Pyrotechnic Ignition and Propagation: A Review

K. L. and B. J. Kosanke

ABSTRACT: The ideal pyrotechnic is completely stable in storage and handling, yet performs its mission completely, with absolute reliability, upon demand. Many accidents in pyrotechnics are the result of unintentional ignitions during handling and storage. There can also be serious safety ramifications of ignition and propagation failures of pyrotechnic devices. This review article presents a fairly rigorous, but mostly non-mathematical discussion of the ignition and propagation processes.

Keywords: ignition, propagation, heat of reaction, activation energy, spontaneous ignition, thermal run-away, cook-off

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 4, (1995-1997), pp 122-134

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