Advances on Gel Propulsion
June, the 28th, 2016 at 12:00 in Sala Consiglio of the DAER, 2nd Floor, Building B12, Campus Bovisa
Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Aerospaziali
Via La Masa 34
Prof. Benny Natan
Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Gel propellants and fuels attract significant attention in the last years because of their safety and performance advantages. They can be stored as solids and they are atomized and burned as liquids. In addition, specific gel propellants can be hypergolic (ignite upon contact) and "green". A survey of gels will be presented together with recent advances.
B.Sc. - 1977, M.Sc. - 1982, Ph.D. - 1988 All from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
Oct. 1991 - present
Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion-I.I.T., Haifa, Israel
March 2016-present and Sept. 2013 – March 2014
Visiting Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
Aug. 2003 - Feb. 2004
Visiting Professor, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Sept. 1989 - Sept. 1991
National Research Council Research Associate
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Propulsion and Combustion and related areas, including:
Gel Propellants (rheology, flow, atomization and combustion) for Rocket and Ramjet Engines; Hydrogen Peroxide applications; Hybrid Rockets; Boron Combustion, Combustion of Metals.
Member International Academy of Astronautics
Associate Fellow of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Member of The Combustion Institute, The Institute of Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems, Israeli Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion
12 times Outstanding Lecturer Award at the Technion, Israel.
50 REFEREED PAPERS IN PROFESSIONAL Scientific Journals
70 PUBLICATIONS IN CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS