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Nanothermites for space and defence applications
Author(s): Marc Comet; Denis Spitzer; Jean-Pierre Moeglin
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Paper Abstract

Thermites are energetic materials which are made of a metallic oxide mixed with a reducing metal1. The reactivity of classical thermites is moderate but it can be substantially improved when micron-sized particles are replaced by nanoparticles. In this paper, three examples of nanothermites are given in order to illustrate the contribution of these nanomaterials in the future spatial and defence applications: - the incidence of the size of the metallic oxide particles on the reactivity was illustrated by the case of WO3/Al nanothermites, - the correlation between the composition/structure of the oxide phase and the reactivity was achieved on AlxMoyOz/Al nanothermites, - the fabrication of Gas Generating Nanothermites was performed by adding military explosives in porous mineral oxides (Cr2O3; MnO2) used to fabricate nanothermites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7314, Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace II, 73140N (29 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.821334
Show Author Affiliations
Marc Comet, Lab. ISL, CNRS, NS3E (France)
Denis Spitzer, Lab. ISL, CNRS, NS3E (France)
Jean-Pierre Moeglin, French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7314:
Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace II
Alex A. Kazemi; Bernard C. Kress, Editor(s)

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