"Collection of Seven Ammonium Nitrate Rocket Propellant Technical Papers"


Collection of Seven Ammonium Nitrate Rocket Propellant Technical Papers

Patents, Articles, and Reports from Various Sources

This is a collection of various important documents, all on ammonium nitrate solid rocket propellants.

There are a total of 57 pages, measuring 8.5 x 5.5-inches.  Printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper for years of reference use. 

These rare documents are from the private collection of a Nevada rocket scientist, now retired.  When they're gone, they're gone!

  • Properties of Ammonium Nitrate:  From the book "Nitric Acid and Fertilizer Nitrates," presenting a classic text on this subject.  Focuses on physical and chemical properties, crystalline forms, the various phases, solubility and hygroscopicity, densities, melting points, decomposition, viscosity and surface tension, thermodynamic data, decomposition reactions, reaction temperatures, catalytic effects, inhibiting effects of urea etc., oxidizing properties, etc.  Includes 47 technical references, and a chapter on prilling of AN.  A must-have text for "amateur" rocket designers working with AN.
  • Combustion of Ammonium Nitrate-Based Compositions, Metal-Containing, and Water-Impregnated Compounds:  By chemists and engineers of the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow, and Politecnico di Milano, Italy.  A thorough and comprehensive report on this environmentally-friendly, cheap, and safe energetic material.  Gives good explanations of pure AN combustion, clarifies the burning properties of a broad range of AN-based formulations, and discusses AN-based propellant burning characteristics.  Also includes usage of metallic powders.  A thick, detailed document.
  • Phase Transitions of the Ammonium Nitrate-Magnesium Nitrate System: One of the best reference resources for understanding AN phase changes.  By a Monsanto Chemical scientist.
  • U.S. Patent -- Method for Producing Stabilized Ammonium Nitrate:  By German chemists.  Phase-stabilization is a necessity for using AN in solid rocket propellants.  This patent describes on good way to do this.
  • U.S. Patent -- Process for Preparing Stabilized Ammonium Nitrate Containing Granules:  By Belgian chemists.  Another process for making phase-stabilization. 
  • U.S. Patent -- High Performance Ammonium Nitrate Propellant:  By a NASA chemist, in 1979.  Describes formulations using AN, with powdered metal fuels, and hydrocarbon binders.  Gives performance data, formulations, and much chemistry.   A valuable text! 

  • U.S. Patent -- High Performance, Low Cost Solid Propellant Compositions Producing Halogen Free Exhaust:  By Thiokol chemists.  In-depth info on using powdered magnesium and other metals with AN propellants, including performance data, formulations, and much practical information.  If you are going to mix AN-HTPB propellants, you should first study this excellent guide!.

These documents will be of interest to the serious rocket experimenter, pyrotechnician, fireworks hobbyist, and amateur scientist.  They're loaded with technical graphs, charts, tables, formula, compositions, etc etc.  This is high-class, high-quality, hard-to-find information!  57 pages in all (looseleaf, unbound), $14.95

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