Development and Scale-Up of Nanothermite Composites for Propellant Ignition
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AbstractThis SBIR Phase I project proposes development of a technologically feasible batch process for making nitrocellulose-nanothermite composites in a granular form for the ignition of propellants. The R & D will focus on the determination of burn rates, dynamic pressure profiles and ESD sensitivities of selected Al/CuO/Fe2O3 and Al/Fe2O3/Bi2O3 energetic nanocomposites based on spherical and flake nanoaluminum to meet ignition and burning characteristics of initiating materials, such as Benite. It is proposed to investigate JA2 propellant initiation using developed nitrocellulose-nanothermite composite materials at -65F, 70F and 160F. The results generated in Phase I are essential for the equipment design and scale-up of a production process for making initiating materials for a particular application in propellant based systems.
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