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TOMSK, Dec 17 – RIA Tomsk. Scientists of the Faculty of Physics and Engineering of Tomsk State University (FPE TSU) together with the local company "SPC ChT" developed and tested an improved model of a hybrid rocket engine; during the project they synthesized new components of rocket fuel, which increased its calorie content, the university’s press service said on Tuesday.
Earlier it was reported that TSU together with Roscosmos plan to create a Space Research Center on the basis of the university, which should become one of the platforms for training personnel for the rocket and space industry. Among the activities of the center will be the creation of new materials for spacecraft, development of new high-energy systems, improvement of the functional characteristics of satellites.
"The team of FPE TSU was implementing a project to improve the design of a hybrid solid-fuel rocket engine and the fuel itself. Scientists have compiled a mathematical model of an optimized engine and made fuel compositions based on aluminum diboride and dodecaboride. This is one of the most promising directions in the world for improving fuel efficiency", - is said in the message.
Rocket fuel with the addition of components proposed by TSU specialists is characterized by the highest calorific value, and this is precisely what characterizes the fuel efficiency. To increase the calorific value of solid rocket fuel, Tomsk scientists proposed to introduce boron in its composition in conjunction with aluminum.
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“Our method of polyborides synthesizing is quite unique and effective, and it became one of the main achievements during the project. The materials passed all the necessary studies, certification, we calculated the burning rate and calorific value of fuel, and our partner "SPC ChT" mastered the production of these borides and other compounds ", - the professor of FPE TSU Alexander Zhukov is quoted by the press service.
Production of new rocket fuel components will be implemented within the framework of the Russian-Indian project. It is assumed that on an industrial scale such production will be launched by Indian customers as early as next year, emphasizes the report.