Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "Igniter function was determined using high-speed imaging, allowing an examination of product droplet size and combustion time as a function of packaging technique. Safety testing (electrostatic discharge, drop weight impact, and friction) indicated that this material is far safer than existing ignition compounds. A simple dual-criteria ignition model is applied to igniter sizing, and our modeling results were successfully evaluated using hot fire tests of motors with various exposed propellant surface conditions."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The end result is a safe, inexpensive, reliable, and readily available method of igniting small (500 g-50 kg propellant mass) solid rocket combustors."
For more information on this research see: CuO/A1 Thermites for Solid Rocket Motor Ignition.
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