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High Speed Photography of Flaming Aluminum Particles Produced by a Rocket Propellant in an Acceleration Field
Author(s): Rober t A. Frederick
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Paper Abstract

A photographic system is described which records the near surface combustion of a solid rocket propellant burning in an acceleration field. Strands of propellant which contain aluminum powder were photographed while burning in a pressure vessel (bomb) which is mounted on a centrifuge table. A lens and series of mirrors magnify and relay the image from the spinning bomb to a rotating prism camera. The trajectories of burning aluminum particles (50-1000μ in diameter) were investigated at framing rates of 4000 pps and unity magnification. A description of the centrifuge and photographic system is presented along with representative results derived from the film analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 1984
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0427, High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics I, (9 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.936286
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Rober t A. Frederick, Purdue University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0427:
High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics I
Dennis L. Paisley, Editor(s)

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