Formulations with Enhanced Energetic Output
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Abstract1,3,3-Trinitroazetidine (TNAZ) has emerged as an important new energetic material for warheads, main explosive fill in bombs, and as an ingredient in LOVA propellants. Initial testing has shown its detonation performance is superior to that of HMX, outperforming the calculational prediction. With good performance, thermal compatibility and sensitivity characteristics, coupled to the ability to formulate and process TNAZ, this material can be exploited in a broad spectrum of applications. The proposed effort will establish formulation and processing parameters and bring into focus performance aspects for TNAZ-based press-loadable explosives. Formulations that are 100% HE fill, such as binderless TNAZ/NTO, may result in additional energetic output due to overdriving the NTO fill when the TNAZ matrix undergoes detonation. Any formulations investigated during this study can easily be scaled-up and submitted for large-scale performance testing.
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