- Feb 2, 2003
- Reaction score
Other day while in Chem II class ( 5 minutes before the bell rang) we had our off topic time and somebody asked if we could make TNT in the lab and of course the answer was no. While on the topic of making stuff in the lab, I asked if we could make AP. She said she wasn't sure about the school regulation. So i thought for a second and tryed to think of a propellant that wasn't regulated and suddenly sugar motors popped into my head after hearing Johnny Paul's and Todd Lumpkins talk about them. So I asked if we could make KNO3 (potassium nitrate) in the lab and she said the we could and she already had those chemicals in the lab. SCORE!!! She (my teacher) is now very interested in making rocket propellant in the lab. We will for sure make the oxidizer (KNO3) but not sure yet if we want to add the fuel because that is when things can get out of hand. She was wanting to put the propellant and make it into an actual motor and fire it in one of my rockets but I told her that we probably shouldn't because that is a whole set of more things to do. It would be pretty hard to make a casing and nozzles considering I don't have or have any plans of buying a lathe. I have been advised from making the complete motor (we were just going to make the propellant and just light a small pile of it in this special thing in the lab that has a protective glass shield, but she is really interested in the complete motor and I was wondering if there were any safe and eay ways to make an actual motor. It would be an endburner (core burning too complicated right now) and probably no bigger than the G size range. Maybe H or I but probably not. Does anybody have advice or anything to offer? I'm not asking for recipies or anything (I can get those on the internet anywhere) just more or less, the motor application part. Thanks!