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Title: The challenge of improvised explosives

Energetic materials have been developed for decades, and indeed centuries, with a common set of goals in mind. Performance (as a detonating explosive, a propellant, or a pyrotechnic) has always been key, equally important have been the attributes of safety, stability, and reproducibility. Research and development with those goals has led to the set of energetic materials commonly used today. In the past few decades, the adoption and use of improvised explosives in attacks by terrorists or third-world parties has led to many questions about these materials, e.g., how they may be made, what threat they pose to the intended target, how to handle them safely, and how to detect them. The unfortunate advent of improvised explosives has opened the door for research into these materials, and there are active programs in many countries. I will discuss issues and opportunities facing research into improvised explosives.
Authors:
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  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1237529
Report Number(s):
LLNL-JRNL--541332
Journal ID: ISSN 1521-4087
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics (Online); Journal Volume: 37; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1521-4087
Publisher:
Wiley
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY