nature of interactions of many coupled nanostructures with the gas medi...

  8. Gas production in anaerobic dark-fermentation processes from agriculture solid waste

    Sriwuryandari, L.; Priantoro, E. A.; Sintawardani, N.


    Approximately, Bandung produces agricultural solid waste of 1549 ton/day. This wastes consist of wet-organic matter and can be used for bio-gas production. The research aimed to apply the available agricultural solid waste for bio-hydrogen. Biogas production was done by a serial of batches anaerobic fermentation using mix-culture bacteria as the active microorganism. Fermentation was carried out inside a 30 L bioreactor at room temperature. The analyzed parameters were of pH, total gas, temperature, and COD. Result showed that from 3 kg/day of organic wastes, various total gases of O2, CH4, H2, CO2, and CnHn,O2 was produced.

  9. Bed dynamics of gas-solid fluidized bed with rod promoter


    The dynamic characteristics of a gas-solid fluidized bed with different rod promoters have been investigated in terms of bed expansion and fluctuation, minimum fluidization velocity and distributor-to-bed pressure drop ratio at minimum fluidization velocity. Experimentation based on statistical design has been carried out and model equations using factorial design of experiments have been developed for the above mentioned quantities for a promoted gas-solid fluidized bed. The model equations have been tested with additional experimental data. The system variables include four types of rod promoters of varying blockage volume, bed particles of four sizes and four initial static bed heights. A comparison between the predicted values of the output variables using the proposed model equation with their corresponding experimental ones shows fairly good agreement.

  10. Liquid-gas-solid flows with lattice Boltzmann: Simulation of floating bodies

    Bogner, Simon


    This paper presents a model for the simulation of liquid-gas-solid flows by means of the lattice Boltzmann method. The approach is built upon previous works for the simulation of liquid-solid particle suspensions on the one hand, and on a liquid-gas free surface model on the other. We show how the two approaches can be unified by a novel set of dynamic cell conversion rules. For evaluation, we concentrate on the rotational stability of non-spherical rigid bodies floating on a plane water surface - a classical hydrostatic problem known from naval architecture. We show the consistency of our method in this kind of flows and obtain convergence towards the ideal solution for the measured heeling stability of a floating box.

  11. Moderate-temperature operable SO2 gas sensor based on Zr4+ ion conducting solid electrolyte

    Y. Uneme


    Full Text Available A solid electrolyte type sulfur dioxide (SO2 gas sensor that can operate at moderate temperatures was fabricated using Zr4+ ion conducting Zr39/40TaP2.9W0.1O12 solid electrolyte with 0.7La2O2SO4 − 0.3(0.8Li2SO4 + 0.2K2SO4 having a large surface area and Zr metal as the auxiliary sensing electrode and reference electrode, respectively. Since the present sensor showed a quantitative, reproducible and rapid response which obeys the theoretical Nernst relationship even at 400 °C, it is a potential on site SO2 gas sensing tool operable at moderate temperatures around 400 °C.

  12. In Situ Insight into Reversible O2 Gas-Solid Reactions

    Wegeberg, Christina


    to form μ-η1, η2-peroxide ligands. The attenuation of O2 affinity by the introduction of electron withdrawing or electron donating substituents into the supporting ligand framework, otherwise dominant in solution is overridden in the crystalline state. Here O2 affinity is tuned predominantly by phase......Non-porous crystalline solids containing a series of cationic tetracobalt complexes reversibly, selectively and stoichiometrically chemisorb dioxygen in temperature/O2 partial pressure induced processes involving the oxidation of cobalt with concurrent reduction of two equivalents of sorbed O2...... and a two-step gas sorption isotherm is apparent. By following in situ reversible single-crystal to single-crystal (SCSC) transformations using a gas-crystal cell and synchrotron X-ray radiation we can show that two distinctive channels through the crystalline solids are operative under sorption...


