|Sorbitol as a Rocket Fuel|
Rocket Fuel: Sorbitol C6H14O6
Sorbitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol which is used as a substitute for sugar in nitrate/sugar or candy rocket propellant. The ratio is usually 65/35, oxidizer/fuel. Sorbitol was introduced to candy rocketry because it cures (gets hard and brittle) much slower than sugar. With a curing time of 3-5 days1, the propellant can be molded at low temperatures, lowering the risk of skin burns and catastrophic grain boundaries.
See Sorbital MSDS
Other Interesting Uses:
Sorbitol is used as an artificial sweetener and in many hygienic products.
1. Nakka Rocketry, Sorbitol Propellant, 10/13/2009
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