Effect of fillers and fire retardant compounds on hydroxy terminated polybutadiene based insulators

  • S. D. Kakade High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, Pune
  • S. B. Navale High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, Pune
  • U. B. Kadam High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, Pune
  • M. Gupta High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, Pune
##semicolon## Insulators, Explosives, Military technology, Polymeric binders, Fillers, Propellants

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A series of polyurethane compositions have been formulated using hydroxy-terminated polybutadiene as polymeric binder and carbon black as a major filler. Various binder-to-filler ratios of the formulations were evaluated to get calendered sheets. The formulations have been characterised for pot-life and rollability and the calendered sheets for mechanical and thermal properties, bUm rate, glass transition temperature, shore hardness and density . The different fillers tried were varieties of carbon black as a major filler; metal oxides, silicates and organic compounds; and fire retardants, such as zinc borate, sodium metaborate, ammonium dihydrogen phosphate and antimony trioxide. The structure and morphology of the fillers have been correlated with the properties. The optimised composition has been evaluated in an end-burning motor, as an insulator for case-bonded application, using a typical composite propellant. The results of interface bonding between the propellant and the insulator have also been presented.
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2002-01-02
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Armaments & Explosives