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Thermophysical Properties Measurements and Models for Rocket Propellant RP-1: Phase I



Joe W. Magee, Thomas J. Bruno, Daniel G. Friend, Marcia L. Huber, Arno D. Laesecke, Eric Lemmon, Mark O. McLinden, Richard A. Perkins, J¿rg Baranski, Jason A. Widegren


Accurate knowledge of thermophysical properties is a prerequisite to design efficient and cost-effective rocket engine systems that use the kerosene rocket propellant designated RP-1. A robust properties model that is based on reliable experimental measurements is the best means to provide this information to designers. Thus, a combined experimental and modeling study was carried out to elucidate the behavior of key properties over wide ranges of temperature and pressure. As a first step in this study, an RP-1 sample provided by the Air Force Research Lab (Cleveland, OH) was chemically characterized. Then, thermophysical properties were measured for this sample. Those experimental results were used to develop a mixture model based on a representative surrogate mixture. The results of this study were presented for review and comments during a December 11, 2003 Workshop attended by representatives of NASA, Air Force and their contractors.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6646
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Magee, J. , Bruno, T. , Friend, D. , Huber, M. , Laesecke, A. , Lemmon, E. , McLinden, M. , Perkins, R. , Baranski, J. and Widegren, J. (2007), Thermophysical Properties Measurements and Models for Rocket Propellant RP-1: Phase I, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 21, 2024)


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Created January 31, 2007, Updated October 12, 2021