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Propellants and Explosives: Thermochemical Aspects of Combustion, 2nd, Completely Revised and Extended Edition

ISBN: 978-3-527-60955-0
530 pages
February 2007
Propellants and Explosives: Thermochemical Aspects of Combustion, 2nd, Completely Revised and Extended Edition (3527609555) cover image
This second edition of the classic on the thermochemistry of combustion now features five new chapters and updated coverage of significant recent developments in the field.
Addressing both experimental as well as theoretical aspects, the book covers the thermochemical and combustion characteristics of all important types of energetic materials, such as explosives, propellants, and the new class of pyrolants, as well as related phenomena. It presents the fundamental bases of the energetics of materials, deflagration and detonation, thermochemical process of decomposition and combustion, plus combustion wave structures. The book also goes on to discuss the combustion mechanisms of various types of energetic materials, propellants, and explosives, based on the heat transfer process in the combustion waves. The burning rate models are also presented as an aid to understanding the rate-controlling steps of combustion processes, thus demonstrating the relationships of burning rate versus pressure and initial temperature. As a major topic new to this edition, new propulsion methods such as duct rockets, ramjets, pulse motors and thrusters are described in detail, while appendices on flow field dynamics and shock wave propagation have been added.
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Thermodynamics of Energy Conversion
Thermochemistry of Combustion
Combustion Wave Propagation
Energetics of Propellants and Explosives
Combustion of Crystalline and Polymeric Materials
Combustion of Double-Base Propellants
Combustion of Composite Propellants
Combustion of Explosives
Formation of Energetic Pyrolants
Combustion Propagation of Pyrolants
Emission from Combustion Products
Transient Combustion
Rocket Thrust Modulation
Ducted Rocket Propulsion
Appendix A: List of Abbreviation of Energetic Materials
Appendix B: Measurements of Burning Rate and Combustion Wave Structure
Appendix C: Dynamics in Flow Field
Appendix D: Shock Wave Propagation
Appendix E: List of Mathematical Symbols
Index
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Dr. Kubota received a Doctorate from Princeton University in 1973, majoring in "Solid Propellant Combustion" and "Rocket Propulsion including Ducted Rocket Engine". His current position is Senior Research Scientist of Propellant Combustion Laboratory, Asahi Kasei Chemicals. Previously, he was Director, Third Research Center, Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), Japan Defense Agency, which is responsible for aircraft and missiles.
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Newly developed propulsion systems such as ducted rockets, pulse motors and impulse thrusters as well as pyrolants, a new class of materials, are covered in detail.
The original nine chapters have been completely revised and another six have been added: Formation of Energetic Pyrolants, Combustion Propagation of Pyrolants, Emission from Combustion Products, Transient Combustion, Rocket Thrust Modulation, and Ducted Rocket Propulsion.
New appendices on flow field dynamics and shock wave propagation have been added.
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"…I was impressed by the elegant thermodynamic analysis." (Journal of Hazardous Materials, June 1, 2007)
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