Characterization of semiconductor bridges (SCB) igniters for use in thermal batteries

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Semiconductor bridges (SCB) igniters were evaluated as possible replacements for conventional hot-wire igniters for use in thermal batteries. The all-fire and no-fire characteristics were determined using an up-down scheme; the Neyer/SENSIT program was used to analyze the data. The SCB igniters functioned with a higher no-fire level, relative to a hot-wire igniter, for a given all-fire level. This makes the SCB igniter safer and more reliable than its hot-wire counterpart. The SCB is very resistant to electrostatic discharge and does not require a sensitization mixture for ignition of the primary pyrotechnic charge. These factors, along with its amenability to large-scale ... continued below

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Bickes, R.W.; Guidotti, R.A. & McCampbell, C.B. May 1, 1996.

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Semiconductor bridges (SCB) igniters were evaluated as possible replacements for conventional hot-wire igniters for use in thermal batteries. The all-fire and no-fire characteristics were determined using an up-down scheme; the Neyer/SENSIT program was used to analyze the data. The SCB igniters functioned with a higher no-fire level, relative to a hot-wire igniter, for a given all-fire level. This makes the SCB igniter safer and more reliable than its hot-wire counterpart. The SCB is very resistant to electrostatic discharge and does not require a sensitization mixture for ignition of the primary pyrotechnic charge. These factors, along with its amenability to large-scale production, make the SCB igniter ideally suited for use in thermal batteries.

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  • 37. power sources conference, Cherry Hill, NJ (United States), 17-20 Jun 1996

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  • Report No.: SAND--96-0862C
  • Report No.: CONF-9606161--1
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 231189
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Bickes, R.W.; Guidotti, R.A. & McCampbell, C.B. Characterization of semiconductor bridges (SCB) igniters for use in thermal batteries, article, May 1, 1996; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc667503/: accessed June 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.