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Updated & New Books Listed:  17 February 2013


Performance and Properties of Liquid Propellants. Aerojet-General Corporation, Liquid Rocket Plant.  Accurate, comprehensive, complete, and authoritative.  All useful liquid fuels and oxidizers are included, from Aerozine blends to UDMH.  Individual propellants (and propellant blends) are presented in great detail, including physical properties, plus key data for vapor pressure, viscosity, thermal conductivity, heat capacity, specific gravity, and performance under various conditions.  There's also a thorough presentation and discussion on computing performance, and how to apply these theoretical calculations in rocket engine design.  Discusses estimating and predicting rocket engine performance from theoretical data.  Explanations include deriving throat area, chamber pressure, mixture ratio and flow rate.  Thermochemical calculations are explained, covering curves for characteristic velocity vs mixture ratio at various pressures; combustion gas velocity vs mixture ratio for various nozzle ratios, nozzle area ratio vs mixture ratio for various nozzle pressure ratios.  All essential algebraic formulae and equations are included, working with a wide variety of fuel-oxidizer combinations.  128 pages, ISBN 1-878628-13-5.  

Rocket Power Plants Based on Nitric Acid.  Helmut Zborowski; R-Antriebe, Schriften der Deutsche Akademie der Luftfahrtforschung.  An exceptional and rare document reporting the results of research and development work at the German BMW company during World War II.  It discusses the advantages (and disadvantages) using nitric acid as an energetic oxidizer for rocket engines.  There is much information about dissolved nitrogen dioxide (NO2 or N2O4), to raise the oxidizer density and enhance hypergolic properties.  Complete information is given for nitric acid decomposition (including the corresponding thermochemical equations).  Extensive graphs and charts illustrate consumptions, temperatures, reactivity, Isp, and specific weights of nitric acid use with alcohol, orthotoluidine, and other rocket fuels.  Combustion chamber pressures, feed systems, operating considerations--including suitable metals, alloys, and other materials (ceramics, baked enamels, coatings and caulkings, mainly developed by the I. G. Farben Industry Company)--are thoroughly investigated.  Exotic inert sealing liquids are also described.  27 pages, $14.95. 

Investigation of Hydrazine as a Rocket Fuel.  Riley O. Miller, Paul M. Ordin, and John M. Diehl; Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor to NASA.  A comprehensive, detailed study of the high-performance rocket fuel hydrazine (N2H4), a common chemical that has very high energy per unit weight, and reacts well in rocket engines.  Includes in-depth examination of physical and chemical properties, plus numerous tables, charts, drawings, photos, and almost three pages of technical references for further studies.  An exceptional reference resource.  36 pages, $14.95.  

Theoretical Performance of Diborane as a Rocket Fuel.  Vearl N. Huff, Clyde S. Calvert, and Virginia C. Erdmann; Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor to NASA.  A comprehensive, detailed study of the high-performance rocket fuel diborane (B2H6), an unusual chemical that has very high energy per unit weight, and reacts well in rocket engines.  It produces an extremely high heat of combustion per unit weight, and thus a very high specific impulse.  Numerous tables, charts, drawings, photos, and technical references.  Tables and charts in this technical report cover all important physical and chemical property of diborane, boron trioxide, and boron trifluoride.  Performance calculations are also given, including flame temperature, specific impulse, exhaust gas composition, and other key factors.  Toxicity studies are also presented.  Covers the performance and use of diborane with liquid oxygen, liquid fluorine, liquid fluorine oxide, and hydrogen peroxide.  32 pages, $14.95.  

Theoretical Performance of Hydrogen-Oxygen-Nitrogen Propellants.  Riley O. Miller and Paul M. Ordin, Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor to NASA.  Performance data for a range of mixtures for a many rocket propellant combinations.  The fuels studied are liquid hydrogen, liquid ammonia, hydrazine, hydrazine hydrate, and hydoxylamine.  Oxidizers are liquid ozone, liquid oxygen, and 100-percent hydrogen peroxide (H2O2).  The methods of calculating propellant performace is described and illustrated.   Physical, chemical, and thermodynamic data are presented in comprehensive tables, charts, and graphs.  The comparitive performance of the propellants is discussed and illustrated by tabulated and plotted data.  55 pages, $19.95.  



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