Air-Activated Ration Heaters
ARMY NATICK SOLDIER RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER MA
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The current Mg-Fe flameless heater is based on the accelerated corrosive oxidation of magnesium resulting from dissimilar metals placed in contact with an electrolyte1,2. Water is used to activate the heater, and hydrogen is released as a by-product. RBC Technologies RBC and the Natick Soldier RDEC have developed a flameless heater technology based on the direct oxidation of a metal in air. The new heater technology requires no additional reactants, and has no undesired by-products.
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