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Title: Non-focusing active warhead

Abstract

A non-nuclear, non-focusing, active warhead that comprises a high explosive charge contained within a casing of reactive metal is disclosed. When the high explosive is detonated, the reactive metal is dispersed and reacts with the air, which significantly increases the explosive yield of the warhead. The active warhead produces therefore much higher blast effects with significantly reduced weight compared to conventional munitions. The warhead is highly effective against such targets as aircraft which typically have thin fuselages, for example. The explosiveness of this warhead can be enhanced further by elevating the temperature and therefore the reactivity of the reactive metal before or during the explosion. New methods of enhancing the reactivity of the metal are also taught. 4 figs.

Inventors:
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
University of California
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States); Department of the Air Force, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
321201
Patent Number(s):
5,852,256
Application Number:
PAN: 6-024,641
Assignee:
Air Force, Washington, DC (United States) PTO; SCA: 450100; PA: EDB-99:031390; SN: 99002058475
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 22 Dec 1998
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; WEAPONS; MILITARY EQUIPMENT; CHEMICAL EXPLOSIVES; CONVENTIONAL WARFARE; BLAST EFFECTS; DESIGN

Citation Formats

Hornig, H.C. Non-focusing active warhead. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Hornig, H.C. Non-focusing active warhead. United States.
Hornig, H.C. Tue . "Non-focusing active warhead". United States.
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abstractNote = {A non-nuclear, non-focusing, active warhead that comprises a high explosive charge contained within a casing of reactive metal is disclosed. When the high explosive is detonated, the reactive metal is dispersed and reacts with the air, which significantly increases the explosive yield of the warhead. The active warhead produces therefore much higher blast effects with significantly reduced weight compared to conventional munitions. The warhead is highly effective against such targets as aircraft which typically have thin fuselages, for example. The explosiveness of this warhead can be enhanced further by elevating the temperature and therefore the reactivity of the reactive metal before or during the explosion. New methods of enhancing the reactivity of the metal are also taught. 4 figs.},
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