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Title: Energetic composites and method of providing chemical energy

A method for providing chemical energy and energetic compositions of matter consisting of thin layers of substances which will exothermically react with one another. The layers of reactive substances are separated by thin layers of a buffer material which prevents the reactions from taking place until the desired time. The reactions are triggered by an external agent, such as mechanical stress or an electric spark. The compositions are known as metastable interstitial composites (MICs). This class of compositions includes materials which have not previously been capable of use as energetic materials. The speed and products of the reactions can be varied to suit the application.
 [1];  [2]
  1. (Los Alamos, NM)
  2. (Espanola, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC) LANL
Patent Number(s):
US 5606146
Contract Number:
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM
Country of Publication:
United States
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