Combustion behaviors of pre-heated nanocomposite thermites

John J. Granier, Michelle L. Pantoya

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The burn rates and ignition and flame temperatures of compressed Al/MoO 3 pellets were measured. The composites are composed of nano-scale reactant particles mixed and pressed to 52% theoretical maximum density. Experiments were performed by initially pre-heating samples to a uniform elevated temperature ranging from 20 to 200°C. Additional experiments were performed on samples initially at ambient conditions and with varied laser powers ranging from 10 to 60 W. Results allow comparison of combustion behaviors associated with nano- vs. micron-scale particle composites. The nano-scale particle composites are extremely sensitive to ignition when initially preheated. Burn rates for the compressed nano-composites were found to double when compared to the micron-scale composites.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2004
Event42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit - Reno, NV, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2004Jan 8 2004


Conference42nd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityReno, NV


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