Solid Propellant Grain Design and Internal Ballistics
by Aerojet, Thiokol, Rocketdyne, United Technology and NASA scientists and engineers
Probably the best book of its kind. If you design, build, test, or use solid propellant rockets, you need this reference handbook. It's the official NASA solid propellant design and ballistics guide, loaded with once highly-secret ballistics data, configuration geometry, burn rate parameters, scientific analyses, rocketry information, and military missile lore, providing data on all types of rocket and missile propellant grains.
Prepared at the NASA Lewis Research Center by scientists and engineers from Aerojet-General Corporation, Rocketdyne Solid Rocket Division (North American Rockwell Corporation), United Technology Center (United Aircraft Corporation), and Thiokol Chemical Corporation, this valuable book gives the practical information you need to design and build a high-technology, state-of-the-art composite solid propellant rocket motor.
The contents are the result of more than 25 years of investigations by the world's largest propulsion contractors. Literally millions of dollars were spent obtaining this critical yet hard-to-find data.
Typical engineering drawing (much smaller than in book)
The ballistic aspects of grain design are studied, outlining the steps necessary to achieve a successful grain design. The relationships of the grain design to steady-state mass balance and erosive burning are considered. Grain design criteria is reviewed, and recommended design criteria are included.
In a word, this is the most complete and comprehensive book ever written about the theoretical and practical engineering design of solid propellant grains. It also covers exactly how one goes about selecting the best grain configuration for a given mission, analytical techniques for geometric analysis, drafting techniques, attaining optimum average thrust, duration, and impulse.
Covers specific impulse, burn rate, propellant density; average and maximum expected operating pressures; nozzle throat area and expansion ratios; volumetric loading fractions; web fractions; port-to-throat area ratios; length-to-diameter ratios; configuration selection; ballistic constraints; processing practicality; structural integrity; burning rate augmentation and steady-state mass balance.
This massive reference text covers every topic related to solid rocket motor grain design. It’s thick, heavy, and packed with accurate information for the professional (and “amateur”) rocket scientist, engineer, technician, and experimenter.
Detailed investigations are provided for all the important grain types (rod-and-shell, star, wagonwheel, dendrite, dogbone, conocyl, finocyl, etc). There are also more than 30 exceptionally-detailed engineering drawings, that cover every imaginable grain configuration and rocket engine aspect. Plus there's an 8-page glossary of nomenclature, symbols, and definitions; 14 pages of technical references (132 different studies are listed); ... and MUCH more not mentioned here!
All essential algebraic formulae and equations are included, working with a wide variety of common and complex grain geometries and motor designs--from cylindrical to spherical.
Typical illustrations from the book (smaller than actual size)
Typical detailed engineering drawing
Typical detailed engineering drawing
Typical detailed design theory illustration
If you design, build, test, or fly rockets or missiles of any size, you'll want this superb reference textbook. It’s especially useful for “amateur” rocket builders -- with an abundance of data, esoteric information, and once-secret lore from the world's foremost rocket builders: Aerojet, Thiokol, Rocketdyne, and NASA.
Very hard to find and now 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. 114 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. $19.95
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