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Biphasic Dispersion Fuels for High Performance Hybrid Propulsion

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posted on 2019-08-02, 18:32 authored by Joshua D MathewsJoshua D Mathews
This thesis describes a novel approach to augmenting the combustion performance of hybrid rocket fuels, specifically in terms of regression rate and combustion efficiency. Liquid additives are emulsified into molten paraffin wax using nonionic surfactants and cured to form cylindrical fuel grains. Fuel grains were tested in a lab scale, optically accessible hybrid rocket motor and compared to the performance of neat paraffin fuel grains.




Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Aeronautics and Astronautics

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dr. Timothée L. Pourpoint

Additional Committee Member 2

Dr. Stephen D. Heister

Additional Committee Member 3

Dr. Elias I. Franses

Additional Committee Member 4

Dr. Bryan Boudouris