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"Thermochemistry and Kinetics Models for Magnesium/Teflon/Viton Pyrotechnic Compositions"

Farid C. Christo, Weapons Systems Division, Aeronautical and Maritime Research Laboratory (Australia)

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Thermochemistry and Kinetics Models for Magnesium/Teflon/Viton Pyrotechnic Compositions

Farid C. Christo, Weapons Systems Division
Aeronautical and Maritime Research Laboratory
Defence Science & Technology Organisation (Australia)


A comprehensive and complete reference for advanced pyrotechnic materials based on the most useful magnesium/Teflon/Viton [MTV] compositions.  MTV mixtures are commonly used in modern rocket igniters; initiation systems and initiators; pyro actuators; tracking and illumination flares; and separation units.

MTV pyro mixtures burn extremely hot, fast, and clean.  They use only two simple, commonly-available ingredients, and are the choice for almost every spacecraft and military missile igniter in current use.  And they produce a lot of brilliant, actinic light!  But to make and use them, you need to know the "trade secrets" to succeed safely. 

This rare document covers the chemistry of this important formulation, including test methods.  It is one of today's most widely used reference resources on the subject, with more material (and far more detail) than any other text we know of.

If you're interested in serious learning on the topic of applied advanced pyrotechnics, especially for rocket ignition, this book is invaluable.  It collects the decades of experience and knowledge accumulated in military and aerospace development and operational programs, especially those of Australia and Israel.

The book's contents show the scope and depth of material:

Many details -- all once highly secret ! -- are given for all MTV pyrotechnic formulae, as used in initiators, devices, flares, anti-missile decoys, infrared-seeking countermeasure devices, and subcomponents for many military and aerospace systems.

Prepared at Australia's leading rocket research center by one of Israel's leading pyrotechnic chemists, this valuable book gives the practical information you need to formulate high-technology, state-of-the-art rocket igniters and other pyrotechnic devices. 

The contents are the result of more than 45 years of investigations by the world's largest pyrotechnic device contractors, including Aerojet, Thiokol, Rocketdyne, Hercules, DuPont, McCormick-Selph, and others.  Literally millions of dollars were spent obtaining this critical yet hard-to-find data and information.

The detailed (and for many decades, highly secret) chemical formulations alone are worth the price of the book!  It’s packed with accurate information for the professional (and “amateur”) rocket scientist, engineer, technician, pyrotechnics and fireworks maker, explosives chemist, and experimenter.

There's also a very detailed list of 21 additional technical references.  You'll value the numerous fine-quality engineering graphs, figures, and tables that supplement the technical material:

Typical illustrations from the book (smaller than actual size)

If you design, build, test, or fly serious rockets or missiles (or make pyrotechnics, fireworks, igniters, explosives, or propellants), you'll want this superb reference textbook.  It’s especially useful for “amateur” rocket builders -- with its abundance of data and esoteric information.

Very hard to find and now out-of-print, this new limited edition has been republished by the Rocket Science Institute.  It's sharp, and clearly printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, 24-pound, acid-free paper for years of reference use.  42 pages, large and easy-to-read 11" x 8-1/2" size.  $19.95

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