    J.H. Liu; J. Y. Zhang; S.K. Wei


    The present paper presents the structure, features and functions of a computerized system on kinetic analysis and evaluation of gas/solid reactions, KinPreGSR. KinPreGSR is a menu driven system, can be operated with MS Windows as workbench in a PC computer. It has been developed using visual C++ with FoxPro hybrid coding technique.KinPreGSR combines the characteristics of gas/solid reactions with the kinetic models as well as mass and heat transfer equations. The database files were established for the apparent activation energies of some reduction and decomposition reactions to allow the prediction of the reaction kinetics to some extents. Outputs can be displayed using graphical or numerical forms. Examples regarding the oxide reduction and carbonate decomposition under isothermal conditions are given to show those functions.

  14. System Study on Hydrothermal Gasification Combined with a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Gas Turbine

    Toonssen, Richard; Aravind, P.V.; Smit, Gerton; Woudstra, Nico; Verkooijen, Adrian


    Abstract The application of wet biomass in energy conversion systems is challenging, since in most conventional systems the biomass has to be dried. Drying can be very energy intensive especially when the biomass has a moisture content above 50 wt% on a wet basis. The combination of hydrothermal biomass gasification and a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) gas turbine (GT) hybrid system could be an efficient way to convert very wet biomass into electricity. Therefore, thermodynamic evalu...

  15. Numerical investigation of confined swirling gas-solid two phase jet


    This paper presents a k-ε-kp multi-fluid model for simulating confined swirling gas-solid two phase jet comprised of particle-laden flow from a center tube and a swirling air stream entering the test section from the coaxial annular. A series of numerical simulations of the two-phase flow of 30 μm, 45 μm, 60 μm diameter particles respectively yielded results fitting well with published experimental data.

  16. Numerical Simulation of Swirling Gas-solid Two Phase Flow through a Pipe Expansion

    Jin Hanhui; Xia Jun; Fan Jianren; Cen Kefa


    A k- ε -kp multi-fluid model is stated and adopted to simulate swirling gas-solid two phase flow. A particle-laden flow from a center tube and a swirling air stream from the coaxial annular enter the test section. A series of numerical simulations of the two-phase flow are performed based on 30 μ m, 45 μ m, 60 μ m diameter particles respectively. The results fit well with published experimental data.

  17. Numerical investigation of confined swirling gas-solid two phase jet

    金晗辉; 夏钧; 樊建人; 岑可法


    This paper presents a k-e-kp multi-fluid model for simulating confined swirling gas-solid two phase jet comprised of particle-laden flow from a center tube and a swirling air stream entering the test section from the coaxial annular. A series of numerical simulations of the two-phase flow of 30μm, 45μm, 60μm diameter particles respectively yielded results fitting well with published experimental data.

  18. Solid-state titania-based gas sensor for liquefied petroleum gas detection at room temperature

    B C Yadav; Anuradha Yadav; Tripti Shukla; Satyendra Singh


    This paper reports the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sensing of titanium dioxide (Qualigens, India). Scanning electron micrographs and X-ray diffraction studies of samples were done. SEM shows that the material is porous and has grapes-like morphology before exposure to the LPG. XRD patterns reveal the crystalline nature of the material. The crystallites sizes of the TiO2 were found in the range of 30–75 nm. Variations in resistance with exposure of LPG to the sensing element were observed. The average sensitivity for different volume percentages of gas was estimated. The maximum value of average sensitivity was 1.7 for higher vol.% of LPG. Percentage sensor response (%SR) as a function of time was calculated and its maximum value was 45%. Response time of the sensor was 70 s. The sensor was quite sensitive to LPG and results were found reproducible.

