Cover: A parametric study of certain low-molecular-weight compounds as nuclear rocket propellants-III: water.

A parametric study of certain low-molecular-weight compounds as nuclear rocket propellants-III: water.

Published 1959

by Firmin Joseph Krieger

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Part of a series devoted to a comparative study of certain low-molecular-weight high-hydrogen content chemical compounds as propellants for nuclear-powered rockets. Although hydrogen, with its high specific impulse, is theoretically the most efficient nuclear-rocket propellant, its physical properties (e.g., low boiling point and low specific gravity) present formidable logistic and design difficulties. Other compounds, such as lithium hydride (LiH), ammonia (NH*), water (H*O), and methane (CH*), are inferior to hydrogen in specific impulse but have compensating physical characteristics. Under certain conditions tns tns tns they may be more desirable than hydrogen as nuclear-rocket propellants. A parametric study, presented in this series of research memoranda, will help to determine what these conditions are. This particular research memorandum presents the result

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