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.
Citation: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6646
NIST Pub Series: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR)
Pub Type: NIST Pubs