Effects of Emissivity on Combustion Behavior of Energetic Materials

Elbert Caravaca, David Bird, Henry Grau, Viral Panchal, Nuggehalli M. Ravindra

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Emissivity is defined as the ratio of the energy radiated from a material’s surface to that radiated from a blackbody (a perfect emitter) at the same temperature and wavelength and under the same viewing conditions. It is a dimensionless number between 0 (for a perfect reflector) and 1 (for a perfect emitter). Knowledge of surface emissivity is important both for accurate non-contact temperature measurement and for heat transfer calculations [1]. Piobert’s Law states that all burning occurs at the surface layer by layer and the burning is normal to the surface [2]. This may cause changes in the burn surface response depending on the surface. Another important characteristic of combustion is Saint Robert’s Law (a.k.a. Vieille’s Law) which explains the effect of pressure [3]. This paper will investigate through literature and propose a technical approach. The goal will be to assess the effect of a materials emissivity to its combustion behavior and identify a correlation if one exists. As stated above, emissivity does influence heat transfer which is also a contributor to combustion behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTMS 2019 148th Annual Meeting and Exhibition Supplemental Proceedings
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030058609
StatePublished - 2019
Event148th Annual Meeting and Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, TMS 2019 - San Antonio, United States
Duration: Mar 10 2019Mar 14 2019

Publication series

NameMinerals, Metals and Materials Series
ISSN (Print)2367-1181
ISSN (Electronic)2367-1696


Conference148th Annual Meeting and Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, TMS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Antonio

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


  • Celluloid
  • Combustion behavior
  • Emissivity
  • Energetic materials
  • Heat transfer
  • Nitrocellulose


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