Advanced Monopropellant Catalysts, Phase II
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Abstract"The use of reduced-toxicity monopropellants such as dimethylaminoethyl azide (CINCH) or those based on energetic liquid salts such as hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN) promises a number of improvements over conventional hydrazine propellant. Chief amongthese is improved safety, which will significantly decrease overall use costs. However, both types of reduced-toxicity monopropellants are difficult to ignite. While this is an asset with respect to safety, it is a liability with respect todesign. Phase I demonstrated the activity of Ultramet's advanced catalysts at -10Â¿C, which is well below the activation temperature required by the industry standard catalyst Shell-405. Not only was the room temperature reaction violent enough to scattersome of the catalyst, but the catalyst also maintained its activity even after repeated propellant additions. In the area of catalyst supports, Ultramet has fabricated a number of candidate supports with surface areas in excess of 380 m2/g,and supported catalysts with surface areas of 450 m2/g have been produced; other supports with surface areas almost an order of magnitude greater have also been synthesized, but not yet tested. In this Phase II project, Ultramet proposes to build on theresults of Phase I and use its extensive experience with catalysts, catalyst supports, and catalytic ignition to develop a low temperature, long-life catalyst for the decomposition of CINCH fuel. This novel catal
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