Mass Fabrication of MEMS-based Micro Detonator Technology
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DOD / ARMY
Tanner Research proposes to leverage an ongoing four-year development effort, supporting ARDEC Warhead and Energetic Directorate in part, to implement low-cost micro- energetics devices for use as `nano-scale' initiators and detonators. Tanner's micro-energetics devices are currently 2.5mm and mass fabricated in silicon and glass with the energetics applied during a post-processing procedure. The complete detonator device requires about 50 Â¿joules at 3vDC for initiation.
Tanner will develop two MEMS-based mass fabrication techniques to demonstrate processes for single-point and multi-point precision-application detonators. For example, high volume, high throughput manufacturing and loading is facilitated by fabricating the initiator/energetics on a cost effective substrate. Tanner contends that detonators can be mass-produced at approximately 20-cents per device with this fully integrated process.
During Phase I, Tanner will also study the efficacy of applying a pioneering technique for mass loading of energetics into micro and nano-scale cavities, called READ. This technique, although more costly, will ensure multipoint initiators (MPI) have absolute simultaneity through an identical, controlled fabrication process.
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TANNER RESEARCH, INC.
2650 East Foothill Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91107
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