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"Collection of Twelve Rocket Igniter and Pyrogen Technical Papers"

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Collection of Twelve Rocket Igniter and Pyrogen Technical Papers

Rare Articles, Technical Reports, and Documents from Various Sources

This is a collection of various important documents, all on rocket ignition, igniters, and pyrogens.

There are a total of 115 pages, measuring 8.5 x 5.5-inches.  Printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper for years of reference use. 

These rare documents are from the private collection of a Nevada rocket scientist, now retired.  When they're gone, they're gone!

  • Design and Development of a Hot Particle Igniter:  By Lockheed Propulsion engineers and scientists.  Describes a unique igniter for use with end-burning solid rocket motors, with a granulated magnesium Teflon pyrotechnic output charge, and two initiators for ignition redundancy.  Can be mounted in the convergent section of the nozzle, permitting full motor chamber propellant loading.  Has detailed engineering drawings, performance graphs, design data, and related math formulae.  A thick report.
  • Igniter Material Considerations and Applications:  By a Bermite / Tasker chemist and engineer.  Complete with more than 20 detailed engineering drawings, and ten formulations (boron-nitrate, aluminum-perchlorate [Alclo], MTV, zirconium-chromate, aluminum-CuO, etc etc).  And excellent overview of professional and commercial ignition devices, as used in modern rockets and missiles of all descriptions.  A rare document.
  • Parametric Study of Igniter Design and Application to Low Smoke Solid Rockets: From Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) this advanced technical report provides considerable engineering, chemistry, and physics information, plus engineering drawings, test results, and a computer program for calculating pressure-time histories.  For the serious rocket scientist and engineer.
  • Designing an Igniter for a Low L* Rocket Motor:  By two Norwegian engineers, from Raufoss A/S.  Theory and practice, with engineering drawings, and test results.  "Low L*" means a low-volume rocket motor.  An excellent resource for igniter design!
  • Investigation of Pyrotechnic MTV Compositions for Rocket Motor Igniters:  From an engineer of the Armament Development Authority, Haifa, Israel.  Complete theory and practical engineering information about MTV (magnesium-Teflon-Viton) pyro mixtures for rocket ignition.  MTV is one of the principal formulations used in most modern high-tech systems, and also in many military applications (including anti-missile decoys, etc).  Provides exact formulations for these high-performance (and once-secret!) compositions.  Also has engineering drawings, test results, math analysis, and more.
  • Metal-Fluorocarbon-Pyrolants -- Development and Application of Magnesium/Teflon/Viton (MTV):  By a chemical engineer from the German Diehl Munitions Systems company.  MTV formulations are used in military decoy flares, tracer units, igniters, solid rocket propellants, RAM propellants, incendiary devices, and signaling applications.  This is a technical overview, including the history of these compositions, and 66 tech references for further study.  An exceptional document, with much once-secret material.
  • Metal-Fluorocarbon-Pyrolants -- Thermochemical and Combustion Behavior of Magnesium/Teflon/Viton (MTV):From the same chemist, with additional information.  This one covers the combustion mechanism with advanced scientific analysis.  A more highly-technical report, for the advanced rocket scientist.
  • Combustion Process of Mg/TF Pyrotechnics:  More details about MTV pyro compositions, this time from the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan.  Presents advanced experimental data and results.  An advanced report.
  • Combustion and Sensitivity Characteristics of Mg/TF Pyrolants:  Also from Japan, this report is from the Aerospace Division of Nissan Motor Co.  Includes abstracts in German, English, and French.  Mainly covers the theoretical combustion characteristics of these modern pyrolants.  Many charts, graphs, test results, and unique tech references for further study.  Another advanced report. 
  • Development of MTV Compositions as Igniter for HTPB/AP Based Composite Propellants:From the Defense Industries Research and Development Institute, Ankara, Turkey.  Also with multi-idiom abstracts.  A very detailed study, with supporting graphs. 
  • Studies of Electric Match Sensitiveness:  This investigation covers impact, electrostatic discharge, friction, and thermal sensitivy for these ignition devices.  A thick document, with many engineering drawings, tables, circuits, photos, and test results.  Shows in detail all of the test procedures and hardware.  A critical report that can save your life, if you work with energetic materials!
  • A Method for Sizing Booster Charges in Pyrotechnic Mechanisms:  This last report is from NASA.  It covers the Apollo "pyrovalve," test valves, cartridges, booster charges, as well as experimental and analytical procedures.  With several very fine NASA engineering drawings of high detail, plus test results and graphs.  Another fine report.

These documents will be of interest to the serious rocket experimenter, pyrotechnician, fireworks hobbyist, and amateur scientist.  They're loaded with technical graphs, charts, tables, formula, compositions, etc etc.  This is high-class, high-quality, hard-to-find information!  115 pages in all (looseleaf, unbound), $19.95

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