Silicon hydrides as high-energy fuels: facts and perspectives

B. Hidding, M. Pfitzner, D. Simone, C. Bruno

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Abstract

The history and potential use of silicon hydrides for air- and spacecraft propulsion is summarized. Silanes burn vigorously with most oxidizers, releasing a high amount of usable energy because they have highly positive heats of formation. Monosilane is an extremely effective combustion enhancer and is used as an ignition aid in NASA scramjet ground testing and flights and is reported to have been used in RBCC (Rocket Based Combined Cycle) research programs. Recent thermochemical data, obtained from ab initio calculations, have enabled estimating ideal performance of lower, gaseous silanes and also of the hitherto relatively unknown higher, liquid silanes as rocket and scramjet fuels. Limitations of these performance predictions are identified and discussed and several research activities are proposed in order to come to a more realistic description and assessment.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference
Place of PublicationReston, VA.
Pages5859-5867
Number of pages9
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2007
Event43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: 8 Jul 200711 Jul 2007

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Conference43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference
CountryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH
Period8/07/0711/07/07

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Hidding, B., Pfitzner, M., Simone, D., & Bruno, C. (2007). Silicon hydrides as high-energy fuels: facts and perspectives. In Collection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference (Vol. 6, pp. 5859-5867). Reston, VA.. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2007-5600
Hidding, B. ; Pfitzner, M. ; Simone, D. ; Bruno, C. / Silicon hydrides as high-energy fuels : facts and perspectives. Collection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. Vol. 6 Reston, VA., 2007. pp. 5859-5867
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Hidding, B, Pfitzner, M, Simone, D & Bruno, C 2007, Silicon hydrides as high-energy fuels: facts and perspectives. in Collection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. vol. 6, Reston, VA., pp. 5859-5867, 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference, Cincinnati, OH, United States, 8/07/07. https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2007-5600

Silicon hydrides as high-energy fuels : facts and perspectives. / Hidding, B.; Pfitzner, M.; Simone, D.; Bruno, C.

Collection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. Vol. 6 Reston, VA., 2007. p. 5859-5867.

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Hidding B, Pfitzner M, Simone D, Bruno C. Silicon hydrides as high-energy fuels: facts and perspectives. In Collection of Technical Papers - 43rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. Vol. 6. Reston, VA. 2007. p. 5859-5867 https://doi.org/10.2514/6.2007-5600