Boron Carbide as a Barium-Free Green Light Emitter and Burn-Rate Modifier in Pyrotechnics

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  • Dr. Jesse J. Sabatini,

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    1. Pyrotechnics Technology and Prototyping Division, US Army RDECOM-ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 08706-5000 (USA), Fax: (+1) 973-724-7375
    • Pyrotechnics Technology and Prototyping Division, US Army RDECOM-ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 08706-5000 (USA), Fax: (+1) 973-724-7375
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  • Jay C. Poret,

    1. Pyrotechnics Technology and Prototyping Division, US Army RDECOM-ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 08706-5000 (USA), Fax: (+1) 973-724-7375
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  • Russell N. Broad

    1. Pyrotechnics Technology and Prototyping Division, US Army RDECOM-ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 08706-5000 (USA), Fax: (+1) 973-724-7375
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  • We thank the US Army and Picatinny Arsenal, NJ for funding this work.

Abstract

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Friendly green giant: A pyrotechnic with green-light emission for both military use and civilian fireworks has been developed without the need to use barium or chlorinated compounds. Boron carbide serves as a green colorant and fuel in the presence of potassium nitrate oxidizer and an epoxy binder. This environmentally friendly formulation is very stable to impact, friction, and electrostatic discharge, and has a high thermal stability.

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