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Title: Nanoengineered explosives

A complex modulated structure is described for reactive elements that have the capability of considerably more heat than organic explosives while generating a working fluid or gas. The explosive and method of fabricating same involves a plurality of very thin, stacked, multilayer structures, each composed of reactive components, such as aluminum, separated from a less reactive element, such as copper oxide, by a separator material, such as carbon. The separator material not only separates the reactive materials, but it reacts therewith when detonated to generate higher temperatures. The various layers of material, thickness of 10 to 10,000 angstroms, can be deposited by magnetron sputter deposition. The explosive detonates and combusts a high velocity generating a gas, such as CO, and high temperatures. 2 figs.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
215245
Assignee:
Univ. of California, Oakland, CA (United States) PTO; SCA: 450100; PA: EDB-96:074091; SN: 96001569528
Patent Number(s):
US 5,505,799/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-120,407
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 9 Apr 1996
Research Org:
University of California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; CHEMICAL EXPLOSIVES; FABRICATION; CHEMICAL COMPOSITION; ALUMINIUM; COPPER OXIDES; GRAPHITE; VAPOR DEPOSITED COATINGS; SPUTTERING; CARBON MONOXIDE