|Potassium Chlorate as a Rocket Oxidizer|
Rocket Oxidizer: Potassium Chlorate ( KClO3 )
Potassium chlorate has a limited use in amateur rocketry due to its instability. Despite the dangers, whistle mix compositions often use KCLO3 with either sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate as the fuel. KCLO3 so readily donates its oxygen, that when mixed with a small percentage of many sensitizers or impurities, it becomes explosive.
Finely powdered potassium chlorate can pose an extreme flash powder explosion hazard when combined with a high mesh magnesium powder, magnalium powder or aluminum powder fuel. Homogeneous mixtures of a very high mesh are known to rapidly deflagrate. Metal fuel/KClO3 mixtures are extremely sensitive to heat, friction and ESD. Pyrotechnic mixtures containing KCLO3 and sulfur have an increased risk of spontaneous ignition due to the chlorate reacting with sulfur-acids.
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Potassium chlorate is commonly used in match heads.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2011 21:27|