Accession Number : ADD003065

Title :   Method for Producing High Temperature Hydrogen.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Ayers,Orval E ; Patrick,Roy E

Report Date : 06 Apr 1976

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : This invention relates to the laser fuels, hydrogen or deuterium, and to solid compositions from which the fuels can be produced. A solid propellant composition comprised of stoichiometric amounts of unsolvated aluminum hydride and moisture free ferric oxide is prepared by mixing to achieve uniformity in a blending mill and then pressing into pellets or into metal canisters. When the described solid propellant composition is provided with sufficient heat to effect initiation of a decomposition reaction, the continued decomposition reaction is self-sustaining since the reaction approaches a temperature of about 3000C. Because of the high temperature of reaction, hydrogen gas having a high temperature and high purity is produced which meets the requirement for immediate use in a chemical laser. Similarly, aluminum deuteride (AlD2) may be used to produce hot deuterium gas.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Hydrogen, *Gas generating systems, *Deuterium, Formulations, Chemical lasers, Gas lasers, Complex compounds, Metals, Aluminum compounds, Storage, Hydrides, Pyrotechnics

Subject Categories : Inorganic Chemistry
      Lasers and Masers
      Pyrotechnics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE