DEVELOPMENT OF NITRO-CELLULOSE ROCKET PROPELLANT
Rocket Propellants are mixtures of chemical compounds that, when ignited, produce large volumes of high temperature
gas at controlled, predetermined rates. They sustain combustion in the absence of atmospheric oxygen and are used in
launching projectiles from guns. rockets and missiles. Nitrocellulose provides mechanical strength as well as readily
available energy to gun and rocket propellants.
Nitro-cellulose-Based Propellants are used in:
Gunpowder for small-calibre Ammunition
Single, Double and Triple-Based Ammunition Propellants.
Double-Based Rocket Propellants.
Produce rocket propellants from locally available raw materials.
Enhance advanced technology acquisition and development in Space Science
Assist the Military to achieve their objectives. v. Save foreign exchange for the country.
These include specific Areas in the:
Stabilization of nitrocellulose-based propellants
Development of energetic plasticisers for nitrocellulose in double-based rocket propellants
Development of energetic plasticisers for nitrocellulose in triple-based rocket propellants
Development of Ballistic modifiers
Development of suitable additives such as burn rate modifiers, non-energetic plasticizers, flame suppressants etc.