Optical Diagnostics for Evaluating Emissions from Metal-Based Energetic Formulations
Technical Report,01 Jun 2016,31 May 2017
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIV CHINA LAKE CA CHINA LAKE United States
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The objective of this project was to assess the use of three different optical diagnostic techniques for the standoff detection of hazardous combustion products produced from the reaction of energetic and pyrotechnic formulations. By performing laboratory scale testing for proof-of-concept, useful data will be obtained for comparison with thermochemical calculations and insight towards the miniaturization and simplification of the diagnostic techniques for eventual application in a field-ready system. This optical methodology for emissions characterization will enable standoff detection of hazardous combustion products, providing data regarding metal species and soot generated as a function of time. The techniques used can be readily integrated into a ruggedized field-use system that is mobile and compact. Measurements by such a system would allow the Department of Defense to model and predict potential range contamination, occupational exposure levels on ranges, and the migration of airborne contaminants. This also may serve as a methodology to assess new technologies employed for reducing the long-term health effects for DOD firing ranges.
- Combustion and Ignition