In the present paper, the use of advanced catalytic beds on ceramic supports as a cost-effective alternative to metal screen reactors for the decomposition of high-concentration hydrogen peroxide in small monopropellant rockets is investigated. For this purpose, a reconfigurable test bench for the characterization of the operation and the propulsive performance of small rocket thrusters has been designed and realized. The present paper illustrates the experimental campaign carried out on a 5 N thruster prototype operating with two platinum catalysts on y-alumina supporting spheres. The results indicated that Pt/Al2O3 is an effective catalyst combination for the decomposition of 87.5% propellant-grade hydrogen peroxide, with good stability and performance comparable to silver screen beds of equal geometric envelope and operational conditions. Incomplete hydrogen peroxide decomposition and the onset of flow oscillations in the reactor were observed at the tested levels of be...
|Autori:||PASINI A; TORRE L; ROMEO L; CERVONE A; D'AGOSTINO L|
|Titolo:||Testing and Characterization of a Hydrogen Peroxide Monopropellant Thruster|
|Anno del prodotto:||2008|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|