Some fundamental aspects of nitric acid oxidants for rocket applications

Ladanyi, Dezso J., Miller, Riley O., Karo, Wolf., Feiler, Charles E.

The literature pertaining to the preparation, physical properties, corrosiveness, thermal stability, constitution, and analysis of various nitric acids is reviewed primarily with respect to their use as rocket oxidants. Conflicting data are evaluated and recommendations for additional experimental work are indicated. Reactions of nitric acid which could occur during the starting and steady-stage phases of rocket operation are discussed and probable mechanisms are selected on the basis of reported thermal and kinetic data.

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