  19. 动能拦截器姿控固体小火箭点火算法设计%Ignition algorithm for attitude control solid-propellant nozzles in kinetic interceptor

    李广华; 张洪波; 汤国建


    使用固体姿控小火箭是实现动能拦截器快响应和高精度姿态控制的最佳方案之一。针对一种新型动能拦截器姿控小火箭布局,提出了点火组合混合搜索算法。描述了动能拦截器姿控小火箭的配置方案,分析了弹体自旋需求。设计了一种结合目标排序法和区间搜索法的点火组合混合搜索算法:当可用小火箭个数较少时,采用目标排序法;当可用小火箭个数较多时,采用区间搜索法。指令力矩近似仿真结果及姿态控制数值仿真结果表明:该算法能够有效地近似指令力矩,实现快速高精度的姿态跟踪。%Using solid-propellant nozzles is one of the best schemes for kinetic interceptor to realize the fast response and high precision of attitude control.A mixed searching algorithm for ignition combination was presented for a novel attitude control solid-propellant nozzle in kinetic interceptor.Firstly,the configuration of solid-propellant nozzles was described and spin requirements of the kinetic interceptor were analyzed.Then the mixed searching algorithm was designed by a combination of sorting method and interval searching method.Sorting method is selected when the number of available nozzles is small and interval searching method is chosen on the contrary.Results of instruction torque approximation simulation and attitude control numerical simulation suggest that the algorithm can track the instruction torque effectively and achieve attitude tracking quickly and with a high precision.

  20. Solid sorbents for removal of carbon dioxide from gas streams at low temperatures

    Sirwardane, Ranjani V.


    New low-cost CO.sub.2 sorbents are provided that can be used in large-scale gas-solid processes. A new method is provided for making these sorbents that involves treating substrates with an amine and/or an ether so that the amine and/or ether comprise at least 50 wt. percent of the sorbent. The sorbent acts by capturing compounds contained in gaseous fluids via chemisorption and/or physisorption between the unit layers of the substrate's lattice where the polar amine liquids and solids and/or polar ether liquids and solids are located. The method eliminates the need for high surface area supports and polymeric materials for the preparation of CO.sub.2 capture systems, and provides sorbents with absorption capabilities that are independent of the sorbents' surface areas. The sorbents can be regenerated by heating at temperatures in excess of C.

  1. Solid Sorbents for Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Gas Streams at Low Temperatures

    Sirwardane, Ranjani V.


    New low-cost CO2 sorbents are provided that can be used in large-scale gas-solid processes. A new method is provided for making these sorbents that involves treating substrates with an amine and/or an ether so that the amine and/or ether comprise at least 50 wt. percent of the sorbent. The sorbent acts by capturing compounds contained in gaseous fluids via chemisorption and/or physisorption between the unit layers of the substrate's lattice where the polar amine liquids and solids and/or polar ether liquids and solids are located. The method eliminates the need for high surface area supports and polymeric materials for the preparation of CO2 capture systems, and provides sorbents with absorption capabilities that are independent of the sorbents' surface areas. The sorbents can be regenerated by heating at temperatures in excess of 35 degrees C.

  2. A cheap gas-liquid-solid method for nanodeposition of iron on the surface of flaky graphite powder.

    Chen, Yuan; Meng, Xianwei; Tang, Fangqiong; Ren, Jun


    A cheap gas-liquid-solid method to prepare a nanodeposition of iron on the surface of a micrometer-size flaky graphite powder is described. This method is suited not only for spherical, but also nonspherical small substrates. The method is only a one-step process, in which decomposition of iron pentacarbonyl is induced by nitrogen gas in a 90 degrees C reactor. This synthetic route simplifies the operation procedure and manufacturing equipment, and decreases the reaction temperature, compared with conventional liquid-solid-phase methods and gas-solid-phase methods.

  3. Non-intrusive measurement and hydrodynamics characterization of gas-solid fluidized beds: a review

    Sun, Jingyuan; Yan, Yong


    Gas-solid fluidization is a well-established technique to suspend or transport particles and has been applied in a variety of industrial processes. Nevertheless, our knowledge of fluidization hydrodynamics is still limited for the design, scale-up and operation optimization of fluidized bed reactors. It is, therefore, essential to characterize the two-phase flow behaviours in gas-solid fluidized beds and monitor the fluidization processes for control and optimization. A range of non-intrusive techniques have been developed or proposed for measuring the fluidization dynamic parameters and monitoring the flow status without disturbing or distorting the flow fields. This paper presents a comprehensive review of the non-intrusive measurement techniques and the current state of knowledge and experience in the characterization and monitoring of gas-solid fluidized beds. These techniques are classified into six main categories as per sensing principles, electrostatic, acoustic emission and vibration, visualization, particle tracking, laser Doppler anemometry and phase Doppler anemometry as well as pressure-fluctuation methods. Trends and future developments in this field are also discussed.

