Laboratory Synthesis and Performance Evaluation of White Fuming Nitric Acid
The focus of this research was to find an alternative to purchasing white fuming nitric acid (WFNA) to be used as a non-toxic, hypergolic oxidizer in a bipropellant rocket engine. Synthesis of high-concentration nitric acid (HNO3) is warranted since the supply of >99.5% WFNA is decreasing and the price is increasing. It is both cost- and time-effective to produce the oxidizer rather than procure it from a supplier. A distillation setup and procedure were created to produce the >99.5% WFNA. Once the oxidizer was produced, density calculations and titrations were performed to determine the concentration of the acid. Droplet testing was utilized to compare the performance of the produced WFNA to the purchased WFNA before hot-fire testing in the hypergolic engine.
|Work Title||Laboratory Synthesis and Performance Evaluation of White Fuming Nitric Acid|
|License||In Copyright (Rights Reserved)|
|Publication Date||April 2021|
|Deposited||April 07, 2021|
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