The chemical stability of a propellant and its influence on the ballistic properties during aging is a subject of interest.
The effect of aging on ballistic properties, viz., ignition delay, burning rate, and heat of combustion for an aluminised
ammonium perchlorate–hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (AP/HTPB) composite propellant during accelerated aging were investigated.
Samples of composite propellants were aged at 60 and 70 °C at relative humidity of 50% in a climatic chamber. The propellant
samples were tested with pressurized nitrogen gas environment for ignition delay measurement. Test results indicate that aging
does not have any appreciable effect on ignition delay. The change in ignition delay time is less than 3% within the scatter
of the data. Experiment results indicate that burn rate do affect with pressure but aging does not have much effect on burn
rate. It was also observed that the burning rate at low pressures did not undergo significant changes during the aging period.
The most significant of all the ballistic properties of this propellant is the burning rate exponent which increased by about
10% during the aging period.