New Method for Quantifying Ignition Sensitivity from Electrostatic Discharge

Report No. ARL-TN-0675
Authors: Eric S Collins; Jennifer L Gottfried; Eric C Johnson
Date/Pages: May 2015; 12 pages
Abstract: This study investigates a new approach for quantifying the ignition sensitivity of energetic materials from electrostatic discharge (ESD). The intensities from photo receivers were used to assist in determining whether or not ignition of the energetic materials was achieved from the ESD. The results show that the photo receivers captured an increase in light intensity for the samples that experienced ignition, suggesting that they can be used to quantify ESD sensitivity of energetic materials.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: May 1, 2015