  4. Study of Parameters Effect on Hydrodynamics of a Gas-Solid Chamber Experimentally and Numerically

    Rahimzadeh Hassan


    Full Text Available In this research, gas velocity, initial static bed height and particle size effect on hydrodynamics of a non-reactive gas–solid fluidized bed chamber were studied experimentally and computationally. A multi fluid Eulerian model incorporating the kinetic theory for solid particles was applied to simulate the unsteady state behavior of this chamber and momentum exchange coefficients were calculated by using the Syamlal- O’Brien drag functions. Simulation results were compared with the experimental data in order to validate the CFD model. Pressure drops predicted by the simulations at different particle sizes and initial static bed height were in good agreement with experimental measurements at superficial gas velocity higher than the minimum fluidization velocity. Simulation results also indicated that small bubbles were produced at the bottom of the bed. These bubbles collided with each other as they moved upwards forming larger bubbles. Furthermore, this comparison showed that the model can predict hydrodynamic behavior of gas solid fluidized bed chambers reasonably well.


    Muhammad; M.; R.; Qureshi; Chao; Zhu; Chao-Hsin; Lin; Liang-Shih; Fan


    A three-dimensional simulation study is performed for investigating the hydrodynamic behaviors of a cross-flow liquid nitrogen spray injected into an air-fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) riser of rectangular cross-section. Rectangular nozzles with a fixed aspect ratio but different fan angles are used for the spray feeding. While our numerical simulation reveals a generic three-phase flow structure with strong three-phase interactions under rapid vaporization of sprays, this paper tends to focus on the study of the effect of nozzle fan angle on the spray coverage as well as vapor flux distribution by spray vaporization inside the riser flow. The gas-solid (air-FCC) flow is simulated using the multi-fluid method while the evaporating sprays (liquid nitrogen) are calculated using the Lagrangian trajectory method, with a strong two-way coupling between the Eulerian gas-solid flow and the Lagrangian trajectories of spray. Our simulation shows that the spray coverage is basically dominated by the spray fan angle. The spray fan angle has a very minor effect on spray penetration. The spray vaporization flux per unit area of spray coverage is highly non-linearly distributed along the spray penetration. The convection of gas-solid flow in a riser leads to a significant downward deviation of vapor generated by droplet vaporization, causing a strong recirculating wake region in the immediate downstream area of the spray.

  6. CFD simulation of a gas-solid fluidized bed with two vertical jets

    Pei Pei; Kai Zhang; Jintian Ren; Dongsheng Wen; Guiying Wu


    A computational fluid dynamics(CFD)model is used to investigate the hydrodynamics of a gas-solid fluidized bed with two vertical jets.Sand particles with a density of 2660 kg/m3 and a diameter of5.0 × 10-4 m are employed as the solid phase.Numerical computation is carried out in a 0.57 m × 1.00 m two-dimensional bed using a commercial CFD code.CFX 4.4,together with user-defined Fortran subrou-tines.The applicability of the CFD model is validated by predicting the bed pressure drop in a bubbling fluidized bed,and the jet detachment time and equivalent bubble diameter in a fluidized bed with a single jet.Subsequently,the model is used to explore the hydrodynamics of two vertical jets in a fluidized bed.The computational results reveal three flow patterns,isolated,merged and transitional jets,depending on the nozzle separation distance and jet gas velocity and influencing significantly the solid circulation pattern.The jet penetration depth is found to increase with increasing jet gas velocity,and can be predicted reasonably well by the correlations of Hang et al.(2003)for isolated jets and of Yang and Keairns(1979)for interacting jets.

