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"Liquid Rocket Pressure Regulators, Relief Valves, Check Valves, Burst Disks,
  and Explosive Valves"

by Rocketdyne, Aerojet, TRW Systems, and NASA Lewis Research Center

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Liquid Rocket Pressure Regulators, Relief Valves, Check Valves,
Burst Disks, and Explosive Valves

by Rocketdyne, Aerojet, TRW Systems, and NASA Lewis Research Center


This comprehensive technical reference resource for the liquid propellant rocket scientist, engineer, and technician  reviews state-of-the-art designs for liquid rocket pressure regulators, relief valves, check valves, burst disks, and explosive valves.  The text includes recommended engineering practices for their design, fabrication, testing, and use.

Among the many sections of discussion about regulators are direct acting, dome loaded, piloted, and nonmodulating regulation systems.  Discussions about actuators includes their response, bias springs, control elements, spring reference loads, pilot valve circuits, orifices, thermal compensation, shutoff valves, and flow limiters.  Size and stroke, flow passages, and pressure balancing are explained in great detail.

The book also examines common operational problems, including contamination, lubricants, vibration, moisture in reference cavities and actuators, pilot valve pressure sensing, stability, chatter, poppet closing time, venting, connector leakage, leakage of actuation gas into system, seals, escape of explosive valve debris, accidental operation of explosive valves, and temperature effects on explosive valves.

The sections on relief valves covers both direct, inverted, and pilot operating designs.  Ball poppet, guided poppet, and flapper check valves are studied.  The Burst Disks section discusses burst pressure and reverse-pressure capability, size and thickness, coined-groove patterns, petal retention, materials, temperature effects on properties, fatigue strength, and installation.

Explosive valves--especially important for rocket and missile systems--are examined in detail.  These sections cover bodies and actuators, use, hazards,  and operational problems.

Almost all of this data and information was classified as secret until the time of this report.  This fine handbook will provide solid information for everyone who designs, builds, tests, or uses serious liquid propellant rockets.  It's the official NASA design guide, full of scientific data, rocketry information, and military missile lore, providing data on all types of liquid rocket regulation and valving systems.  And it's the ideal text for "amateur" experimental rocket scientists.  Even though it's oriented toward "grand" rockets and spacecraft systems--like Saturn, and the Apollo Lunar lander--the information applies as well to "backyard" homebuilt liquid and monopropellant rockets!  Heads up, all you serious "amateur" rocket scientists and engineers!

Prepared at the NASA Lewis Research Center by scientists and engineers from Aerojet-General Corporation, TRW, RocketDyne, and NASA, this valuable book gives the practical information you need.  It's a book by the experts, for the experts!  The contents are the result of more than 40 years of investigations by the world's largest propulsion contractors.  Literally millions of dollars were spent obtaining this critical yet hard-to-find data. 


Typical engineering drawing (much smaller than in book)

This is the perhaps most complete and comprehensive book ever written about the theoretical and practical engineering design of liquid rocket subcomponent regulators and special valve assemblies.  It’s thick, heavy, and packed with accurate information for the professional (and “amateur”) rocket scientist, engineer, technician, and experimenter.

Plus you'll have five pages of technical references (78 different studies are listed), a 5 glossary of arcane symbols and definitions used in valve design ... and MUCH more not mentioned here!

Typical illustrations from the book (smaller than actual size)


Typical detailed engineering drawing


Typical detailed engineering drawing


Typical detailed engineering drawing


Typical detailed engineering schematic

If you design, build, test, or fly serious liquid rockets or missiles of any size, you'll want this superb reference textbook.  It’s especially useful for “amateur” rocket builders--there's nothing else quite like it anywhere!

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 for years of reference use.  126 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size.  ISBN 1-878628-33-X.     $22.95
 

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Be sure to also see the companion volumes to this work:  "Liquid Rocket Valve Components" and "Liquid Rocket Valve Assemblies."

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