The use of nickel-coated aluminum particles (10-100 µm) as a fuel component in propellants is expected to improve the performance characteristics of solid rocket motors. They can also be used for combustion synthesis of nickel aluminides. The ignition mechanism of such particles, however, is not well understood. In this study, to provide sufficient spatial and time resolution, single ∼2.5-mm Ni-coated Al particles were laser-heated in argon and carbon dioxide atmospheres. The ignition process was investigated…
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