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High-Altitude Explosion Properties of the Hydrogen-Oxygen System in Vented Tanks

  • S. Kaye
  • R. T. Murray
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 13)

Abstract

One of the problems which concerns the man-rating of a vehicle such as the Saturn is the evaluation of the explosion or detonation hazard arising in the interstage from the presence of liquid and/or solid hydrogen and oxygen. This situation can arise because of leakage, engine chill-down and conditioning or rupture of feed lines, etc. at altitudes above 60,000 ft. Results of a previous program have already been reported [1] in which the effect of ambient pressure, mixture ratio, ignition source and confinement on the ignition and reaction phenomena of the condensed phase hydrogen-oxygen system were studied.

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References

  1. 1.
    S. Kaye, in: Advances in Cryogenic Engineering, Vol. 11, Plenum Press, New York (1966), p. 277.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    G. D. Hopson, private communication.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Kaye
    • 1
  • R. T. Murray
    • 1
  1. 1.General Dynamics/ConvairSan DiegoUSA

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