Propagation studies of metastable intermolecular composites (MIC).

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Thermite materials are attractive energetic materials because the reactions are highly exothermic, have high energy densities, and high temperatures of combustion. However, the application of thermite materials has been limited because of the relative slow release of energy compared to other energetic materials. Engineered nano-scale composite energetic materials, such as Al/MoO{sub 3}, show promise for additional energetic material applications because they can react very rapidly. The composite material studied in this work consists of tailored, ultra-fine grain (30-200 nm diameter) aluminum particles that dramatically increase energy release rates of these thermite materials. These reactant clusters of fuel and oxidizer particles ... continued below

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Son, S. F. (Steven F.); Busse, J. R. (James R.); Asay, B. W. (Blaine W.); Peterson, P. D. (Paul D.); Mang, J. T. (Joseph T.); Bockmon, B. (Bryan) et al. January 1, 2002.

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Thermite materials are attractive energetic materials because the reactions are highly exothermic, have high energy densities, and high temperatures of combustion. However, the application of thermite materials has been limited because of the relative slow release of energy compared to other energetic materials. Engineered nano-scale composite energetic materials, such as Al/MoO{sub 3}, show promise for additional energetic material applications because they can react very rapidly. The composite material studied in this work consists of tailored, ultra-fine grain (30-200 nm diameter) aluminum particles that dramatically increase energy release rates of these thermite materials. These reactant clusters of fuel and oxidizer particles are in nearly atomic scale proximity to each other but are constrained from reaction until triggered. Despite the growing importance of nano-scale energetic materials, even the most basic combustion characteristics of these materials have not been thoroughly studied. This paper reports initial studies of the ignition and combustion of metastable intermolecular composites (MIC) materials. The goals were lo obtain an improved understanding of flame propagation mechanisms and combustion behaviors associated with nano-structured energetic materials. Information on issues such as reaction rate and behavior as a function of composition (mixture ratio), initial static charge, and particle size are essential and will allow scientists to design applications incorporating the benefits of these compounds. The materials have been characterized, specifically focusing on particle size, shape, distribution and morphology.

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  • Submitted to: The 29th International Pyrotechnics Seminar, The Major International Forum for Pyrotechnics, Westminster, CO, July 14-19, 2002

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  • Report No.: LA-UR-02-2954
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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 976179
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Son, S. F. (Steven F.); Busse, J. R. (James R.); Asay, B. W. (Blaine W.); Peterson, P. D. (Paul D.); Mang, J. T. (Joseph T.); Bockmon, B. (Bryan) et al. Propagation studies of metastable intermolecular composites (MIC)., article, January 1, 2002; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc930626/: accessed June 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.