Interpretations of emission measurements from aluminized explosive fireballs

Jennifer Mott Peuker, Herman Krier, Nick G Glumac

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The presence of aluminum monoxide (AlO) is often used as an indicator of aluminum combustion; however, a recent study has indicated that explosive fireballs are optically thick. Therefore, external measurements are biased towards conditions near the fireball surface. A combination of optical techniques and analysis of recovered residue is used to challenge typical interpretations of optical measurements of aluminized explosive fireballs. Tests in four environments show that even when AlO emission intensity is quite small, it is possible to have significant aluminum particle oxidation. In addition, substantial AlO emission is measured in the absence of unburned aluminum. As a result, the interpretation of AlO emission is not straightforward with respect to correctly determining the amount of aluminum combusted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2010
Event14th International Detonation Symposium, IDS 2010 - Coeur d'Alene, ID, United States
Duration: Apr 11 2010Apr 16 2010


Other14th International Detonation Symposium, IDS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCoeur d'Alene, ID

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology


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