Accession Number : ADD011280

Title :   Method of Generating Single-Event, Unconfined Fuel-Air Detonation.

Descriptive Note : Patent,


Personal Author(s) : Sayles,D C

Report Date : 07 Aug 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 4

Abstract : Unconfined detonation by a single-event process is achieved by simultaneous dispersion of both fuel and the initiating chemical catalyst into the atmosphere. The fuel is selected from a volatile liquid (lower molecular weight, alkanes, epoxyalkanes, etc.), aluminum, boron, etc. or mixtures thereof. The initiating chemical catalyst is selected from n-hexylcarborane, carboranyl-methyl propionate, ferrocence, n-butylferrocene etc. The fuel and initiating chemical catalyst are dispersed simultaneously to form a cloud after the catalyst is premixed with the fuel and housed in a container prior to dispersion. The dispersed catalyst catalyzes the reaction between fuel and atmosphere oxygen to produce the explosive oxidation of the fuel-air mixture.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Fuel air explosives, *Detonations, Explosives initiators, Fuel air ratio, Mixtures, Catalysts, Dispersing, Explosions, Clouds, Catalysis, Oxygen, Oxidation, Atmospheres, Alkanes, Aluminum, Boron, Carboranes, Propionates, Ferrocenes

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE