Accession Number : ADD009340

Title :   Black Powder Flamespread Tester.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Summerfield,Martin

Report Date : 08 Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : A black powder flamespread tester is disclosed in which powder to be qualified is packed in a sample tube provided with a plurality of sight holes. Light sensors are disposed adjacent each sight hole and emit signals upon flame front passage of the sight hole. The sample tube is removably secured to an ignition head which contains an electrically actuated pyrotechnic squib. The squib discharges gases into a transition chamber from which the gases pass through orifices in an orifice plate, through a void volume into the black powder bed, which ignites the black powder. The ignition head is removably secured to a tester chamber in which the sample holder is received. Light sensors are housed in a separate fin which is removably received in an aperture in the tester chamber wall. After the squib gas ignites the powder bed, the output signal of each light sensor increases to saturation as the flame front passes its respective sight hole. The output signal from each light sensor is conditioned and summed to form one output signal.

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Black powder, *Flames, *Test equipment, Tubes, Holes(Openings), Detectors, Light, Inventions

Subject Categories : Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE