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Reference BEM

Ballistic Evaluation Motor (BEM) of stated reference

The BEM grain size was 2 inch diameter by 5.6 inch length. Grain was case bonded with a double-cone & cylinder configuration, resulting in neutral burning. Nozzle was carbon, with divergence half-angle of 15 degrees, and an expansion ratio of 7:1. Operating pressure range was 800-1200 psi. Propellant type was not specified other than stating it was plastic (polymer) based. The igniters contained SR371C, a mixture of magnesium, potassium nitrate and acaroid resin.