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gaseous reaction products, which in turn are accelerated and ejected at a high velocity to impart a thrust force. A thrust chamber has three major parts: an injector, a combustion chamber, and a nozzle. In a cooled thrust chamber, one of the propellants (usually the fuel) is circulated through cooling jackets or a special cooling passage to absorb the heat that is transferred from the hot reaction gases to the thrust chamber walls (see Figs 8-2 and 8-3). A radiation-cooled thrust chamber uses a special high-temperature material, such as niobium metal, which can radiate away its excess heat. There are uncooled or heat-absorbing thrust chambers, such as those using ablative materials. Thrust chambers are discussed in Chapter 8.

There are two types of feed systems used for liquid propellant rocket engines: those that use pumps for moving the propellants from their flight vehicle tanks to the thrust chamber, and those that use high-pressure gas for expelling or displacing their propellants from their tanks. They are discussed further in Chapter 10 and in Section 6.2 of this chapter.

Tables 17-1 to 17-4 compare the advantages and disadvantages of liquid propellant rocket engines and solid propellant rocket motors.

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