Pyrotechnic Particle Morphologies — Metal Fuels

K. L. & B. J. Kosanke and Richard C. Dujay

ABSTRACT: The morphology (size, shape and surface features) of the constituent particles in a pyrotechnic composition affects its performance. This is particularly true of metal fuel particles in the composition. Particle morphology can also constitute an important part of forensically establishing a match between materials of known origin and evidence. This article catalogs and briefly discusses some characteristic features commonly associated with metal fuels in pyrotechnic compositions.

Keywords: morphology, metal fuels, forensics, pyrotechnics


Ref: JPyro, Issue 11, 2000, pp46-52
(J11_46)


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