Solid-fuel rocket engines: layered composite materials manufacturing and thermal diffusivity measurements

Adam Dominiak , Michał Rąpała , Roman Domański , Piotr Darnowski


This communication presents thermal diffusivity measurements of fourteen layered insulating composite materials. Composite materials that were taken under investigation contained matrixes based on epoxy and phenol-formaldehyde resins and reinforcements, such as glass, basalt fiber and wrapping or ceramic paper. They were all prepared by the Rocket Section of the Students Space Association (RS-SSA). Manufacturing process of samples is described. Additional objective of this research was to obtain the quality of such prepared materials and if they are reliable enough to be used in solid-fuel rocket motors. Use of composite materials to build combustion chamber walls of solid fuel rocket engines, rather than metal, leads to weight reduction and increases amount of fuel that rocket can carry. That improves performances and gives new possibilities for rocket applications. To apply new high performance solid fuels, development of new composite materials was required. Analysis of thermal properties gives the answer, which material should be used for new solid-fuel rockets designed by RS-SSA.
Author Adam Dominiak (FPAE / IHE)
Adam Dominiak,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Michał Rąpała - [Instytutu Lotnictwa]
Michał Rąpała,,
, Roman Domański (FPAE / IHE)
Roman Domański,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Piotr Darnowski (FPAE / IHE)
Piotr Darnowski,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
Journal seriesHigh Temperature Materials and Processes, ISSN 0334-6455, [2191-0324]
Issue year2013
Keywords in Englishlayered structures; laminate; thermal properties; non-destructive testing
ASJC Classification1606 Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; 2211 Mechanics of Materials; 3104 Condensed Matter Physics; 2500 General Materials Science
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)15
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 15.0, 31-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 15.0, 31-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 2; WoS Citations = 1; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 0.416; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 0.356 (2) - 2013=0.308 (5)
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