How Composite Rocket Engines Work

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Related Information About Rocket Motors:
  • What exactly is "composite propellant?" How does it differ from black powder?
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  • What kind of starters do you use for composite propellant motors? Click Here.
  • How To Make Your Own Rocket Motors - Are you looking for formulas and instructions for home-brew rocket engines?
  • How do Black-Powder propellant rocket motors work? Click Here.
  • How to select rocket engines - a step-by-step guide. Click Here
  • How do you use the Quest Tiger-Tail starter? Click Here.
  • Learn how Black Powder "Multi-stage" rocket motors work. Click Here.
  • Why aren't there any "composite propellant" booster stage motors? Click Here.
  • How do you stage "Composite Propellant" rocket engines? See Newsletter #91
  • What is the Hibachi effect in a composite motor? Click Here.
  • How do you choose the right rocket motor for your rocket? Click Here.
  • How do you determine the Maximum Lift-Off Weight for a rocket motor? Click Here.
  • How does a piston launcher increase the performance of a rocket motor? Click Here.
  • Learn the theory and the laws-of-physics behind rocket propulsion. Click Here.
  • Chemical composition of rocket propellants. This report from the National Association of Rocketry gives the stochiometric formula for Black Powder propellant and a "generic" formula for composite propellant. This is useful information if you are a teacher of a chemistry class and you want to do some more in depth work with rockets. Note: The actual formulas for composite propellant are proprietary from the various manufacturers.

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