Infrared measurements of energy transfer from energetic materials to steel substrates

Charles A. Crane, Michelle L. Pantoya, Jerry Dunn

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Energy transfer from reacting thermites placed on a v-notch steel target was evaluated for two thermite compositions which were Boron with Iron (III) Oxide (B-Fe2O3) and Aluminum with Iron (III) Oxide (Al-Fe2O3). A high-speed infrared camera captured a temporally evolving temperature distribution on the substrate as the thermite reaction self propagated. Results quantified the percent of the overall energy available from the chemical reaction that was transferred into the substrate and lost via other heat transfer modes. Results showed the B-Fe2O 3 reaction transferred 53% of its heat of reaction into the steel substrate compared to 11% for Al-Fe2O3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1877-1885
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Thermal Sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Aluminum
  • Boron
  • Energetic materials
  • Energy transfer
  • Infrared
  • Thermite


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