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Energetics of propellants, fuels and explosives; a chemical valence approach

Jain, SR (1987) Energetics of propellants, fuels and explosives; a chemical valence approach. In: Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, 12 (6). pp. 188-195.

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A simple approach involving the chemical valences of the fuel and the oxidizer elements present in a combustible mixture is described to evaluate the energetics related parameters of propellants, fuels and explosives. It simplifies the stoichiometric balancing of complex combustion equations, and provides an easy method of calculating the elemental stoichiometric coefficient. The method correctly predicts whether a mixture is fuel-lean, fuel-rich or stoichiometrically balanced. The calorimetric value of various stoichiometrically balanced combustible systems has been shown to be linearly dependent upon their total oxidizing (or reducing) valences. This relationship has been used successfully to evaluate the calorific value of fossil fuels. For fuel-rich explosives, a new valence dependent parameter has been derived which is found to be related with properties such as detonation velocity, heat of explosion and impact sensitivity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Additional Information: Copyright belongs to John Wiley and Sons.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:43
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/13210

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