Holographic investigation of solid propellant combustion
Butler, Albert George
Netzer, David W.
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An investigation into the behavior of aluminized solid propellant combustion in a two-dimensional windowed rocket motor was conducted using holographic techniques. Holograms were recorded in the motor port, aft of the propellant grain and at the entrance to the exhaust nozzle for two different propellant compositions at varying operating pressures. Quantitative particle size data for particles larger than 20 microns were obtained from the holograms. From these data, the mean diameters (D32) of the larger particles were calculated and utilized to compare what effects pressure, location in the motor and aluminum content had on the behavior of the aluminum/aluminum oxide particles. D 32 was found to decrease with increasing pressure, but was unaffected by variations in low values of propellant aluminum loading. D 32 at the grain exit was found to be significantly less than within the grain port.
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