  7. Possibilities of mercury removal in the dry flue gas cleaning lines of solid waste incineration units.

    Svoboda, Karel; Hartman, Miloslav; Šyc, Michal; Pohořelý, Michael; Kameníková, Petra; Jeremiáš, Michal; Durda, Tomáš


    Dry methods of the flue gas cleaning (for HCl and SO2 removal) are useful particularly in smaller solid waste incineration units. The amount and forms of mercury emissions depend on waste (fuel) composition, content of mercury and chlorine and on the entire process of the flue gas cleaning. In the case of high HCl/total Hg molar ratio in the flue gas, the majority (usually 70-90%) of mercury is present in the form of HgCl2 and a smaller amount in the form of mercury vapors at higher temperatures. Removal of both main forms of mercury from the flue gas is dependent on chemical reactions and sorption processes at the temperatures below approx. 340 °C. Significant part of HgCl2 and a small part of elemental Hg vapors can be adsorbed on fly ash and solid particle in the air pollution control (APC) processes, which are removed in dust filters. Injection of non-impregnated active carbon (AC) or activated lignite coke particles is able to remove mainly the oxidized Hg(2+) compounds. Vapors of metallic Hg(o) are adsorbed relatively weakly. Much better chemisorption of Hg(o) together with higher sorbent capacity is achieved by AC-based sorbents impregnated with sulfur, alkali poly-sulfides, ferric chloride, etc. Inorganic sorbents with the same or similar chemical impregnation are also applicable for deeper Hg(o) removal (over 85%). SCR catalysts convert part of Hg(o) into oxidized compounds (HgO, HgCl2, etc.) contributing to more efficient Hg removal, but excess of NH3 has a negative effect. Both forms, elemental Hg(o) and HgCl2, can be converted into HgS particles by reacting with droplets/aerosol of poly-sulfides solutions/solids in flue gas. Mercury captured in the form of water insoluble HgS is more advantageous in the disposal of solid waste from APC processes. Four selected options of the dry flue gas cleaning with mercury removal are analyzed, assessed and compared (in terms of efficiency of Hg-emission reduction and costs) with wet methods and retrofits for more

  8. Modelling Gas Adsorption in Porous Solids: Roles of Surface Chemistry and Pore Architecture

    Satyanarayana Bonakala; Sundaram Balasubramanian


    Modelling the adsorption of small molecule gases such as N2 , CH4 and CO2 in porous solids can provide valuable insights for the development of next generation materials. Employing a grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation code developed in our group, the adsorption isotherms of CH4 and CO2 in many metal organic frameworks have been calculated and compared with experimental results. The isotherms computed within a force field approach are able to well reproduce the experimental data. Key functional groups in the solids which interact with gas molecules and the nature of their interactions have been identified. The most favorable interaction sites for CH4 and CO2 in the framework solids are located in the linkers which are directed towards the pores. The structure of a perfluorinated conjugated microporous polymer has been modelled and it is predicted to take up 10% more CO2 than its hydrogenated counterpart. In addition, the vibrational, orientational and diffusive properties of CO2 adsorbed in the solids have been examined using molecular dynamics simulations. Intermolecular modes of such adsorbed species exhibit a blue shift with increasing gas pressure.

  9. A Study of Boat and Boat Propeller-Related Injuries in the United States, 1991-1992


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  10. 固体推进剂配方优化设计方法及其软件系统%Optimization Design Method of Solid Propellant Formulation and Its Software System



    概述了固体推进剂配方优化设计的进展及常用的优化方法,重点介绍了模式搜索法和遗传算法优化原理,通过一些典型实例介绍了具体优化计算方法。该优化方法和优化设计软件包(SPOD)可用于火炸药、化学及高分子材料配方优化设计中。附参考文献41篇。%The formulation optimization design progress and general optimization method of solid propellant were overviewed.The pattern search method and genetic algorithm optimization principle were mainly introduced.The particular optimization calculation method was introduced through some typical examples.The optimization method and optimization design software package (SPOD)can be used in formulation optimization design of explosives,gun propellants,chemical and polymer materials.The paper attached to the 41 references.

