The following are the sources used to create this propellant properties database.
Gas&Liq 5th Ed¶
Properties of Gases and Liquids, Fifth Edition, also available as a PDF, is an all-inclusive, critical survey of the most reliable estimating methods in use today written and organized by Bruce Poling, John Prausnitz, and John O’Connell.
Areas covered include pure component constants; thermodynamic properties of ideal gases, pure components and mixtures; pressure-volume-temperature relationships; vapor pressures and enthalpies of vaporization of pure fluids; fluid phase equilibria in multicomponent systems; viscosity; thermal conductivity; diffusion coefficients; and surface tension.
For this project, Properties of Gases and Liquids, Fifth Edition, is being used to select recommended models for each of the fluid properties (vapor pressure, density, viscosity, etc.).
REFPROP is software created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It calculates the thermodynamic and transport properties of industrially important fluids and their mixtures. REFPROP is an acronym for REFerence fluid PROPerties.
The version of RefProp used to generate the data here is from 2007, not the most current version of REFPROP.
As of this writing, the current version, Version 10.0, includes 147 pure fluids. Of interest here are: ammonia, methane, ethane, propane, fluorine, oxygen, normal hydrogen, parahydrogen, ethanol, methanol, nitrous oxide.
From 2012, there are some unofficial property files for hydrazine and monomethylhydrazine as well as from 2008, an unofficial file for RP1.
Bear in mind that REFPROP uses the most accurate nist-equations of state and models currently available, but it is not fluid data. It generalizes fluid data by the most accurate methods currently available.
CoolProp is an open source C++ library with a python interface to calculate state-of-the-art formulations of fluid thermophysical properties. As of this writing, 110 pure and pseudo-pure fluids are included in the library, as well as properties of 40 incompressible fluids
Of interest here are: methane, ethane, fluorine, methane, oxygen, hydrogen, parahydrogen, ethanol, methanol, nitrous oxide, ammonia.
The github source code of thermo is described as: Chemical properties component of Chemical Engineering Design Library (ChEDL) and is accessible at: https://github.com/CalebBell/thermo.
It facilitates the retrieval of constants of chemicals, the calculation of temperature and pressure dependent chemical properties (both thermodynamic and transport), the calculation of the same for chemical mixtures (including phase equilibria), and assorted information of a regulatory or legal nature about chemicals.
In the mid 1970’s Aerojet Liquid Rocket Company (ALRC), now known as Aerojet Rocketdyne, published an internal book of propellant properties (brown image below). This was largely an updated and corrected reprint of a previous publication by Aerojet General in 1961 (blue cover below).
The ALRC book contains graphs of thermal conductivity, heat capacity, specific gravity, vapor pressure and viscosity. Also included are tables of molecular weight, freezing temperature, normal boiling point, critical temperature, critical pressure, heat of vaporization and heat of formation.
Many of the graphs of propellant properties in the ALRC book were digitized and used as property correlations in this project.
An example page for Aerozine-50 is shown below.
AFRPL-TR-69-149 is the USAF Propellant Handbooks Hydrazine Fuels Volume I.
See: AFRPL-TR-69-149 PDF
Published by Bell Aerospace Company in 1970 it was prepared for the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (AFRPL) and covers the properties of a variety of amine rocket fuels including: ammonia, Aerozine-50, hydrazine, UDMH, MMH and MHF3.
AFRPL-TR-76-76 is the USAF Propellant Handbooks Nitric Acid/Nitrogen Tetroxide Oxidizers Vol II.
See: AFRPL-TR-76-76 PDF
Published by Martin Marietta Corporation, Denver Division in 1977 it was prepared for the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (AFRPL) and covers, “Properties and Logistics”, “Handling, Storage and Compatibility” and “Safety” for Nitric Acid and Nitrogen Tetroxide.
It includes some data for Mixed Oxides of Nitrogen , MON10, MON25 and MON30 for which 10%, 25% and 30% of Nitric oxide (NO) is added to N2O4 by weight.
Unit 29 of the CPIA-LPM Manual includes a section on Mixed Oxides of Nitrogen (MON).
It focuses on MON10, MON25 and MON30.
Due to significant omissions and errors in published propellant properties, a Vandenberg Update was published in 1999.
The methods used to try and resolve some of these errors included (1) a comparison of various literature values, including an assessment of data quality, to determine whether reported values were measured or estimated, (2) a derivation of temperature dependent correlation coefficients and validation with independent measurements (where sufficient measured data were available), and (3) an estimation of the missing parameters using modern techniques such as the method of corresponding states or group contribution methods. Utilizing these methods resulted in a validated set of properties (many as functions temperature) for hypergolic propellants, which are suitable for environmental modeling applications and more general engineering calculations. The complete parameter set is provided, along with references and examples illustrating the above methods. Also, mixing rules, pseudo-critical properties, and mixture properties are provided for a nominal composition Aerozine-50 mixture.
The density equation for N2H4 is clearly incorrect as published. Almost certainly, the 1st coefficient of the density equation should be 1.2492 instead of the published 1.02492. This correction has been made for N2H4 in this project.
Also note that the equation for thermal conductivity of N2H4 gives values higher than other references by about a factor of 2.
Within this document, the data sources are:
Rocketdyne, now known as Aerojet Rocketdyne, published a document called ENGINEERING PROPERTIES OF ROCKET PROPELLANTS for the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory (AFRPL) in 1973.
It is Report Number AFRPL-TR-73-105 and includes data for a number of propellants.
NIST Chemistry WebBook provides thermochemical, thermophysical, and ion energetics data compiled by NIST under the Standard Reference Data Program. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) uses its best efforts to deliver a high quality copy of the Database and to verify that the data contained therein have been selected on the basis of sound scientific judgment.
NIST is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The NIST Chemistry WebBook was developed in part with funds from the Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) program at NIST.