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Liquid Propellants

NASA reference: Liquid Hydrogen as a Propulsion Fuel, 1945 - 1959, SP-4404

Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants
by John D. Clark
Rutgers University Press, c1972,
ISBN: 0-8135-0725-1
Now available from Books on Demand
BOD ISBN: 0-8357-4395-0

How to Design, Build and Test Small Liquid-Fuel Rocket Engines, Rocketlab/China Lake, CA - Highly recommended to the amateur interested in liquid motors.

Design of Liquid Propellant Rocket Engines, Huzel - Excellent overview of liquid rocket technology, great index, lots of pictures and design examples.

This site goes step by step through the startup sequence of a turbopump liquid rocket with great drawings

Solid Propellant

Here is a brief course on rocket propulsion.

Morton Thiokol makes the largest solid rocket motors in the world. They wrote this excellent tutorial.

Hybrid Rockets

This site has a decent description of hybrid propulsion, but be aware that the term NOx is used incorrectly. NOx properly refers to a class of pollutants known as "Nitrogen Oxides", most of which are highly toxic.

It's been years since the Hybrids Now site was updated, but it is still one of the best hybrid sites out there.

Please Support aRocket by purchasing books from our links.

Space Propulsion Analysis and Design
by Nb, Ronald W. Humble (Editor), Wiley J. Larson (Editor), Gary N. Henry (Editor)
McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing; (September 1, 1995)
ISBN: 0070313202

Liquid Rocket Thrust Chambers: Aspects of Modeling, Analysis, and Design
by Vigor Yang, Michael Popp, James Hulka
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; January 2004
ISBN: 1563472236

Future Spacecraft Propulsion Systems: Propulsion, the Enabling Technology for Space Exploration
by Paul A. Czysz, Claudio Bruno
# Springer Verlag; November 2003
ISBN: 1852334622

Advances in Chemical Propulsion: Science to Technology
by G. D. Roy
CRC Press; 1st edition October 25, 2001
ISBN: 0849311713

Advanced Space Propulsion Systems
by Martin Tajmar
Springer Verlag; January 30, 2003
ISBN: 3211838627

Jet Propulsion: A Simple Guide to the Aerodynamic and Thermodynamic Design and Performance of Jet Engines
by Nicholas Cumpsty
Cambridge University Press; 2nd edition September 2003
ISBN: 0521541441

Micropropulsion for Small Spacecraft (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol 187)
by Michael M. Micci, Andrew D. Ketsdever
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; October 2000
ISBN: 1563474484

Aerothermodynamics of Gas Turbine Rocket Propulsion, Third Edition
by Gordon C. Oates
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; 3rd edition June 1997
ISBN: 1563472414

Hypersonic and High Temperature Gas Dynamics
by John David Anderson
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; August 2000
ISBN: 156347459X

Applied Fluid Dynamics Handbook
by Robert D. Blevens
Krieger Publishing Company; Reprint edition June 2003
ISBN: 157524182X

Rocket Propulsion Elements, 7th Edition
by George P. Sutton, Oscar Biblarz
Wiley-Interscience; 7th edition (December 2000)
ISBN: 0471326429

Modern Engineering for Design of Liquid-Propellant Rocket Engines (Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol 147)
by D. K. Huzel, D. H. Huang
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Revised edition December 1992
ISBN: 1563470136

International Reference Guide to Space Launch Systems, Third Edition
by Steven J. Isakowitz, Joshua B. Hopkins, Joseph P. Hopkins
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; 3rd edition (December 1999) ISBN: 1563473534
There will be a new edition released soon, pre order it from this link:
ISBN: 156347591X

Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Propulsion (2nd Edition)
by Philip Graham Hill, Carl Peterson
Addison-Wesley Pub Co; 2nd edition January 1992
ISBN: 0201146592

Rocket and Spacecraft Propulsion: Principles, Practice and New Developments
by Martin J. L. Turner
Springer Verlag; 1st edition May 15, 2000
ISBN: 1852331054

Transport Processes in Chemically Reacting Flow Systems
by Daniel E. Rosner
Dover Pubns; October 2000
ISBN: 0486411826

Introduction to Physical Gas Dynamics
by W.G. Vincenti, Charles H. Kruger
Krieger Publishing Company; Reprint edition June 1975
ISBN: 0882753096


Principles of Combustion
by Kenneth Kuo
John Wiley & Sons; 2nd edition May 14, 2004
ISBN: 0471046892 (new edition, not yet released)
Interscience; 1 edition April 24, 1986
ISBN: 0471098523 (older edition)

Liquid Rocket Engine Combustion Instability
by Vigor Young
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; December 1995
ISBN: 1563471833

by Irvin Glassman
Academic Press; 3rd edition December 1996
ISBN: 0122858522

An Introduction to Combustion: Concepts and Applications w/Software by Stephen R. Turns
McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 2nd edition July 30, 1999
ISBN: 007235044X

Combustion Theory the Fundamental Theory of Chemically Reacting Flow Systems
by Forman A Williams
Perseus Publishing; 2nd edition December 1985
ISBN: 0201407779

Turbulent Combustion
by Norbert Peters
Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (January 15, 2000) ISBN: 0521660823

Combustion: Physical and Chemical Fundamentals, Modeling and Simulation, Experiments, Pollutant Formation
by Robert W. Dibble, Jurgen Warnatz, Ulrich Maas
Springer Verlag; 3rd edition February 15, 2001
ISBN: 3540677518

Thermal Decomposition and Combustion of Expolsives and and Propellants
by G. B. Manelis, G. M. Nazin, Yu. I. Rubtsov, V. A. Strunin
Taylor & Francis; 1 edition (April 1, 2003) ISBN: 0415299845

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