Volume 1, 2009Progress in Propulsion Physics
|Page(s)||97 - 108|
|Section||Solid Rocket Propulsion|
|Published online||16 September 2011|
Metallized solid rocket propellants based on AN/AP and PSAN/AP for access to space
Solid rocket propellants based on dual mixes of inorganic crystalline oxidizers (ammonium nitrate (AN) and ammonium perchlorate (AP)) with binder and a mixture of micrometric-nanometric aluminum were investigated. Ammonium nitrate is a low-cost oxidizer, producing environment friendly combustion products but with lower specific impulse compared to AP. The better performance obtained with AP and the low quantity of toxic emissions obtained by using AN have suggested an interesting compromise based on a dual mixture of the two oxidizers. To improve the thermal response of raw AN, different types of phase stabilized AN (PSAN) and AN/AP co-crystals were investigated.
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