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Multi-mode nanothermite thrusters with tunable impulse

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Abstracts (Missouri Technology Expo 2010)

Source : Abstracts (Missouri Technology Expo 2010) (2010)

Campus : Coimbatore

School : School of Engineering

Department : Electronics and Communication

Year : 2010

Abstract : Microthrusters have applications in projectile guidance systems, and micro-nano-satellite control. Thrusters are an integral part of a guidance system that includes orientation and trajectory sensors and target recognition components. The thrusters provide the actuation force to move the projectile. Nanothermite composites containing metallic fuel and inorganic oxidizer have unique combustion properties that make them potentially useful for microthruster applications. The nanothermite formulation can be tuned to achieve specific impulse characteristics. Depending on the application of the thruster, nanothermite formulation and motor design can be chosen to meet the application requirements. If properly configured, the reaction can have a velocity of 3mm/s or 1000m/s. The efficiency of the thrusters is not drastically affected by the duration of reaction

Cite this Research Publication : S. Gangopadhyay, Apperson, S. J., Gangopadhyay, K., Dr. T. Rajagopalan, and Bezmelnitsyn, A., “Multi-mode nanothermite thrusters with tunable impulse”, Abstracts (Missouri Technology Expo 2010), 2010.

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