  11. Dramatically different kinetics and mechanism at solid/liquid and solid/gas interfaces for catalytic isopropanol oxidation over size-controlled platinum nanoparticles.

    Wang, Hailiang; Sapi, Andras; Thompson, Christopher M; Liu, Fudong; Zherebetskyy, Danylo; Krier, James M; Carl, Lindsay M; Cai, Xiaojun; Wang, Lin-Wang; Somorjai, Gabor A


    We synthesize platinum nanoparticles with controlled average sizes of 2, 4, 6, and 8 nm and use them as model catalysts to study isopropanol oxidation to acetone in both the liquid and gas phases at 60 °C. The reaction at the solid/liquid interface is 2 orders of magnitude slower than that at the solid/gas interface, while catalytic activity increases with the size of platinum nanoparticles for both the liquid-phase and gas-phase reactions. The activation energy of the gas-phase reaction decreases with the platinum nanoparticle size and is in general much higher than that of the liquid-phase reaction which is largely insensitive to the size of catalyst nanoparticles. Water substantially promotes isopropanol oxidation in the liquid phase. However, it inhibits the reaction in the gas phase. The kinetic results suggest different mechanisms between the liquid-phase and gas-phase reactions, correlating well with different orientations of IPA species at the solid/liquid interface vs the solid/gas interface as probed by sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy under reaction conditions and simulated by computational calculations.

  12. Comparing the catalytic oxidation of ethanol at the solid-gas and solid-liquid interfaces over size-controlled Pt nanoparticles: striking differences in kinetics and mechanism.

    Sapi, Andras; Liu, Fudong; Cai, Xiaojun; Thompson, Christopher M; Wang, Hailiang; An, Kwangjin; Krier, James M; Somorjai, Gabor A


    Pt nanoparticles with controlled size (2, 4, and 6 nm) are synthesized and tested in ethanol oxidation by molecular oxygen at 60 °C to acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide both in the gas and liquid phases. The turnover frequency of the reaction is ∼80 times faster, and the activation energy is ∼5 times higher at the gas-solid interface compared to the liquid-solid interface. The catalytic activity is highly dependent on the size of the Pt nanoparticles; however, the selectivity is not size sensitive. Acetaldehyde is the main product in both media, while twice as much carbon dioxide was observed in the gas phase compared to the liquid phase. Added water boosts the reaction in the liquid phase; however, it acts as an inhibitor in the gas phase. The more water vapor was added, the more carbon dioxide was formed in the gas phase, while the selectivity was not affected by the concentration of the water in the liquid phase. The differences in the reaction kinetics of the solid-gas and solid-liquid interfaces can be attributed to the molecular orientation deviation of the ethanol molecules on the Pt surface in the gas and liquid phases as evidenced by sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy.

  13. Theoretical Study on the Effect of Dibutyl Phthalate on the Generation of Combustible Gas in the Combustion of Propellant%DBP对发射药燃烧可燃气体产物影响的理论研究

