Powder and Propellants: Energetic Materials at Indian Head, Maryland, 1890-2001 / Edition 2

Powder and Propellants: Energetic Materials at Indian Head, Maryland, 1890-2001 / Edition 2

by Rodney P. Carlisle
     
 

ISBN-10: 1574411497

ISBN-13: 9781574411492

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: University of North Texas Press


Revised and updated, this is the story of the U.S. Navy’s premier facility for research, development, testing, and evaluation of “energetic materials,” the chemical compounds used in gun and rocket propellants as well as in aircraft cockpit ejection seats. Initially charged to improve the penetrating power of warheads against steel armor, Indian…  See more details below

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Revised and updated, this is the story of the U.S. Navy’s premier facility for research, development, testing, and evaluation of “energetic materials,” the chemical compounds used in gun and rocket propellants as well as in aircraft cockpit ejection seats. Initially charged to improve the penetrating power of warheads against steel armor, Indian Head became the proving grounds for testing guns, propellant powder, shells, mounts, and armor, notably the manufacture and testing of Jet Assist Takeoff (JATO), Zuni, Talos, and Polaris rockets and missiles.

First published in 1990 as a private publication for the Navy, Powder and Propellants is now available again as a revised and expanded second edition, with a new chapter on the institution’s last decade. Those interested in military history, technology, and government institutional history will find this book invaluable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574411492
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 10.50(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface
About the Author
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Ch. 1Origins of the Naval Ordnance Station1
Ch. 2Early Powder Manufacturing and Ordnance Testing19
Ch. 3Ordnance Technology in the World War I Era43
Ch. 4Indian Head in Ordnance Research, 1921-194163
Ch. 5Indian Head: The Navy and the Community, 1890-194089
Ch. 6World War II105
Ch. 7Postwar Patterns121
Ch. 8Years of Transition, 1955-1963137
Ch. 9From Naval Propellant Plant to Naval Ordnance Station161
Ch. 10The Post-Vietnam Years185
Ch. 11The Second Century Begins213
Epilogue: Retrospectives and Prospects237
App. 1Tours of Duty, Inspectors of Ordnance in Charge and Commanding Officers, Indian Head245
App. 2Biographical Information, Officers in Charge and Commanding Officers, Indian Head247
App. 3Oral History Interviews Conducted for this Work258
App. 4Milestones in Technology and Management259
App. 5Chiefs of the Navy Bureau of Ordnance and its Successors, 1881-2001263
Notes265
Glossary of Technical Terms303
Bibliography311
Index317

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