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Nanoscale explosive-implosive burst generators using nuclear-mechanical triggering of pretensioned liquids

United States Patent Application

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A burst generator includes a structure for placing at least a portion of a liquid into a tension state, the tension state being below a cavitation threshold of the liquid. The tension state imparts stored mechanical energy into the liquid portion. A structure for cavitating provides energy to the liquid portion sufficient to bubble nucleate at least one bubble having a bubble radius greater than a critical bubble radius of the liquid, formation of the bubble releasing at least a portion of the energy which is stored in the tension state.
Taleyarkhan, Rusi P. (Knoxville, TN)
09/ 981,512
October 17, 2001
[0001] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC05-000R22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.