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Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:42 am
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Hippie says...



I have to do a physics report on a manned mission to Mars. It involves choosing fuel types for the ship. I've narrowed it down to liquid hydrogen or hydrazine. Hydrogen has a higher specific impulse, and hydrazine has a higher density impulse. I don't have a clue what these terms mean, and my teacher says he's never heard of them before.

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Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:52 pm
Sleeping Valor says...



I don't remember ever having to do anything like that when I did physics. But here ya go.

Specific impulse is a way to describe the efficiency of rocket and jet engines. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specific_impulse

As for 'density impulse' I can't find a reference to it. Though maybe if you read through that article it will give you an idea. I'm thinking that it might refer to the amount of impulse you get being more for a similar amount (which is why they use density).


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Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:59 am
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Thanks. Now that I know the units for specific impulse I could find out the rate of fuel consumption which is what I needed.
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Glad to be of help. =P

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(Seriously. I never got to do any projects like this. >_>)
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