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Material Compatibility with Space Storable Propellants. Design GuidebookAn important consideration in the design of spacecraft for interplanetary missions is the compatibility of storage materials with the propellants. Serious problems can arise because many propellants are either extremely reactive or subject to catalytic decomposition, making the selection of proper materials of construction for propellant containment and control a critical requirement for the long-life applications. To aid in selecting materials and designing and evaluating various propulsion subsystems, available information on the compatibility of spacecraft materials with propellants of interest was compiled from literature searches and personal contacts. The compatibility of both metals and nonmetals with hydrazine, monomethyl hydrazine, nitrated hydrazine, and diborance fuels and nitrogen tetroxide, fluorine, oxygen difluoride, and Flox oxidizers was surveyed. These fuels and oxidizers encompass the wide variety of problems encountered in propellant storage. As such, they present worst case situations of the propellant affecting the material and the material affecting the propellant. This includes material attack, propellant decomposition, and the formation of clogging materials.
Document ID
19720019028
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Authors
Uney, P. E. (Martin Marietta Corp. Denver, CO, United States)
Fester, D. A. (Martin Marietta Corp. Denver, CO, United States)
Date Acquired
August 6, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1972
Subject Category
PROPELLANTS
Report/Patent Number
NASA-CR-127057
MCR-72-26
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: JPL-HF-556439
CONTRACT_GRANT: NAS7-100
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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