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Aerospace Colloid as Rocket Fuel?

  1. Jul 2, 2010 #1
    Are there any possible performance gains or advantages in a rocket using a colloid as fuel propellant? If so, what might these be, and are there any examples of such rockets having been tried?

    Solid-fueled rockets are known to offer advantages in higher thrust, while liquid-fueled rockets offer the advantage of being throttlable.

    Could a colloidal rocket fuel perhaps offer some flexible compromise between the two?

    What additional considerations would have to be made in the design and operation of such a rocket?

    What problems or complications could a colloidal fuel pose?
    Could there be ablative or coking/fouling problems?
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