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Properties of Ethylene Oxide and Hydrazine Related to their Use as Propellants


Robison, William Clay (1953) Properties of Ethylene Oxide and Hydrazine Related to their Use as Propellants. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/QHQT-NG37.


NOTE: Text or symbols not renderable in plain ASCII are indicated by [...]. Abstract is included in .pdf document. PART I. Ethylene Oxide as a Monopropellant. Thermodynamic calculations to determine the theoretical performance of ethylene oxide as a monopropellant have been carried out for various possible decomposition reactions. A survey of the literature on the kinetics of the thermal decomposition of ethylene oxide is presented. PART II. Experimental Measurement of the Heats of Dissociation of Hydrazine - Water and Hydrazine - Alcohol Systems. A glass apparatus has been constructed for determining heats of dissociation at low temperatures. Published data on hydrazine-water mixtures have been checked. The heat of dissociation of N[subscript2] H[subscript 4][...]CH[subscript 3]OH has been found to be 8.62 Kcals/mole.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Aeronautical Engineering
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Penner, Stanford S.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1953
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-05092003-093602
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ID Code:1691
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Deposited On:09 May 2003
Last Modified:25 May 2023 21:22

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