Adding nanoparticles as a catalyst to solid propellant fuel to increase and enhance burn rates of the fuel by up to 10 times or more and or modifying the pressure index. A preferred embodiment uses titanium dioxide nanoparticles mixed with a solid propellant fuel, where the nanoparticles are approximately 2% or less of total propellant mixture. The high surface to volume ratio of the nanoparticles improve the performance of the solid propellant fuel.
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Petersen, Eric; Arvanetes, Jason; Deshpande, Sameer; Seal, Sudipta; Small, Jennifer; and Stephens, Matthew, "Burn Rate Sensitization of Solid Propellants Using A Nano-Titania Additive" (2011). UCF Patents. 55.