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Title: Impact initiation of reactive aluminized fluorinated acrylic nanocomposites

The initiation of aluminized fluorinated acrylic (AlFA) nanocomposites during modified Taylor impact tests was investigated. Samples were impacted against a steel or sapphire anvil at a nominal velocity of 150 m/s. A framing camera was used to capture head-on and side-profile impact images for the sapphire window and steel plate rigid anvils, respectively. Correlations were drawn between both experimental setups to determine the initiation locations and reaction times. Reactions were found to initiate at an intermediate radius on the impact face of the pellet at a time near full compaction. From simulations, the highest strains and temperatures were found at radii similar to those observed in experiments at the time of ignition. Off-normal impacts produced higher localized straining and temperatures on one-half of the pellet. As a result, the copper projectile, used for delivery, was revealed to aid in a shear assisted reaction by helping to drive the pellet material outward as the projectile deformed radially.
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  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  2. Air Force Research Lab., Elgin AFB, FL (United States)
  3. Air Force Research Lab., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (United States)
  4. Army Research Lab., Aberdeen Proving Ground, Adelphi, MD (United States)
  5. Georgia Inst. of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2199-7446
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Dynamic Behavior of Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 2199-7446
Research Org:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
42 ENGINEERING; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; AlFA; Taylor impact; polymer composites; energetic materials; impact initiation
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