Effects of variations in combustion-chamber configuration on ignition delay in a 50-pound-thrust rocket

Ladanyi, Dezso J
October 05, 1956

Ignition delays of a diallylaniline-triethylamine mixture and of triethyl trithioposphite with red fuming nitric acid were measured as a function of combustor dimensions, initial propellant temperature, and initial ambient pressure. Ignition delay increased with exhaust-nozzle diameter. Ignition delay also increased as propellant temperature decreased, but did not vary with initial ambient pressure except with the largest nozzle diameter. A correlation among ignition delay, combustor dimensions, and propellant temperature is presented, and the extension of the correlation to other systems is discussed.

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