Temperature Sensitivity of AP/HTPB-Based Rocket Propellants Using a New High-Pressure Strand Burner Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2017 by the authors. Solid propellants are used in a variety of applications and are often exposed to a wide range of pressures and temperatures. While many facilities are capable of determining propellant burning rates and temperature sensitivities, few fulfill both requirements. Additionally, most studies only determine burning rates up to 15.5 MPa (2250 psi). Therefore, a new very high-pressure strand burner for determining both burning rates up to pressures of 68.9 MPa (10,000 psi) and temperature sensitivity was developed and characterized at Texas A&M University. The development and design of the new strand burner and facility is summarized along with testing procedures and diagnostics. The low-temperature sensitivity tests were performed by placing the entire vessel horizontally into a freezer and cooling it to -88°F. Alternatively, the high-temperature tests were performed by mounting the strand burner vertically and wrapping resistance heating tape around the vessel and heating it to an initial temperature of 194°F. The high-pressure tests above 5000 psi were performed using an air-supplied gas booster. The burning rate results were then validated through a comparison of the new data to historical data. Similarly, the temperature sensitivity results were qualitatively verified by comparing it to previously reported data.

author list (cited authors)

  • Dillier, C. A., Demko, A., Stahl, J., Reid, D., & Petersen, E. L.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • January 2017