Title

Cubic Fuels?

Campus Units

Chemistry

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2000

Journal or Book Title

International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

Volume

76

Issue

3

First Page

434

Last Page

446

DOI

10.1002/(SICI)1097-461X(2000)76:3<434::AID-QUA12>3.0.CO;2-W

Abstract

The cubic molecules C4O4, N8, and Si8R8 are considered as possible high-energy propellants. The potential energy surface minimum for C4O4 is found to be incapable of supporting any bound vibrational levels. N8's decomposition to 4 N2 is mapped in detail, but the initial barrier of its rather complicated dissociation is too modest to allow hope for its handling in bulk quantity. Si8H8 is found to be the most promising additive among the four R's considered, but simulation of its combustion in an LH2/LOX rocket gives only a 6-s specific impulse enhancement.

Comments

This article is from International Journal of Quantum Chemistry 76 (2000): 434, doi:10.1002/(SICI)1097-461X(2000)76:3<434::AID-QUA12>3.0.CO;2-W.

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Language

en

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