Accession Number : ADD015195

Title :   High Energy Explosive Yield Enhancer Using Microencapsulation.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 27 Mar 91, patented 17 Sep 91,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Colick, Joseph F

Report Date : 17 Sep 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The invention consists of a class of high energy explosive yield enhancers created through the use of microencapsulation techniques. The microcapsules consist of combinations of highly reactive oxidizers that are encapsulated in either passivated inorganic fuels or inert materials and inorganic fuels. Depending on the application, the availability of the various oxidizers and fuels within the microcapsules can be customized to increase the explosive yield or modify other characteristics of high explosives. The microcapsules prevent premature reaction of the component oxidizers and inorganic fuel to allow their use in munitions and propellant applications. The physical stability of the microcapsules, in combination with epoxies, plastics, and composites, also permits microcapsules to be included in warhead structural components.

Descriptors :   CHEMICAL REACTIONS, ENCAPSULATION, EPOXY COMPOUNDS, EXPLOSIVES, FUELS, HIGH ENERGY, HIGH EXPLOSIVES, HIGH RATE, INERT MATERIALS, INORGANIC MATERIALS, OXIDIZERS, PASSIVITY, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, PROPELLANTS, RESPONSE, STABILITY, STRUCTURAL COMPONENTS, WARHEADS, YIELD

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE