The Chemistry of Propellants

The Chemistry of Propellants

A Meeting Organised by the AGARD Combustion and Propulsion Panel

1st Edition - January 1, 1960

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  • Editors: S. S. Penner, J. Ducarme
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483221298

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The Chemistry of Propellants is a collection of papers and comments presented at the meeting on “The Chemistry of Propellants”, held in Paris, France on June 8-12, 1959, organized by the AGARD Combustion and Propulsion Panel. This book is organized into six parts encompassing 25 chapters that serve as an introduction to the broad and important subject of propellant chemistry and propulsion applications. The first part deals with the sources, availability, and comparative costing of propulsion system. The second and third parts discuss the theoretical, thermodynamic, and experimental aspects of liquid and solid propellants. The fourth part examines the main problems concerning preparation, storage, and use of propellants for ramjet, while the fifth part looks into the factors leading to deposits in jet engines and some of the consequences of their existence. The sixth part covers the advantages of the high energy chemical propellants, including fluorine and hydrogen. Combustion and propulsion scientists and researchers will find this book beneficial.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Editor's Note


    Opening Remarks

    Participants in Discussions and Their Affiliations

    Propellant Sources and Costs

    Sources, Availability and Estimated Costs of Propellants

    Liquid Propellants

    High-Temperature Thermodynamics and Theoretical Performance Evaluation of Rocket Propellants

    Liquid Propellants for Rockets

    An Experimental Evaluation of Rocket Propellant Data


    (a) J. Surugue: Comments on Thompson's Paper

    (b) B. Ellis: Comments on Thompson's Paper

    (e) J.E.P. Dunning: Comments on Thompson's Paper

    (d) R.J. Thompson, Jr.: Replies to Messrs. Surugue, Ellis and Dunning

    (e) F.T. Maggs: Comments on Armstrong's Paper

    (f) J.E.P. Dunning: Comments on Armstrong's Paper

    (g) D.L. Armstrong: Replies to Maggs and Dunning

    (h) A. Moureu and R. Lévy: Comments on Greenfield's Paper

    (i) J. Ducarme: Comments on Greenfield's Paper

    (j) J.E.P. Dunning: Comments on Greenfield's Paper

    (k) B. Lewis: Comments on Greenfield's Paper

    (l) R.J. Thompson, Jr.: Comments on Greenfield's Paper

    (m) A.D. Baxter: Comments on Greenfield's Paper

    (n) S. Greenfield: Replies to Messrs. Moureu and Levy, Ducarme, Dunning, etc

    Solid Propellants

    Preparation and Properties of Double-Base Propellants

    Preparation et proprietes des propergols: Propergoles solides composites

    Methods of Burning Rate Control in Solid Propellants


    (a) H. Grosse: Comments on Steinberger's Paper

    (b) E.W. Lindeijer: Comments on Steinberger's Paper

    (c) R. Steinberger: Replies to Messrs. Grosse and Lindeijer

    (d) P.L. Nichols, Jr.: Comments on the Paper by Tavernier and Boisson

    (e) R.J. Wilkinson: Comments on the Paper by Tavernier and Boisson

    (f) G.H. Young: Comments on the Paper by Tavernier and Boisson

    (g) E.W. Lindeijer: Comments on the Paper by Tavernier and Boisson

    (h) J. Ducarme: Comments on the Paper by Tavernier and Boisson

    (i) P. Tavernier and J. Boisson: Replies to Messrs. Wilkinson, Nichols and Ducarme

    (j) W.S. McEwan: Comments on Young's Paper

    (k) J.A. Vandenkerckhove: Comments on Young's Paper

    (l) E.W. Lindeijer: Comments on Young's Paper

    Propellants for Air-Breathing Engines

    Combustibles pour statoreacteur-proprietes et preparation

    Performance Evaluation of Ramjet Propellants


    (a) L.M. Zubko: Comments on the Paper by Barrère and Français

    (b) D. Carton: Comments on the Paper by Barrère and Francais

    (c) W.G. Berl: Comments on the Paper by Barrère and Francais

    (d) A. Ferri: Comments on Perchonok's Paper

    (e) R. Breitwieser: Comments on Perchonok's Paper

    Selected Basic Studies

    Physico-Chemical Reactions during Nozzle Flow

    On Deposits in Jet Engines


    (a) M. Barrère: Comments on Morris' Paper

    (b) H. Behrens: Comments on Morris' Paper

    (c) S.S. Penner, R. Reichenbach and T.A. Jacobs: Comments on Morris' Paper

    (d) J.F. Morris: Replies to Messrs. Barrère, Behrens and Penner

    (e) W.G. Parker: Comments on Breitwieser's Paper

    (f) B. Lewis: Comments on Breitwieser's Paper

    (g) A.G. Smith: Comments on Breitwieser's Paper

    (h) L.G. Crocco: Comments on Breitwieser's Paper

    (i) M. Farber: Comments on the Papers by Morris and Breitwieser

    (j) R. Breitwieser: Replies to Messrs. Parker, Lewis, Smith and Crocco

    High-Energy Propellants and Basic Propulsion Problems

    The Merits of Utilizing High-Energy Propellants


    (a) B. Lewis

    (b) R. Steinberger

    Round-Table Discussion on Basic Propulsion Problems

    (1) A.D. Baxter: Liquid Propellant Rockets

    (2) H.W. Ritchey: Basic Problems in Propulsion by Solid Propellant Rocket Engines

    (3) G.B. Kistiakowsky: Solid Propellant Horizons

    (4) A. Ferri: Discussion of Applications of Air-Breathing Launchers

    (5) J.W. Bond, Jr.: Electromagnetic and Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

    Comments to the Round-Table Discussions

    Messrs. Rothrock, Penner, Ritchey, Lewis, Crocco, Ferri, Roy, Baxter, Margolis and Greenfield

    Closing Remarks

Product details

  • No. of pages: 666
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1960
  • Published: January 1, 1960
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483221298

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S. S. Penner

J. Ducarme

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