2176. Sizing Solid Propellant Boosters for Weight Growth


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G T Richbourg, L M Stuntz: 2176. Sizing Solid Propellant Boosters for Weight Growth. 1993.



A major contributing factor in sizing a solid propellant booster is the payload or throw weight, Usually, this weight includes an allowance for growth to allow for historical weight growth trends, Yet, another factor sometimes overlooked, is a weight growth allowance for the booster itself, Historical growth trends show booster weight also changes with program maturity. This usually means increasing booster inert weight and decreasing booster propellant weight. This paper gives one approach to sizing a booster that will meet all program mission performance requirements with a design throw weight even when the booster inert weight increases and propellant weight decreases.


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