Micro-fibre based Porous Composite Propellants with High Regression Rates
Keywords: Porous propellants, Composite rocket propellants, Electrospinning, micro-fibres, High burning rate
AbstractHarnessing energy at micro-scale from high energy sources has gained significance in recent times for space propulsion and other applications. Conventional solid rocket propellants have advantages in terms of being efficient, compact and safe to handle, though with much lower regression rates as compared to solid explosives. An approach to high regression rates in composite propellants is demonstrated in the present work by the enhancement of fuel-oxidiser interaction, and by the incorporation of micro-scale porosity into the propellant grain. The porous polystyrene-ammonium perchlorate grain designed in this work, based on electrospun micro-fibres and aqueous impregnation, exhibits burning rates more than 25 times as compared to the non-porous grain. Such high regression rates using insensitive propellant compositions have practical implications in the development of micro-thrusters, and in gas generating devices such as MAV launch systems and turbine starters. Detailed preparatory procedure, characterisation techniques, and flame regression studies are included in this paper.
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Chandru, R., Chappa, S., Bharath, R., Oommen, C., & Raghunandan, B. (2017). Micro-fibre based Porous Composite Propellants with High Regression Rates. Defence Science Journal, 67(3), 240-244. https://doi.org/10.14429/dsj.67.10279
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