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This book offers a comprehensive account of energetic materials, including their synthesis, computational modeling, applications, associated degradation mechanisms, environmental consequences and fate and transport. This multi-author contributed volume describes how armed forces around the world are moving their attention from legacy explosive compounds, which are heat and shock sensitive (thus posing greater challenges in terms of handling and storage), to the insensitive munitions compounds/formulations such as insensitive munitions explosive (IMX) and the Picatinny Arsenal Explosive (PAX) series of compounds. The description of energetic materials focuses on explosives, pyrotechnic compositions, and propellants. The contributors go on to explain how modern generation energetic compounds must be insensitive to shock and heat but at the same time yield more energy upon explosion. Nanoinspired and/or co-crystallized energetic materials offer another route to generate next-generation energetic materials, and this authoritative book bridges a large gap in the literature by providing a comprehensive analysis of these compounds. Additionally, it includes a valuable overview of energetic materials, a detailed discussion of recent advances on future energetic compounds, nanotechnology in energetic materials, environmental contamination and toxicity, assessment of munitions lethality, the application quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) in design of energetics and the fate and transport of munition compounds in the environment.

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2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

High Performance, Low Sensitivity: The Impossible (or Possible) Dream?

Peter Politzer, Jane S. Murray

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Recent Advances in Gun Propellant Development: From Molecules to Materials

Eugene Rozumov

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

How to Use QSPR Models to Help the Design and the Safety of Energetic Materials

Guillaume Fayet, Patricia Rotureau

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Energetic Polymers: Synthesis and Applications

Alexander J. Paraskos

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Pyrophoric Nanomaterials

Chris Haines, Lauren Morris, Zhaohua Luan, Zac Doorenbos

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

The Relationship Between Flame Structure and Burning Rate for Ammonium Perchlorate Composite Propellants

Sarah Isert, Steven F. Son

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

PAFRAG Modeling and Experimentation Methodology for Assessing Lethality and Safe Separation Distances of Explosive Fragmentation Ammunitions

Vladimir M. Gold

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Grain-Scale Simulation of Shock Initiation in Composite High Explosives

Ryan A. Austin, H. Keo Springer, Laurence E. Fried

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Computational Modeling for Fate, Transport and Evolution of Energetic Metal Nanoparticles Grown via Aerosol Route

Dibyendu Mukherjee, Seyyed Ali Davari

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Physical Properties of Select Explosive Components for Assessing Their Fate and Transport in the Environment

Veera M. Boddu, Carmen Costales-Nieves, Reddy Damavarapu, Dabir S. Viswanath, Manoj K. Shukla

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

High Explosives and Propellants Energetics: Their Dissolution and Fate in Soils

Katerina Dontsova, Susan Taylor

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Insensitive Munitions Formulations: Their Dissolution and Fate in Soils

Susan Taylor, Katerina Dontsova, Marianne Walsh

2017 | OriginalPaper | Chapter

Toxicity and Bioaccumulation of Munitions Constituents in Aquatic and Terrestrial Organisms

Guilherme R. Lotufo


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