Solid Propellant Grain Structural Integrity Analysis
by Rocketdyne-McGregor, Aerojet, Rockwell International, Texas A&M University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Lockheed Propulsion, Lockheed Aircraft, Thiokol Chemical, and NASA Lewis Research Center scientists and engineers
An exceptional reference and text for state-of-the-art solid propellant grain design and technology. It's heavy with critical design criteria and recommended engineering practices--a book by rocket scientists for rocket scientists, engineers, and technicians (professional and "amateur").
The thick, heavy handbook covers:
This is exactly the practical information you need to design and build a high-technology, state-of-the-art composite solid propellant rocket motor, whether you're a professional or "amateur" experimenter.
- Grain geometry
- Propellant property characterization
- Thermal, mechanical properties
- Failure properties
- Property variability
- Processing effects
- Environmental effects
- Load analysis
- Stress, strain, and displacement analyses
- Analyses for specific loads
- Uniform cooling
- Shock, vibration, and spin
- Failure analysis
- Cohesive fracture
- Adhesive bond fracture
- Excessive deformation
The contents are the result of more than 30 years of investigations by the world's largest solid propellant chemical engineers, scientists, technicians, and propulsion contractors. Literally millions and millions of dollars were spent obtaining this critical data.
And it has several superb illustrations, figures, engineering drawings, tables, charts, and graphs covering such topics as:
- Grain geometries
- Stress relaxation data
- Predicted and measured tensile stresses
- Relationship between flaw size and types of failure
- Stress-strain equations
- Tests for thermal, mechanical, and failure properties
Typical engineering drawing (much smaller than in book)
We think this is the most complete and comprehensive book ever written about how to design, cast, cure, and load solid propellant grains of very size successfully. If you've read this far, you know how critical it is to avoid bubbles, voids, cracks, and fissures from your propellant charges. Study this exceptional text and you'll learn more than you ever imagined possible about the subject. And--you're CATOs will be much fewer. It'll save you both time and money in the long run!
Plus, there's a 7-page glossary of nomenclature, symbols, and definitions; 8 pages of technical references (111 different studies in all) ... and MUCH more not mentioned here!
Need we say there's abundant (and essential!) algebraic formulae and equations included (get out your slide rule!), working with a wide variety of common and complex grain geometries and motor designs.
Typical illustrations from the book (smaller than actual size)
Typical detailed engineering calculations example
Typical detailed engineering drawing
Want to be sure the solid propellant grain you're designing, casting, curing, testing, or about to fly does what you want and intend it to do? This heavy engineering text will show you how to do it.
Hard to find and now long out-of-print, this new limited edition has been republished by the Rocket Science Institute. It's printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper for years of reference use. 112 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. ISBN 1-878628-25-9. $19.95
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