Accession Number : ADD015119

Title :   Launching Projectiles with Hydrogen Gas Generated from Aluminum Fuel Powder/Water Reactions.

Descriptive Note : Patent,Filed 6 Aug 90, patented 1 Oct 91,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Lee, Woodrow W

Report Date : 01 Oct 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : A method of propelling a projectile from a device by applying a high power pulse of electrical current to a thin metal conductor wire causing the wire to explode and disperse hot spots of molten metal throughout an aluminum fuel powder/water mixture which reacts to generate hydrogen gas at high pressure in a chamber. The hydrogen gas is used to push the projectile from the device. (Author)

Descriptors :   ELECTRIC CURRENT, GASES, HIGH POWER, HIGH PRESSURE, HOT SPOTS, HYDROGEN, LAUNCHING, LIQUID METALS, PROJECTILES, PULSES, WIRE

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE