Design of Multi-Propellant Star Grains for Solid Propellant Rockets
Keywords: Dual propellant grains, Nondimensional characteristic parameters, Geometry-problem
AbstractA 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.
How to Cite
Krishnan, S., & Bose, T. (2014). Design of Multi-Propellant Star Grains for Solid Propellant Rockets. Defence Science Journal, 30(1), 21-30. https://doi.org/10.14429/dsj.30.6407
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