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Energetic composite and system with enhanced mechanical sensitivity to initiation of self-sustained reaction

United States Patent

May 29, 2012
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An energetic composition and system using amassed energetic multilayer pieces which are formed from the division, such as for example by cutting, scoring, breaking, crushing, shearing, etc., of a mechanically activatable monolithic energetic multilayer(s) (e.g. macro-scale sheets of multilayer films), for enhancing the sensitivity of the energetic composite and system to mechanical initiation of self-sustained reaction. In particular, mechanical initiation of the energetic composition may be achieved with significantly lower mechanical energy inputs than that typically required for initiating the monolithic energetic multilayers from which it is derived.
Gash; Alexander E. (Brentwood, CA), Barbee, Jr.; Troy W. (Palo Alto, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
11/ 804,454
May 18, 2007
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. W-7405-ENG-48 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.