Simple Measurements of Aerial Shell Performance

K. L. & B. J. Kosanke

ABSTRACT: In designing the most effective choreographed aerial fireworks displays, it is useful to know when, where, and how each shell burst will appear. To do this, in addition to aesthetic features like colors, etc., three aerial shell performance parameters are needed. These parameters are: time to shell burst after firing, burst height above the ground, and burst spread. It can be difficult and expensive to generate these. However, all three can be generated using a slightly modified video camera and videocassette recorder (VCR). Further, it will generally be possible to collect the raw information during the performance of actual displays; so there is no cost for the test fireworks. This article suggests a method to gather shell performance data.

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 4, (1995-1997), pp 78-82

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