Polysulfide sparklers revisited: a practical introduction to Carbo Hanabi

Frederick Van Der Sypt, M.D Abstract: Polysulfide sparklers in the form of Senko Hanabi have been enjoyed for centuries. Research has shown that potassium nitrate can be replaced with non-oxidizing salts providing equally performing compositions that are non-explosive. This article aims to translate this research into practice and presents a detailed construction method for Carbo …
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Selected Pyrotechnic Publications of KL and BJ Kosanke, Part 8 (2005 through 2007)

KL and BJ Kosanke Abstract: Including the following papers:- Typical Aerial Shell Firing Time Sequence Confirmation of Mortar Recoil Information  Angelfire Brand of Indoor Pyrotechnics  Black Powder Stability and Aging Example  Another Example of Explosively Malfunctioning Comets  Primer Gunshot Residue Detection from the Firing of a Black Powder Revolver  Air Blast TNT Equivalency for Rolls …
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Theory of Coloured Flame Production

BE Douda Abstract: The theories and attributes associated with the production of colored flames are presented. Particular attention is given to flames containing strontium (red), barium (green), sodium (yellow) and copper (green or blue). Thermal excitation of vaporized neutral atoms, molecules and ions is correlated with the emission of atomic, band and ionic spectra. These …
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An investigation into the sensitivity of commonly used electric igniters

Tom Smith, Avril DiPalma, Gabrielle DiPalma and Lincoln Parkhouse Abstract: A variety of commercially available and commonly used electric igniters were tested for sensitivity to shearing, crushing and static stimuli in an attempt to reproduce “real world” usage of igniters and to determine which igniters were more or less sensitive to the various stimuli used.  The apparatus …
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