Accession Number : ADA306653

Title :   Summary and Analysis of U.S. Electrothermal Chemical Gun Successes.

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AIR INTELLIGENCE CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Cheng, Daimo ; Xu, Zhongxin

PDF Url : ADA306653

Report Date : 08 MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : This report provides a summary of the status of U.S. electrothermal chemical propulsion. Systematic research points out that--with regard to areas associated with different combat missions--it is a vital design. The ones with the best prospects are theater missile defense, anti warship missile defense, and defense against indirect fire support with very long ranges. Results with regard to countering armor are not that clear. Besides that, research points out that it is necessary to consider reducing electric energy requirements (on the basis of more mature calculations done at the present time with regard to pulse power). At the same time, what is even more important is that methods relying on the use of electrical energy inputs to control combustion go through increases in chemical energy in order to raise performance. As a result, development work on propellants, cutting across broad fields in new forms of chemistry, is the main focal point of U.S. electrothermal chemical research work now. In the report, what is presented is that, as far as multiple types of propellants are concerned, there are clear increases in energy densities (as compared to solid propellents at the present time). It seems that the use of electric power to produce controllable plasma phases is compatible. Finally, the current status of U.S. electrothermal chemical plans, which is introduced in this report with regard to different combat task areas, clearly shows that the concept of electrothermal chemical propellants is in the process of going out of the laboratory, and, in conjunction with that, entering into the battlefield test and verification stage in relevent weapons systems of the next generation. p5

Descriptors :   *PROPULSION SYSTEMS, *ELECTRICITY, *THERMOELECTRICITY, TEST AND EVALUATION, GUIDED MISSILES, ARMOR, DENSITY, THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, VERIFICATION, BATTLEFIELDS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, CHEMICALS, PROPELLANTS, COMBUSTION, PULSES, PLANNING, CHEMICAL REACTIONS, ELECTRIC POWER, TRANSLATIONS, GUNS, NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT), ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CHINA, COMBAT AREAS, SOLID PROPELLANTS, CHINESE LANGUAGE.

Subject Categories : Guns
      Physical Chemistry
      Electricity and Magnetism
      Thermodynamics

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