Masters Theses


Evaluation of biogenic oil esters as obscurants in the visible region


Ramesh Chand

Keywords and Phrases

Biogenic oils


"Obscurant smokes have been employed to conceal and protect assets from direct enemy attack or as signals during war. The most common material used by the U.S. Army for obscuration in the visible region is fog oil. Its use is beset with three major impediments: high viscosity at low temperatures (<-5⁰C), slow degradation in the environment and presence of aromatic hydrocarbons. Thus there is a need for obscurant materials which are free of aromatic hydrocarbons, environmental friendly, have low temperature viscosities while yielding similar or better obscuration than fog oil. The research described in this thesis is focused on the evaluation of biogenic oil esters as obscurant materials. Methyl soyate and isopropyl esters of soybean oil, palm oil and olive oil isopropyl esters were chosen for obscurant smoke generation"--Abstract, leaf iii.


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Chemical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2005


xi, 78 leaves

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 72-73).


© 2005 Ramesh Chand, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Smoke screens
Smoke screens -- Environmental aspects
Esters -- Testing

Thesis Number

T 8909

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