High-Temperature Explosives for Insensitive-Munitions Applications
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER WEAPONS DIV CHINA LAKE CA
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We are developing new energetic structures expected to have superior insensitivity characteristics and superior performance characteristics relative to currently used insensitive high explosives. The chemical structures proposed herein are a series of zero- to low-hydrogen-content, polynitro, polycyclic heteroaromatic compounds based on novel nitrogenous heterocycles. By analogy to other nitrated nitrogenous heterocycles, which have been discovered to exhibit superior insensitivity properties, the proposed derivatives are predicted to have similarly attractive stability characteristics. The new compounds are expected to be high-density materials with explosive yields comparable to or better than hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine RDX but with high melting points, comparable or better shock sensitivity, and significantly better thermal stabilities. This project is being conducted as a collaboration, via a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement CRADA, with Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Co., Chandler, AZ, which provides independent funding for its comparable contribution to this effort.
- Organic Chemistry
- Ammunition and Explosives