CEA is a program which calculates chemical equilibrium
product concentrations from any set of reactants and determines
thermodynamic and transport properties for the product mixture.
Built-in applications include calculation of theoretical rocket
performance, Chapman-Jouguet detonation parameters, shock tube
parameters, and combustion properties. A two-part publication describes
the program and its use. Part I outlines the theoretical principles
used in the program. Part II is the user's manual.
Part I: Analysis
(NASA RP-1311) .
Part I presents in detail a number of
topics of general interest in chemical equilibrium calculations. These
topics include mathematical analysis and techniques for obtaining
chemical equilibrium; formulas for obtaining thermodynamic and
transport mixture properties and thermodynamic derivatives; criteria
for inclusion of condensed phases; calculations at a triple point;
inclusion of ionized species; and various applications, such as
constant-pressure or constant-volume combustion, rocket performance
based on either a finite- or infinite-chamber-area model, shock wave
calculations, and Chapman-Jouguet detonations.
Part II: User's
Manual and Program Description (NASA RP-1311-P2) .
The user's manual is intended to
facilitate the use of CEA for solving thermodynamic and combustion
problems. Topics discussed include the preparation of input
files, the format of the output and a discussion of the program's
overall organization. Also discussed are the formats used for the
associated thermodynamic and transport data files. A number of examples
are given to illustrate the program's versatility. The CEA program is written
in ANSI standard FORTRAN 77 by Bonnie J. McBride and Sanford Gordon.
o McBride, B.J., M. J. Zehe, Dr.and
NASA Glenn Coefficients for Calculating Thermodynamic
Properties of Individual Species
o McBride, B.J., Gordon, S., and Reno,
Thermodynamic Data for Fifty Reference Elements.
as TP-3287, 1993 with added table of contents and some corrections to
o Gordon, S., and McBride, B.J.:
Thermodynamic Data to 20 000 K for Monatomic Gases.
o Svehla, R.A.:
Transport Coefficients for the NASA Lewis Chemical Equilibrium Program.
o McBride, B.J., and Gordon, S.:
Computer Program for Calculating and Fitting Thermodynamic Functions.