By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, Committee on Advanced Energetic Materials and Manufacturing Technologies
Complicated vigorous fabrics - explosive fill and propellants - are a serious expertise for nationwide defense. whereas numerous new promising techniques and formulations have emerged lately, the dept of security is worried in regards to the nation's skill to keep up and increase the information base during this zone. to aid in addressing those matters, workplaces inside of DOD requested the NRC to enquire and check the scope and wellbeing and fitness of the U.S. R&D efforts in vigorous fabrics. This file presents that evaluate. It provides numerous findings concerning the present R&D attempt and suggestions aimed toward enhancing U.S. features in constructing new vigorous fabrics know-how. This learn reviewed U.S. examine and improvement in complicated energetics being carried out through DoD, the DoE nationwide laboratories, industries, and academia, from a listing supplied via the sponsors. It additionally: reviewed papers and expertise exams of non-U.S. paintings in complex energetics, assessed vital parameters, resembling validity, viability, and the chance that every of those fabrics will be produced in volume; pointed out obstacles to scale-up and construction, and recommended technical techniques for addressing capability difficulties; and, urged particular possibilities, ideas, and priorities for presidency sponsorship of applied sciences and production technique improvement.
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The possibility of more advanced applications (such as liners and cases) should be explored. Appropriate analytical tools should be developed and used, along with critical experiments, to determine applicability. Other materials such as thermoplastics should be investigated in greater detail with lower processing temperatures to allow the use of other metals. Requirements regarding the material properties of reactive materials should be correlated with results in realistic warhead tests including probability of kill.
Until his transition to the Attack Weapons Department, Dr. Atkins was very active in the American Chemical Society (ACS), and served for 3 years as chair of the Mojave Desert Section. He has also been involved in Sigma Xi and the Research Society of America, for which he served 2 years as chair of his local chapter. Dr. S. S. D.
Programs in supporting their nuclear weapons program. Prior to joining LLNL, Dr. Atkins was employed at the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake, California. He was part of the Chemistry Division, Research Department, for many years, as a research chemist (1973-1980), branch head of the Energetic Materials Branch (1980-1985), and head of the Chemistry Division (19851989). From 1989-1993, Dr. , where he contributed to the management of the Tomahawk Cruise Missile Project and was direct supervisor of the Tomahawk Baseline Improvement Project.
Advanced Energetic Materials by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, Committee on Advanced Energetic Materials and Manufacturing Technologies