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Ignition and Combustion Mechanism of Boron Particles

What is Boron powder?

Boron powder is a kind of metal fuel with high gravimetric and volumetric calorific values, which has been widely used in military fields such as solid propellants, high-energy explosives, and pyrotechnics. However, the easily formed liquid oxide layer can adhere to the surface of boron powder and react with the hydroxyl (-OH) group of hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) binder to form a gel layer that is detrimental to propellant processing and restricts the complete oxidation of boron powder. Therefore, to improve the combustion efficiency of boron powder, the ignition and combustion mechanisms of boron powder have been studied, and surface coating modification strategies have been developed by researchers worldwide, aiming to optimize the surface properties, improve the reaction activity, and promote the energy release of boron powder.


Boron faces challenges in unleashing its full energy release potential.

Boron faces challenges in unleashing its full energy release potential. A significant amount of research has been conducted to enhance the ignition performance and combustion efficiency of boron powder. In early studies, research efforts primarily focused on investigating the ignition and combustion mechanisms, given the intricacy of boron's ignition mechanism relative to other metals. The challenge lies in the diffusion and reaction mechanism of B and O2 in the presence of an oxide layer. Four different ignition mechanisms have been proposed; however, a unified ignition mechanism has yet to be established. Recently, a growing research interest has been in preparing coated or modified boron powder. This methodology is designed to enhance the performance of boron powder by leveraging the interaction between boron powder and the coating agents or modifiers. For instance, the presence of fluorine can facilitate the rapid removal of the oxide layer that forms on the surface of the boron. At the same time, certain energetic materials can generate substantial heat to accelerate the ignition of boron.


Ignition and Combustion Mechanism of Boron Particles

The ignition and combustion mechanism of boron particles was initially established by Macek and Semple, and the machine indicated that the combustion of boron particles always exhibits two consecutive stages. In the first stage (or ignition stage), the boron particles are heated to about 1900 °C, showing a brief brightening and then darkening. The boron remains covered by a pre-existing liquid B2O3 layer. As the temperature increases, the second stage (or combustion stage) begins, and the boron particles glow again. The glow is brighter, and the boron particles show stronger reactivity than in the first stage. The combustion in the second stage is ascribed to the full combustion of the bare boron particles. The boron ignition and combustion mechanism can be summarized and analyzed as follows.


Price of Boron powder

Boron powder particle size and purity will affect the product's Price, and the purchase volume can also affect the cost of Boron powder. A large amount of large amount will be lower. The Price of Boron powder is on our company's official website.


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