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Overview of the German Gel Propulsion Technology Program

Ciezki, Helmut and Negri, Michele and Hürttlen, J. and Weiser, V. and Naumann, Karl and Ramsel, J. (2014) Overview of the German Gel Propulsion Technology Program. In: 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and exhibit 2014. JPC 2014, 28.-30. Jul. 2014, Cleveland, Ohio USA. doi: 10.2514/6.2014-3794.

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Gel propellants offer the possibility to build throttleable propulsion systems with easy handling and storage characteristics. This publication gives an overview of the conducted basic research activities and the technology development work within the German Gel Propulsion Technology Program, which was started in 2001. It covers various aspects of gel production, rheological properties, flow behavior, spray characteristics and combustion behavior, their application in rocket combustors and at least the successful free flights of two demonstrator missiles, each with a gel rocket engine on December 2nd, 2009. To sum up, one can say that up to now the understanding of basic processes as well as the knowledge about combustor and engine technology on gel propulsion could significantly be improved. The progress shows that the technology is ready for first applications, but nevertheless, there are still open gaps to close.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/93951/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Overview of the German Gel Propulsion Technology Program
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Ciezki, HelmutUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1539-4677UNSPECIFIED
Hürttlen, J.Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Weiser, V.Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology - ICT, Pfinztal, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and exhibit 2014
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:gel production, rheological properties, flow behavior, spray characteristics, combustion behavior
Event Title:JPC 2014
Event Location:Cleveland, Ohio USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:28.-30. Jul. 2014
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:fixed-wing aircraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Military Technologies (old)
Location: Lampoldshausen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Propulsion > Propellants
Deposited By: Schmidt, Melanie
Deposited On:23 Dec 2014 10:11
Last Modified:19 Jul 2023 14:19

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