Mechanical Behavior Of Energetic Materials During High Acceleration

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The mechanical behavior of explosives subjected to high acceleration has been studied in an ultracentrifuge at –10°C and 25°C. Melt-cast TNAZ and pressed TNAZ, LX-14, Composition A3 Type II, PAX-2A, and PAX-3 have been studied. Failure occurs when the shear or tensile strength of the explosive is exceeded. The fracture acceleration of melt-cast TNAZ is greater than that of pressed TNAZ at –10°C and 25°C. The fracture acceleration of PAX-3 is greater than that of Composition A3 Type II at –10°C and 25°C. The fracture acceleration of melt-cast TNAZ and pressed TNAZ at –10°C is about 10less than at 25°C. The fracture acceleration of PAX-3 at –10°C is about 2.6 times that at 25°C. The fracture acceleration of Composition A3 Type II at –10°C is about 1.7 times that at 25°C.

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Lanzerotti, Y., Sharma, J. Mechanical Behavior Of Energetic Materials During High Acceleration. MRS Online Proceedings Library 759, 46 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-759-MM4.6

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