Accession Number : AD0438782


Title :   IMPROVISED PYROTECHNIC MIXTURES FOR GUERRILLA WARFARE APPLICATIONS


Corporate Author : PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ FELTMAN RESEARCH LABS


Personal Author(s) : Jackson, Jr , Bossie ; Kaye, Seymour M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/438782.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1964


Pagination or Media Count : 30


Abstract : A series of pyrotechnic formulations developed from readily available constituents for use in guerrilla warfare were evaluated. The systems were tested under confinement provided by two test vehicles consisting of short sections of cast iron pipe, one having a 2-in. inside diameter and the other a 1-in. inside diameter. Both were threaded and sealed at both ends with caps, with either Laminac 4116 resin or Duco cement as the sealing compound. Initiation was accompplished by placing either commercial quickmatch or a J-2 blasting cap through a perforation in the top cap. Performance was graded in accordance with the system's capability of reacting completely and the degree of fragmentation of the test vehicle. A number of systems, such as 90/100 potassium chlorate/petrolattm, 71/29 potassium nitrate/grains of wood, and 25/ 50/25 sodium nitrate/ammonium nitrate/sawdust, were found suitable for guerrilla warfare on the basis of field tests.


Descriptors :   *GUERRILLA WARFARE , *INCENDIARY MIXTURES , *PYROTECHNICS , ALUMINUM , AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS , CHARCOAL , CHLORIDES , COAL , DEMOLITION CHARGES , IGNITION , IRON , IRON COMPOUNDS , MAGNESIUM , NITRATES , OILS , OXIDES , PERCHLORATES , POTASSIUM COMPOUNDS , POWDER METALS , SODIUM COMPOUNDS , SULFIDES , SULFUR , TEST VEHICLES , WOOD


Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare
      Pyrotechnics


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