    郑文芳; 郭长平; 蔺向阳; 潘仁明


    采用最小自由能算法理论研究了邻苯二甲酸二丁酯(DBP)对单基发射药燃烧生成可燃气体产物的影响规律,并利用定容燃烧试验对理论研究结果进行了验证.结果表明,配方中DBP含量超过某一临界值时,发射药燃烧会有固态游离碳生成;可燃气体的生成量随着DBP含量的升高先逐渐增加,并在DBP含量临界值时(生成游离碳)达到最大值,然后逐渐降低;当DBP含量低于临界值时,提高硝化纤维素的含氮量,可减少可燃气体生成量;当DBP含量高于临界值时,提高硝化纤维素含氮量和降低燃烧平衡压力,会增加可燃气体生成量;理论研究结果与实验结果较一致.建立了发射药燃烧游离碳生成的DBP含量临界值与硝化纤维素含氮量、燃烧平衡压力之间的关系函数.%Effects of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) on combustible gas products of single-base propellant were studied by computational method of minimum free energy, and the computational results were verified through closed vessel experiments. The results show that the combustion of propellant can generate free carbon residue when the DBP content in propellant exceeds a critical value. As the DBP content in propellant increases, the yield of combustible gas increases, and reaches a maximum at the DBP critical content, then decreases. When the DBP content is lower than the critical content, the amounts of combustible gas can be decreased with the increase of the nitrogen content of nitrocellulose. While the DBP content is higher than the critical content, the amounts of combustible gas can be increased as the descent of combustion equilibrium pressure or heightening of nitrogen content of nitrocellulose. The computational results and experimental results are consistent. In addition, the function of the DBP critical content and the nitrogen content of nitrocellulose, combustion pressure is established based on the computational results.

  14. Study of Solids and Gas Distribution in Spouted Bed Operated In Stable and Unstable Conditions

    Alwan, G. M.,


    Full Text Available A spouted bed is a special case of fluidization. It is an effective means of contacting gas with coarse solid particles. Spouted beds should be designed and operated to overcome performance instability and improves the uniform distribution of particles. Steady-state measurements were carried out in the 0.152 m ID cylindrical spouted bed made of Plexiglas that used 60° conical shape spout-air bed. The evaluation of solid and gas holdup in the two regions of spouted bed at stable and an unstable condition was performed using optical probe. The comparison of the radial profiles at the two conditions showed that the variation was in the spout region. The annulus region had similar profiles in both the condition as it acts as a loose packed bed, moving slowly downward. Stable bed was obtained at low gas velocity of 0.74 m/s and instability of spouting was observed at high gas velocity of 1.4 m/s. The beads can fluidize homogenously at stable conditions, while pulsation of the bed was appeared at unstable spout. Different flow regimes and characteristics can be obtained with minor variations in geometry or operating conditions.

  15. Solid electrolyte gas sensors based on cyclic voltammetry with one active electrode

    Jasinski, G; Jasinski, P, E-mail: [Gdansk University of Technology, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunication and Informatics, Narutowicza 11/12, 80-233 Gdansk (Poland)


    Solid state gas sensors are cost effective, small, rugged and reliable. Typically electrochemical solid state sensors operate in either potentiometric or amperometric mode. However, a lack of selectivity is sometimes a shortcoming of such sensors. It seems that improvements of selectivity can be obtained in case of the electrocatalytic sensors, which operate in cyclic voltammetry mode. Their working principle is based on acquisition of an electric current, while voltage ramp is applied to the sensor. The current-voltage response depends in a unique way on the type and concentration of ambient gas. Most electrocatalytic sensors have symmetrical structure. They are in a form of pellets with two electrodes placed on their opposite sides. Electrochemical reactions occur simultaneously on both electrodes. In this paper results for sensors with only one active electrode exposed to ambient gas are presented. The other electrode was isolated from ambient gas with dielectric sealing. This sensor construction allows application of advanced measuring procedures, which permit sensor regeneration acceleration. Experiments were conducted on Nasicon sensors. Properties of two sensors, one with one active electrode and second with symmetrical structure, used for the detection of mixtures of NO{sub 2} and synthetic air are compared.

