Propellant Combustion Wave Studies by Embedded Thermocouple and Imaging Method at Ambient Pressure

Rakesh Kumar Kalal, Himanshu Shekhar, Prashant Sudhir Alegaonkar, Shrikant Pande


This paper discusses the method for propellant combustion studies with embedded thermocouple and imaging method at ambient pressure. In this study, three different propellant compositions are experimentally evaluated for surface temperature, flame zone temperature with embedded thermocouple, and reaction zone thickness with high-speed imaging of propellant during combustion at ambient pressure. Preheat zone and flame zone temperature profiles are recorded with time and surface temperature is determined with available models. Observation of these experiments gives the difference between combustion mechanism of double-base propellant with diethylene glycol dinitrate (DEGDN) and 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT), composite propellant (CP) and CP with energetic binder. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images analysis for pristine and quenched sample is also presented.


Combustion; Combustion wave; Thermocouple; Composite propellant; Double-Base propellant.

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