Accession Number : AD0777283

Title :   Measurement of Steady State and Transient Solid Propellant Burning Rates with Microwaves.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA SCHOOL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Alkidas,Alexandros C. ; Clary,Albert T. ; Giles,Garland ; Shelton,Samuel V.

Report Date : DEC 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 127

Abstract : A microwave continuous measurement technique has been utilized to measure burning rates of a CTPB and AP composite solid propellant during steady state and rapid decompression. A microwave signal oscillating at a known source frequency is passed through the end of a burning propellant strand opposite the burning surface and allowed to reflect off the burning surface which is receding at some unknown velocity. By continuously comparing the phse angle of this reflected signal with the phase angle of another signal oscillating at the original source frequency, a relative phase angle between the two signals is obtained. The rate of change of this relative phase angle with time is proportional to the propellant's burning rate. Accurate (plus or minus 10 percent) continuous burning rate data was obtained and shown to be within capabilities of the system for dP/dt values less than about 2500 psi/second. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Combustion, *Solid rocket propellants, *Burning rate, *Microwaves, Measurement, Composite propellants

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Solid Rocket Propellants

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE