Controlled Fireballs - Effective Kill Mechanisms for Flammable Targets
EDGEWOOD ARSENAL ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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A predictive mathematical model has been devised for a variety of targets to be defeated with flame and incendiary agents and then used to tailor- make the agent for the specific weapon system available or under consideration. The research performed has included the collection, compilation, generation, and collation of energy requirements data for thermal defeat, combustion of flammables, or weakening of physical properties of nonflammable military targets. These data, when used with predictive mathematical models and computer- aided studies, have permitted the generation of destructive indexes for a variety of target materials and the development of agent formulations for effective flame systems. The predictive models have guided research with thickened triethylaluminum, TEA, a pyrophoric flame agent which has led to an effective flame kill mechanism - the controlled fireball.
- Ammunition and Explosives