Oxygen Compatibility for Aerospace Materials

Jazmin Abril Arellano, University of Texas at El Paso


The use of oxygen for aerospace applications is bonded to the history of American rocketry. The first liquid powered rocket engine used gaseous oxygen to pressurize both gasoline as fuel and liquid oxygen as oxidizer. Research and development about oxygen compatibility with aerospace materials has been continuously performed. However, no universal test has been developed to determine the oxygen compatibility of all materials yet. A review about oxygen properties, ignition mechanisms and their unique characteristic elements in addition to metals and nonmetals commonly used in oxygen systems and materials prohibited in oxygen applications can be found in this document. The use of oxygen compatibility assessment as a tool to do proper material selection is discussed and highly encouraged. This paper attempts to facilitate the selection process for materials intended in oxygen systems.

Subject Area

Aerospace engineering

Recommended Citation

Arellano, Jazmin Abril, "Oxygen Compatibility for Aerospace Materials" (2022). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI29324245.