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This segment of the web site is dedicated to the explanation and support of TvU's research into cryostabilized propellants. The research is motivated by the need for revolutionary improvements in chemical propellants. The liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen (LH2/LOX) propellant pair has been the highest energy propellant practically available since its use was first explored at the end of World War 2, some 60 years ago. Incremental improvements in chamber pressure and nozzles have improved the performance of LH2/LOX engines since then, but no major improvements in propellant energy has occurred since then. Significant gains in propellant energy release would allow dramatic progress in the development of space travel.
The research discussed below offers an opportunity for the ongoing work at TvU to be examined and commented on by the technical community. Criticisms can be e-mailed and corrections/improvements made in response. Formal proposals for continued research and experiments on this research have been submitted by TvU to NASA and the Air Force, but have been consistently rejected because of work done for the Air Force High Energy Density Material program in the 1990's. TvU believes that the negative conclusions reached in this program were premature.
This research is currently unfunded, and seeks funding.
This section provides a linked outline of the research.
This section describes the strengths, weakness, inadequacies, limitations, and important conclusions of other research.
The primary benefit of this research would be revolutionary improvement of chemical propellant energy. In technical parameters, propellant specific impulse, Isp, would be significantly reduced. Much greater payloads could be placed in orbit much more economically.
This section describes experiments and proposed experiments at TvU.
This section offers a detailed discussion of various points, as well as papers published by Dr. Bates.
This section presents the bare physical science logic of the research, rather than the descriptive words usually conveying the principles involved.
This section describes modeling at TvU.
This is an ongoing, labor intensive work, please be patient for links and updates.
Contact Stephen Bates (email@example.com) with questions.
Last updated: July 2015