DEVELOPMENT OF ELECTRICALLY INITIATED ESCAPE SYSTEM COMPONENTS: IGNITION ELEMENTS T14E2, T19E1, T14E3, T19E2, XM21, XM22, AND XM42, PULSE GENERATORS XM10, XM11, AND XM15.
Rept. for Mar 59-Jun 62,
FRANKFORD ARSENAL PHILADELPHIA PA
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Frankford Arsenal has developed a series of electric ignition elements which, when supplied with sufficient electrical energy, are capable of initiating cartridges or mechanisms designed for use in propellant actuated escape systems. Pulse generators, capable of providing the electrical energy necessary to fire these ignition elements, were developed for use as an auxiliary power source. The main advantages of the electrically initiated escape systems over the existing gas systems are considerable reduction in size and weight in the system for transmission of actuating energy, faster operating times, and providing a means for system continuity checkout. This report is presented in two parts. The first part describes the development and testing of ignition elements T14E2, T19E1, XM21, XM22, and XM42. The second part presents the test procedures, data design, and performance characteristics of pulse generators XM10, XM11, and XM15. The ignition elements and pulse generators functioned reliably within the proposed military requirements. Author