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Rheological studies on energetic thermoplastic elastomers

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Energetic thermoplastic elastomers containing energetic groups, such as azido, nitrato, nitro, and so forth, are emerging as attractive binder systems for advanced solid rocket propellants. Poly[3,3-bis(Azidomethyl) oxetane (BAMO)-co-3-azidomethyl-3-methyl oxetane (AMMO)] comprising hard crystalline BAMO segment and the soft/amorphous AMMO segment in various molar ratios (80 : 20, 50 : 50 and 20 : 80) were synthesized during the present work. The homo polymers namely Poly-BAMO and Poly-AMMO were also synthesized. All the polymers and copolymers were characterized by spectral and thermal methods. They were found to be thermally stable. The most promising 80 : 20 copolymer softened at 56°C with Tg of −36°C. Rheological studies were also carried out to determine their suitability as a binder in explosive and propellant formulations. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010

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