Laser Ignition of Pyrotechnic Compositions Being Tested as Drag-Reducing Fumers.
BALLISTIC RESEARCH LABS ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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A series of pyrotechnic compositions being considered as drag-reducing fumers was ignited with a 50 watt, continuous, CO2 laser. This provides us with a remote energy source capable of igniting pyrotechnic mixes in wind tunnel studies to assess their effectiveness as fumers, and opens the possibility of studying pyrotechnic ignition using a laser as has recently been done with solid propellants. Author