Development of a micro-catbed for miniature thrusters

Chance Paul Garcia, University of Texas at El Paso


The goal of this work is to develop a micro catalytic bed for miniature thrusters. A test bed was constructed for experimental testing to characterize several parts of the micro catalytic bed. The reactant fluid studied is 90% Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) by weight. Three different cross sectional area designs were tested to determine decomposition efficiency, temperature reaction propensity, optimum flow rate, and temperature distribution across each bed. The products of decomposition were condensed to measure the oxygen released from decomposition. The results will be used to develop the basis for a micro catalytic bed design to implement into future miniature thruster design.

Subject Area

Aerospace engineering|Mechanical engineering

Recommended Citation

Garcia, Chance Paul, "Development of a micro-catbed for miniature thrusters" (2010). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1482105.