Nanomaterials in Rocket Propulsion Systems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128139080, 9780128139097

Nanomaterials in Rocket Propulsion Systems

1st Edition

Editors: Qi-Long Yan Guo-Qiang He Pei-Jin Liu Michael Gozin
eBook ISBN: 9780128139097
Paperback ISBN: 9780128139080
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 26th October 2018
Page Count: 592
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Table of Contents

  1. 2-Dimentional Energetic Nanomaterials for Insensitive Solid Rocket Propellants
    2. Metal Nanoparticles and Their Combustion Behaviour
    3. Catalytic Effects of Solid Propellants by Inorganic Nanoaddtives
    4. Combustion of Nanothermites in Micro Propulsion Systems
    5. Developments in Flat-Panel Nano-Particle MEMS/NEMS Thrusters
    6. Preparation of Metal Nanoparticles and their Combustion in Composite Propellants
    7. Recent Advances in Nanoelectromechanical Systems
    8. Polymer Nanocomposites for Rocket Ablators
    9. Effect of Metal Nanoparticles on Processing and Performances of Composite Propellants
    10. Highly Thermal Conductive Nanocomposite for Nozzle Liners
    11. Nanoparticles-based Electric Propulsion for Space Exploration
    12. Plasma Propulsion and Plasma-based Nanotechnology
    13. Nanoscale Energetic Materials: Particle Processing Technology
    14. Nano-gelled Cryogenic Propellants with Nano-particulate Additives


Nanomaterials in Rocket Propulsion Systems covers the fundamentals of nanomaterials and examines a wide range of innovative applications, presenting the current state-of-the-art in the field. Opening with a chapter on nano-sized energetic materials, the book examines metal nanoparticles-based fuels, ballistic modifiers, stabilizers and catalysts as the components of rocket propellants. Hydrogen storage materials for rocket propulsion based on nanotubes are then discussed, as are nano-porous materials and metal organic frameworks, nano-gelled propellants, nano-composite ablators and ceramic nano-composites. Other applications examined include high thermal conductivity metallic nano-composite nozzle liners, nano-emitters for Coulomb propulsion of space-crafts, and highly thermostable nano-ceramics for rocket motors.

The book finishes with coverage of combustion of nano-sized rocket fuels, nano-particles and their combustion in micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), plasma propulsion and nano-scale physics. Users will find this to be a valuable resource for academic and government institutions, professionals, new researchers and graduate students working in the application of nanomaterials in the aerospace industry.

Key Features

  • Provides a detailed overview of different types of nanomaterials used in rocket propulsion, highlighting different situations in which different materials are used
  • Demonstrates the use of new nanomaterial concepts, allowing for an increase in payload capacity or a decrease in launch mass
  • Explores a range of applications using metal nanopowders, presenting a panorama on cutting-edge, technological developments


Academic and government institutions, professionals, new researchers and graduate students working in the application of nanomaterials in aerospace industry


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About the Editors

Qi-Long Yan Editor

Qi-Long Yan is a postdoctoral research fellow at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Xi’an Modern Chemistry Research Institute, Xi’an, China. His research is on the investigation of energetic complexes based on carbon nanomaterials and used in solid propellants and high explosives.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

Guo-Qiang He Editor

Guo-Qiang He is a Professor at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi-an, China, and Director of the Shaanxi Institute of Aeronautics. He is a member of the academic committee of the Chinese Hypersonic Technology Research and Development Center, and his research interests are aerospace propulsion applications, including rocket engine technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Noerhwestern Polytechnical University, Xi-an, China

Pei-Jin Liu Editor

Pei-Jin Liu is Professor and Vice-Dean of the School of Astronautics at Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi-an, China. He has published two books on astronautic propulsion and combustion and conducts research on rocket propulsion, combustion diagnostics and instability.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Vice-Dean, School of Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi-an, China

Michael Gozin Editor

Michael Gozin is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Tel Aviv University, Israel. His research activity focuses on the preparation and characterization of novel nitrogen-rich materials for fire-extinguishing and other applications, preparation of new materials for therapy and biomedical imaging, and development of new chemosensors for forensic and other applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Chemistry, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel