Progress in Developing a Fuel-Air Salute

Fred Ryan

ABSTRACT: In a fuel-air salute a fine metallic fuel is first dispersed into the surrounding air, then ignited. Such a salute is much safer than a conventional salute as the salute fuel must be mixed with air to obtain the oxygen needed to function. It can not explode violently in bulk or in a mortar tube because the salute contains only fuel. Even if fired while lying on the ground, its explosive power is reduced. This preliminary paper summarizes progress achieved to date in fuel-air salute construction and suggests areas for future study.

Keywords: fireworks, salutes, fuel-air, safety, dust explosions

Ref: JPyro, Issue 4, 1996, pp25-36

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