Pyrotechnic Primes and Priming

K. L. and B. J. Kosanke

ABSTRACT: If a pyrotechnic item fails to ignite when intended, it is a failure. It makes no difference that had it ignited; it would have produced a spectacular display or a life-saving distress signal. Primes and priming techniques are important in producing high quality pyrotechnic effects, because it is through their use that reliable ignition can be achieved.

In this review article, after presenting some basic information, propagation energy diagrams are explained and used to discuss the role and manner of functioning of pyrotechnic primes. In the course of the discussion, a number of ignition and propagation problems will be investigated and solutions demonstrated. The article concludes with a discussion of some basic prime formulations and methods for their application.

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 5, (1998-2000), pp 51-66

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