Burn Rate of Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate-Aluminum Thermites.

@article{Govender2018BurnRO,
  title={Burn Rate of Calcium Sulfate Dihydrate-Aluminum Thermites.},
  author={Desania Raquel Govender and Walter Wilhelm Focke and Shepherd M. Tichapondwa and William Edward Cloete},
  journal={ACS applied materials \& interfaces},
  year={2018},
  volume={10 24},
  pages={
          20679-20687
        }
}
The energetics of cast calcium sulfate dihydrate-aluminum thermites were investigated. The casts were prepared from water slurries with a solids content below 65 wt %. The base case thermite comprised 60 wt % calcium sulfate dihydrate as the oxidizer with 40 wt % aluminum as fuel. The heat of hydration of the base case was 83 ± 4 kJ·kg-1 (dihydrate basis) and the initial setting time was about 100 min. The compressive strength reached 2.9 ± 0.2 MPa after 3 days of drying in ambient air. The… 

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