Mechanism of Laser Initiated Carbon Nanotube Ignition

Steven Trewartha, Rodney Appleby, Jason Gascooke, Joseph Shapter

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This work investigated carbon nanotube reactions when subjected to a laser irradiation. It was found that the laser produced a fast explosion-like result. The addition of ferrocene to the carbon nanotube powder was found to increase the decomposition temperature and reaction of photo-initiated nanotubes. Incomplete combustion was found as a result of particle scattering and limited thermal transfer in loose samples however in confined samples a burning front can develop resulting in more complete combustion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-878
Number of pages10
JournalPropellants Explosives Pyrotechnics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2018


  • carbon nanotubes
  • ferrocene
  • initiation
  • laser excitation
  • pyrometer


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