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METHODS OF REDUCING IGNITION SENSITIVITY OF ENERGETIC MATERIALS, METHODS OF FORMING ENERGETIC MATERIALS HAVING REDUCED IGNITION SENSITIVITY, AND RELATED ENERGETIC MATERIALS

United States Patent Application

20160031769
A1
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An energetic material comprising an elemental fuel, an oxidizer or other element, and a carbon nanofiller or carbon fiber rods, where the carbon nanofiller or carbon fiber rods are substantially homogeneously dispersed in the energetic material. Methods of tailoring the electrostatic discharge sensitivity of an energetic material are also disclosed. Energetic materials including the elemental fuel, the oxidizer or other element, and an additive are also disclosed, as are methods of reducing ignition sensitivity of the energetic material including the additive. The additive is combined with the elemental fuel and a metal oxide to form the energetic material. The energetic material is heated at a slow rate to render inert the energetic material to ignition while the energetic material remains ignitable when heated at a fast rate.
DANIELS, MICHAEL A. (IDAHO FALLS, ID), HEAPS, RONALD J. (IDAHO FALLS, ID), PANTOYA, MICHELLE (LUBBOCK, TX)
14/ 811,703
July 28, 2015
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. This invention was also made with government support under Contract Number W911NF-11-1-0439 awarded by the Army Research Office. The government has certain rights in the invention.