  16. Greenhouse gas emissions from two-stage landfilling of municipal solid waste

    Zhang, Yuanyuan; Yue, Dongbei; Nie, Yongfeng


    Simulations were conducted to investigate greenhouse gas emissions from aerobic pretreatment and subsequent landfilling. The flows in carbon balance, such as gas, leachate, and solid phases, were considered in the simulations. The total amount of CO2 eq. decreased as organic removal efficiency (ORE) increased. At ORE values of 0, 0.30, 0.41, and 0.54, the total amounts of CO2 eq. were 2614, 2326, 2075, and 1572 kg CO2 eq. per one ton dry matter, respectively; gas accounted for the main contribution to the total amount. The reduction in CO2 eq. from leachate was the primary positive contribution, accounting for 356%, 174%, and 100% of total reduction at ORE values of 0.30, 0.41, and 0.54, respectively. The CO2 eq. from energy consumption was the negative contribution to total reduction, but this contribution is considerably lower than that from gas. Aerobic pretreatment shortened the lag time of biogas production by 74.1-97.0%, and facilitated the transfer of organic carbon in solid waste from uncontrolled biogas and highly polluting leachate to aerobically generated CO2.

  17. Characterization of booster-rocket propellants and their simulants

    Weirick, L.J.


    A series of shock-loading experiments on a composite and an energietic propellant and there simulants was conducted on a light-gas gun. The initial objectives were to obtain Hugoniot data, to investigate the pressure threshold at which a reaction occurs, and to measure spall threshold at various impact velocities. The Hugoniot data measured for the propellants fit the Hugoniot curves provided by the manufacturer of the propellants extremely well and the Hugoniot curves developed for the simulants matched those of the propellants. Threshold pressures to initiate reactions in the composite and energetic propellants were found to be 40 and 3 kbars, respectively. In spall tests, the composite propellant and its simulant exhibited spall strengths around 0.25 and 0.18 kbar, respectively. The energetic propellant and its simulant were somewhat stronger with spall strengths just above 0.33 and 0.22 kbar. 12 refs., 6 figs., 6 tabs.

  18. Effect of promoters on dynamics of gas-solid fluidized bed-Statistical and ANN approaches


    In this study, a bubbling fluidized bed column, 99 mm in inside diameter and 960 mm in height, was used to investigate the effect of rod and disc promoters on fluctuation and expansion ratios. Factorial design (statistical approach) and artificial neural network (ANN) models were developed to predict the fluctuation and expansion ratios in this gas-solid fluidized bed with varying gas flow rates, bed heights, particle sizes and densities. The fluctuation and expansion predicted using these statistical and ANN models, for beds with and without promoters, were found to agree well with corresponding experiments. The statistical model was found to be superior to the ANN model due to its ability to take into account both individual and interactive effects. The rod promoters were found to be more effective in reducing bed fluctuation, and in increasing bed expansion at high gas mass velocities.

  19. In situ measurement of gas-solid interactions in astrophysical dust & planetary analogues

    Thompson, S. P.; Parker, J. E.; Day, S. J.; Evans, A.; Tang, C. C.


    Facilities for studying gas-solid interactions on beamline I11 at the Diamond Light Source are described. Sample evolution in low and high gas pressure capillary cells (1 × 10-7 to 100 bar) with non-contact cooling and heating (80 to 1273 K) can be monitored structurally (X-rays) and spectroscopically (Raman). First results on the dehydration of MgSO4.7H2O, the formation of CO2 clathrate hydrate and the reaction of amorphous CaSiO3 grains with CO2 gas to form CaCO3 are presented to demonstrate the application of these cells to laboratory investigations involving the processing of cosmic dust simulants and planetary materials analogues.

  20. Control oriented modeling of ejector in anode gas recirculation solid oxygen fuel cell systems

    Zhu Yinhai, E-mail: [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Li Yanzhong, E-mail: [School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Cai Wenjian [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)


    A one-equation model is proposed for fuel ejector in anode gas recirculation solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system. Firstly, the fundamental governing equations are established by employing the thermodynamic, fluid dynamic principles and chemical constraints inside the ejector; secondly, the one-equation model is derived by using the parameter analysis and lumped-parameter method. Finally, the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technique is employed to obtain the source data for determining the model parameters. The effectiveness of the model is studied under a wide range of operation conditions. The effect of ejector performance on the anode gas recirculation SOFC system is also discussed. The presented model, which only contains four constant parameters, is useful in real-time control and optimization of fuel ejector in the anode gas recirculation SOFC system.