KSME International Journal

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 473–481 | Cite as

A steady-state combustion modelling of composite solid propellants

Thermal Engineering · Fluid Engineering · Energy and Power Engineering


By depicting the transfer of heat and combustion reaction to take place within thin gas layers close to the propellant surface burning in a steady-state fashion, a mathematical equation has been deduced to describe the burning rate of solid propellant as a function of initial grain temperature and chamber pressure. It has been also assumed that chemical reaction could take place in premixing-diffusing zone but were carried out mainly in the reaction-flame zone. All these phenomena taken place in each zone of combustion have been assumed to be steady-state. In the present investigation, the equation, γ=k·(1/R(T i +C))n. exp (-E a/R(T i +C)(P/z) is being presented and it is compared with experimental data. The proposed model has been tested and evaluated vis-a-vis strand burner data for three different propellants based on CTPB, and it has been found that the deviation of the computed burning rates from the measured rates ranged up to 2%.

Key Words

Composite Solid Propellants Burning Rate Mechanism Decomposition Initial Grain Temperature Combustion Chamber Pressure 



Chemical reaction parameter, Pa· sec · cm−1


Constant of combustion characteristics, cm · sec−1 · Pa−1


Diffusion parameter, Pa1/3 · sec · cm−1


Constant of combustion characteristics, cm · sec−1


Effective temperature difference, K.


Mole concentration of i-component gas, mol · L−1.


Constant of combustion characteristics, cm · sec−1. Pa−m.


Activation energy of gas reaction in the reaction zone, Jmol−1.


Reaction constant.


Average molar weight of decomposed gas mixture, grams · mol−1


Mole number of decomposed gases.


Mole number of i-component gas.


Total mole number of reaction gases.


Constant of combustion characteristics.


Combustion chamber pressure, Pa.


Partial pressure of i-component gas, Pa.


Heat flux, J · sec−1 · cm−2.


Universal gas constant, J · mol−1 · K−1


Burning surface, cm2.


Initial grain temperature, K


Constant, K


Reaction temperature, K


Overall heat transfer coefficient, J · sec−1 · cm−2 · K−1


Volume of propellant, cm3


Weight, grams.


Burning rate, cm · sec−1.


Solid propellant density, grams · cm−3


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological EngineeringInha UniversityKorea
  2. 2.Departmant of Mechanical EngineeringInha UniversityInchonKorea

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