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Projectile containing metastable intermolecular composites and spot fire method of use

United States Patent

July 31, 2012
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A method for altering the course of a conflagration involving firing a projectile comprising a powder mixture of oxidant powder and nanosized reductant powder at velocity sufficient for a violent reaction between the oxidant powder and the nanosized reductant powder upon impact of the projectile, and causing impact of the projectile at a location chosen to draw a main fire to a spot fire at such location and thereby change the course of the conflagration, whereby the air near the chosen location is heated to a temperature sufficient to cause a spot fire at such location. The invention also includes a projectile useful for such method and said mixture preferably comprises a metastable intermolecular composite.
Asay; Blaine W. (Los Alamos, NM), Son; Steven F. (West Lafayette, IN), Sanders; V. Eric (Los Alamos, NM), Foley; Timothy (Los Alamos, NM), Novak; Alan M. (Los Alamos, NM), Busse; James R. (South Fork, CO)
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
12/ 561,311
September 17, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory.