Advanced ETC Gun Propellant.
Interim rept. Oct 95-Mar 96,
THIOKOL CHEMICAL CORP BRIGHAM CITY UT
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The program goal is to determine the applicability of novel energetic materials developed over the last few years, largely under funding by the Office of Naval Research, in electro-thermal chemical plasma ignited gun propellants. Particular interest lies in whether the new ingredients can achieve the desired ballistic response and energy goals for this system. A series of extensive thermochemical calculations on a wide range of potential formulations have been completed. A summary of the data generated has been prepared for distribution to an advisory team. Further activity has begun on procurement of critical materials that are essential for the additional tasks, including some initial formulation safety compatibility tests. The baseline study focused on sixteen different formulations, containing 24 binder as a representative level with a primary solid making up the bulk of the formulation. A secondary solid was added at five percentages O,6,12,18, and 24 percent.