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Updated & New Books Listed:  17 Feb 2013


Advanced Nitrate-type Propellants.  James Taylor, Ph.D.  An in-depth study of ammonium nitrate, guanidine nitrate, and nitroguanidine as oxidizers for cool- and slow-burning gas generating compositions, and their use in rocket motors, pressurizing systems, engine starters, and a variety of highly unusual applications.  The best book available on AN-type rocket propellants.  158 pages, ISBN 1-878628-01-1.   $24.95. Book reviewed here

Solid Propellant Selection and Characterization Aerojet-General, Thiokol, Hercules, Rocketdyne, United Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and NASA Lewis Research Center.  An in-depth, comprehensive, and complete reference guide for advanced composite and double-base solid propellants, from the world's leading experts on the subject.  Probably the best book of its kind.   132 pages, ISBN 1-878628-24-0.  $24.95.  

Solid Propellant Grain Design and Internal Ballistics.  McDonnell Douglas, Aerojet-General, Rockwell International, General Dynamics, Grumman Aerospace, The Boeing Company, Lockheed-Georgia, and NASA Langley.  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.  114 pages, $21.95.  

Solid Propellant Processing Factors in Rocket Motor Design.  Aerojet-General, Thiokol, Hercules, Rocketdyne, United Technology, and NASA Lewis Research Center.  The official NASA solid propellant planning and chemical engineering guide, loaded with once highly-secret ballistics data, formulation planning parameters, propellant processing details, scientific analyses, rocketry information, and military missile lore, providing data on all types of modern rocket and missile propellants.  Gives the practical information you need to formulate and make high-technology, state-of-the-art composite solid propellants.  84 pages, ISBN 1-878628-20-8.  $19.95  

Solid Propellant Grain Structural Integrity Analysis.   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.  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").  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.  112 pages, ISBN 1-878628-25-9.    $21.95  

NASA Pyrotechnic Design and Development Manual.  Laurence J. Bement, NASA Langley Research Center, and Morry L. Schimmel, Schimmel Company.  A comprehensive and complete reference for pyrotechnic, propellant, and explosive materials; initiation systems and initiators; pyro actuators, valves, separation units, separation ("explosive") bolts, cutters and guillotines; flexible linear shaped charges; shielded mild detonating cord; bridgewires and cartridges; including test methods, reliability data, and pyrotechnic system safety.  76 pages, $19.95.  

Thermochemistry for Magnesium/Teflon/Viton Pyrotechnic Compositions.  Farid C. Christo, Weapons Systems Division, Aeronautical and Maritime Research Laboratory (Australia).  A comprehensive and complete reference for advanced pyrotechnic materials based on the most useful magnesium/Teflon/Viton [MTV] compositions.  MTV mixtures are commonly used in modern rocket igniters; initiation systems and initiators; pyro actuators; tracking and illumination flares; and separation units.  This rare document covers the chemistry of this important formulation, including test methods.  It is one of today's most widely used reference resources on the subject, with more material (and far more detail) than any other text we know of.  42 pages, $19.95.  

Characteristics of Potassium Nitrate Based Solid Rocket Propellant.  Mohammad Nazri Mohd. Ja'afar, Wan Khairuddin Wan Ali and Rizalman Mamat.  An investigation of potassium nitrate and sucrose ("candy") solid propellant, using press-molded grains, and tested in a standard BATES-type motor. Provides critical pressure index and pressure exponent data, as well as specific impulse, burning rate, and other key information about "candy" propellants, plus essential information about physical and chemical properties, stoichiometric ratios, hazards, toxicity, and theoretical calculations, with several illustrations.  4 pages, $7.95.  

A Method for Sizing Booster Charges in Pyrotechnic Mechanisms.  Laurence J. Bement, NASA Langley Research Center.  An in-depth report on sizing booster charges to assure functional margins in pyrotechnically actuated devices, with useful data and information for anyone working with pyro-actuated devices.  The text describes test hardware in great detail, along with fine engineering drawings.  The cartridge and booster charges used are described as well.  Experimental and analytical procedures are discussed, as well as discussions of the various tests and data analysis.  12 pages, $9.95. 

Collection of Twelve Pyrotechnic Igniters Technical Papers.  A collection of various important documents, all on rocket ignition, igniters, and pyrogens.  115 pages, $24.95.  

Collection of Twelve Solid Rocket Propellant Technical Papers.  Patents, articles, and reports from various sources, all of a related theme.  125 pages, $24.95.  

Collection of Seven Ammonium Nitrate Technical Papers.  Various important documents, all on ammonium nitrate solid rocket propellants.  57 pages, $19.95.  

Strand Burner Owner's Manual.  Stephen Holden.  $29.95.  Coming soon; please check back next week!





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