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.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2010|
- Advanced propellants
- Rocket engine
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