Aluminum Metal Powders Used in Pyrotechnics

K.L. and B.J Kosanke

[This article is an updated, enlarged version of one originally appearing in Pyrotechnics GuildInternational Bulletin Nos. 27 and 28 (1981– 82).]

Of those chemicals used in pyrotechnics (with the possible exception of charcoal) aluminum metal powders have the ability to produce the greatest variety and range of effects. Thus, mastery of the use of aluminum in pyrotechnics offers both a challenge and a reward. In an attempt to assist in achieving that mastery, this article presents information on aluminum metal powders and their use in pyrotechnics. However, the emphasis is on physical aspects of aluminum metal powders, rather than on aluminum chemistry. The subject of specific uses of aluminum in pyrotechnics has been covered by other authors, and numerous references to such articles are given in the last section of this paper.


Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 3, (1993-1994), pp 4-13
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