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Interactions of Hydrazine and Blowby GasesThe interactions between hydrazine and blowby gases from pyrovalves was explored in this research project. Investigating the decomposition chemistry of hydrazine through detailed chemical kinetic modeling is a project started last summer while participating in the Summer Faculty Fellowship program. During the 1999-2000 academic year, the chemical kinetic mechanism for hydrazine decomposition developed while a SFF at NASA's White Sands Test Facility was further revised and validated against the limited experimental data in the literature. This mechanism was then used in assessing the effects of blowby gas species on hydrazine decomposition. The combustion products introduced into the fuel line by pyrovalve actuation consist primarily of hydrogen gas. Hydrogen is also a product of the decomposition of hydrazine. Additional gaseous chemical species are introduced into the fuel, as well as metals and metal salts that deposit onto the walls of the fuel line. The deposition process is undoubtedly very rapid, and exothermic. Therefore, the major focus of this summer's work was examining the effects of hydrogen presence on hydrazine decomposition, with some representative calculations including the remaining gaseous species found to exist in blowby gases. Since hydrogen is a product of hydrazine decomposition, all reactions necessary to evaluate its effect on hydrazine decomposition chemistry were in the original mechanism developed. However, the mechanism needed to be considerably expanded to include the reactions of the other gaseous blowby species with hydrazine, all the intermediate species formed in its decomposition, and each other. The expanded mechanism consists of 70 species interacting via a network of 452 reactions. Calculations with molecular hydrogen introduced into hydrazine gas in an inert bath gas indicate that H2 presence as an initial reactant in substantial amounts can dramatically impact the decomposition process for hydrazine. The other gaseous blowby species (CO, CO2, H2O, CH4, O2, and N2) were found to have little effect compared to the inclusion of hydrogen itself as an initial reagent. This result is undoubtedly due, in part, to the fact that the blowby gas used in these calculations consisted of 94.6% H2. A more rigorous examination of the behavior of the full detailed mechanism under a variety of conditions was not performed.
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Meagher, Nancy E.
(Texas Woman's Univ. Denton, TX, United States)
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September 7, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 2003
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Publication: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program - 2000
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Propellants And Fuels
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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