Accession Number : AD0680691

Title :   COMMENT ON EVIDENCE FOR NITROGEN TRIOXIDE IN THE COMBUSTION OF A DOUBLE-BASE PROPELLANT,

Corporate Author : EXPLOSIVES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENT WALTHAM ABBEY (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s) : Phillips,L.

Report Date : AUG 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : A claim made in 1965 that the NO3 radical is a major intermediate product in the combustion of double base propellants has raised doubts about the validity of the widely accepted view that the initial step in nitric ester decomposition is O-N bond fission. This note points out that the evidence on which the NO3 hypothesis is based is highly questionable; the alleged NO3 species observed is probably nitroglycerin volatitised from the propellant under the experimental conditions used.

Descriptors :   (*DOUBLE BASE ROCKET PROPELLANTS, COMBUSTION PRODUCTS), (*COMBUSTION PRODUCTS, *NITROGEN OXIDES), MASS SPECTROSCOPY, NITROGLYCERIN, ENTHALPY

Subject Categories : Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
      Combustion and Ignition

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE