Characterization of JP-8/SiO 2 and RP-1/SiO 2 gels

P. H.S. Santos, R. Arnold, W. E. Anderson, M. A. Carignano, O. H. Campanella

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For next generation air-breathing and rocket propulsion systems gelled propellants can be a promising replacement for conventional solid and liquid propellants. Especially for rocket engine op-eration, the application of a gelled fuel and gelled oxidizer can combine the advantages of conventional solid and liquid propellants without taking into ac-count the specific disadvantages of both individual systems. The present publication describes the rheo-logical behavior of gelled JP-8 turbine fuel and gelled rocket propellant RP-1 when fumed silica is used as a gelling agent. Alongside the determination of an optimal gel mixing process, gel stability and rheolog-ical parameters showed a significant influence of the added silica amount.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEngineering Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010


  • Advanced propellants
  • Gel
  • Hydrocarbon
  • JP-8
  • Non-Newtonian
  • RP-1
  • Rocket engine
  • Silica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Santos, P. H. S., Arnold, R., Anderson, W. E., Carignano, M. A., & Campanella, O. H. (2010). Characterization of JP-8/SiO 2 and RP-1/SiO 2 gels. Engineering Letters, 18(1).