Material Design Concepts for Uncooled Nuclear Rocket Nozzles

  • S. R. Locke
  • R. L. Ahearn
Conference paper

Abstract

An uncooled nuclear rocket nozzle would provide significant weight, cost, and reliability advantages. Current data on materials indicate that composite materials systems would be capable of successful operation in the extreme environments imposed on nuclear rocket nozzles. This paper presents a four-basic-composite-materials-systems concept which has been developed under a preliminary program sponsored by Martin-Orlando.

Keywords

Titanium Graphite Zirconium Carbide Welding 

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References

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Copyright information

© Plenum Press 1965

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. R. Locke
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. L. Ahearn
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Martin CompanyDenverUSA
  2. 2.Martin CompanyOrlandoUSA

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