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Development of solid rocket propulsion system at UTM

Mohd. Jaafar, Mohammad Nazri and Wan Ali, Wan Khairuddin and Dahalan, Md. Nizam and Mamat, Rizalman (2004) Development of solid rocket propulsion system at UTM. Jurnal Mekanikal (18). pp. 111-121. ISSN 0127-3396


Official URL: http://www.fkm.utm.my/~mekanika/Issue%2018/develop...


Rockets have been used from as early as the thirteenth century as fireworks and weapons. However, since then the usage of rockets have been diversified. Nowadays, rockets are used from as small as model rocketry for hobbyist to as large as a satellite launcher. Another diversified usages of rockets is as a launch vehicle for cloud seeding. In line with this, over the past decade Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has been developing capabilities to launch a small rocket. Due to the low cost of raw materials and ease of production process, composite propellant is the best choice for this purpose. Potassium nitrate based solid propellant has been investigated in order to study their properties and performance. As a result, it is found that this propellant is capable of reaching the necessary range for cloud seeding (6 km - 7 km).

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Solid rocket, potassium nitrate, solid rocket motor, static thrust
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions:Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:476
Deposited By: Roslan Abd Rahman
Deposited On:16 Feb 2007 03:29
Last Modified:29 Apr 2013 08:09

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