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Variable thrust cartridge

United States Patent

6,142,056
November 7, 2000
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The present invention is a variable thrust cartridge comprising a water-molten aluminum reaction chamber from which a slug is propelled. The cartridge comprises a firing system that initiates a controlled explosion from the reaction chamber. The explosive force provides a thrust to a slug, preferably contained within the cartridge.
Taleyarkhan; Rusi P. (Knoxville, TN)
U.T. Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 057,127
April 8, 1998
This United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract DE-AC05-84OR21400 between the United States Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., and also pursuant to contract DE-AC05-960R22464 between the United States Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.