Solid Fuels for Propulsion: A Deeper Understanding Into the Combustion Behavior Through Kinetic Modeling

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Duration:
01.01.2021 to 31.12.2023
Organizational Unit:
Combustion Fundamentals
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French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL)
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Nitrogen-based energy carriers have a history of use in applications where high-energy density and air-independent operation are required, particularly in space and undersea applications. Hydrazines, commonly used for satellite propulsion, are both toxic and carcinogenic. It is desirable to develop safer alternatives due to both operational and economic concerns. However, the fundamental knowledge on the combustion behavior of nitrogen energy carriers is scarce. The combustion kinetics of nitrogen energy carriers must be understood in order to select promising solid fuels suitable for propulsion with minimal environmental impact. This problem can be addressed via detailed kinetic modeling, which allows a deeper insight into the combustion behavior of fuels and the estimation of the stable intermediates of combustion emitted.