"Theoretical Performance of Some Rocket Propellants Containing Hydrogen, Nitrogen, and Oxygen"

Riley O. Miller and Paul M. Ordin, Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)
Predecessor to NASA


....     Actual size is 11 x 8.5-inches

Theoretical Performance of Some Rocket Propellants
Containing Hydrogen, Nitrogen, and Oxygen

Riley O. Miller and Paul M. Ordin, Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), predecessor to NASA

This is a rare technical report which presents 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). 

Rocket propellant performance is evaluated by a number of factors.  The date presented includes nozzle-exit temperature, specific impulse, volume specific impulse, reaction chamber gas compositions, reaction temperatures, and composition, temperature, and mean molecular weight of the reaction products.

The methods of calculating propellant performance is described and illustrated.  This is of special value to rocket propulsion scientists, engineers, chemists, designers, and experimental engine developers, both "amateur" and professional.

The physical, chemical, and thermodynamic data are presented in comprehensive tables, charts, and graphs.  The comparative performance of the propellants is discussed and illustrated by tabulated and plotted data.

The section on "Methods of Calculation" is an education in itself, and the Appendix includes the key symbols used in rocket science formulae.

[These sample illustrations are at greatly reduced resolution and size]

From 1915 until 1958, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) carried out much of the cutting-edge research in aeronautics in the United States. 

Originally created in an effort to organize American aeronautical research and raise it to the level of European aviation, from the beginning, NACA emphasized research and development.  By 1920, the NACA had emerged as a small, loosely organized group of leading-edge scientists and engineers.

In 1940, Congress authorized the construction of an aircraft engine research laboratory near Cleveland, Ohio. Dedicated in 1943, it became Lewis Research Center in 1948, named after George Lewis, former NACA director of aeronautical research.  These advanced projects were carried out at the then-new Lewis Laboratories.

NACA was a valuable disseminator of information to designers and manufacturers. Research results distributed by the committee influenced American aviation technology, and its reports served as the basis for many innovations that were built into American civil and military aircraft. 

High-speed flight research after World War II was often a collaboration between the NACA and the U.S. Army Air Force.  In 1945, the U.S. Army Air Forces NACA began the first of a series of experimental aircraft projects, many of which were designed to develop technology for high-speed flight. 

At Lewis, NACA translated German documents on jet propulsion tests that became basic references in this new field of research. Italian and German professionals came to Lewis to work with their American colleagues in these new aspects of flight research.  This book is a report on some of the most important results of NACA research on rocket propellants.

The NACA ceased to exist on October 1, 1958, succeeded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which was formed largely in response to Soviet space achievements.  NACA became the nucleus of the new agency, and all NACA activities and facilities were folded into 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 and quality bound for years of reference use.  55 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size. 


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