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 was designed and built to be able to be reproduced by anyone in order for them to gain a better understanding of the sensitivity of the igniters they use in their displays.

NOTE: we have made a minor revision to Table 2 in the paper to remove colours from the screening electrostatic trial.  This does not affect the results or conclusions.

Ref: JPyro, Issue 36, 2018, pp3-11 (J36-3)

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