Effect of Metal Additives on the Combustion Characteristics of High-Energy Materials

Alexander Korotkikh, Oleg Glotov, Ivan Sorokin

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Thermodynamic calculation of combustion parameters and equilibrium composition of HEMs combustion products showed, that at the increase of aluminum powder dispersity the specific impulse and combustion temperature of solid propellants are reduced due to the decrease of the mass fraction of active aluminum in particles. Partial or complete replacement of aluminum by metal powder (B, Mg, AlB2, Al\Mg alloy, Fe, Ti and Zr) in HEMs composition leads to the reduce of the specific impulse and combustion temperature. Replacement of aluminum powder by boron and magnesium in HEM reduces the mass fraction of condensed products in the combustion chamber of solid rocket motor. So, for compositions HEMs with boron and aluminum boride the mass fraction in chamber is reduced by 24 and 36 %, respectively, with respect to the composition HEMs with Al powder. But the mass fraction of CCPs in the nozzle exit increases by 13 % for HEMs with aluminum boride due to the formation of boron oxide in the condensed combustion products. Partial replacement of 2 wt. % aluminum powder by iron and copper additives in HEM leads to the reduce of CCPs mass fraction in chamber by 4-10 % depending on the aluminum powder dispersity duo to these metals are not formed condensed products at the HEMs combustion in chamber.

Original languageEnglish
Article number01048
JournalMATEC Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2016
EventHeat and Mass Transfer in the System of Thermal Modes of Energy - Technical and Technological Equipment, HMTTSC 2016 - Tomsk, Russian Federation
Duration: 19 Apr 201621 Apr 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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