Application of Sample Controlled Differential Scanning Calorimetry to Pyrotechnic Systems

Edward Charsley, Trevor Griffiths, Gareth Parkes, Ruth Pettifer, James Rooney

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Pyrotechnic compositions containing zirconium and potassium perchlorate are used in the electrical initiatory systems found on missiles, launch vehicles, spacecraft, and other aerospace and defence platforms. Thermal analysis provides a way of examining how formulation changes influence the properties of pyrotechnic compositions.

The potential of the technique of sample controlled DSC (SC‐DSC), using a heat‐flux DSC system, in the study of metal‐oxidant pyrotechnic systems is discussed with reference to the zirconium‐potassium perchloratenitrocellulose pyrotechnic system. Measurements have also been carried out on the pyrotechnic binder nitrocellulose and the possibility of using the SC‐DSC system to study the fusion of inorganic pyrotechnic oxidants has been investigated using magnesium nitrate hexahydrate as a model compound.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Of The 45th International Pyrotechnics Society Seminar
PublisherIPSUSA Seminars, Inc.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780985103798
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2022
Event45th International Purotechnics Society Seminar - Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, United States
Duration: 10 Dec 200715 Jul 2022
Conference number: 45


Conference45th International Purotechnics Society Seminar
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityColorado Springs
Internet address


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