Accession Number:

ADB020480

Title:

Investigation of Methods for Detection and Control of Pyrotechnic Dust Fires and Explosions

Descriptive Note:

Contractor rept. Nov 1975-Nov 1976

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ELECTRIC CO BAY SAINT LOUIS MS ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE SERVICES LAB

Report Date:

1977-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

41.0

Abstract:

The characteristics of sulfur dust fires and a method for control based on UV detection and high-pressure suppression were investigated. Sulfur air dispersions were found to be subject to low-order detonations, accompanied by relatively slow-moving flame fronts. A high-pressure quench system, with a burst diaphragm triggered from a ultraviolet sensor, was found to control these reactions satisfactorily. Water was found to be less efficient as a suppressant than halogenated hydrocarbons.

Subject Categories:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare
  • Ultraviolet Detection and Detectors
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Explosions

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE