Energetic Materials

Authors

  • Dr. Sury Iyer,

    1. Energetics and Warheads Division, AED U.S. Army Armament R, D and E Center Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey 07806-5000 (USA)
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    • performed doctoral research, under a USAEC fellowship, at Brookhaven National Laboratory and obtained Ph.D. degree from Boston University (USA) in 1968 in physical chemistry. In August 1968 he joined the U.S. Army as a civilian and has since then performed research at ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. His publications span the areas of time-resolved photo- and radiation chemistry, polymer science and energetic materials.

  • Dr. Norman Slagg

    1. Energetics and Warheads Division, AED U.S. Army Armament R, D and E Center Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey 07806-5000 (USA)
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    • earned a B. S. in Chemistry from Brooklyn College in 1952 and a Ph.D from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1960, majoring in physical chemistry with an emphasis on kinetics. He obtained a fellowship to the National Bureau of Standards where he performed photochemical studies. After working for seven years in industry he obtained a position as a research chemist with the U.S. Army at Picatinny Arsenal. He is currently the Chief of the Explosives and Warheads Branch. In addition he has taught undergraduate physical chemistry part-time at Rutgers University for several years.


  • Dedicated to Professor Paul von Ragué Schleyer on the occasion of his 60th birthday

Abstract

Metastable molecues possessing high reactivity can be employed as explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics. The properties, sensitivities and kinetics of energetic materials used as nitroaromatics and nitramines, which are in both military and civilian use, are discussed and the theory of detonation described.

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