Science and Technology of Energetic Materials

Vol.66, No.6 (2005)Special Issue for ISEM 2005


Chemical conversion of energetic materials to higher value products
A.R. Mitchell, P.C. Hsu, M.D. Coburn, R.D. Schmidt, P.F. Pagoria, and G.S. Lee


The objective of this program is to develop new processes for the disposal of surplus energetic materials. Disposal through open burning/open detonation (OB/OD) is considered less attractive today due to environmental, cost and safety concerns. The use of energetic materials as chemical feedstocks for higher value products can provide environmentally sound and cost-effective alternatives to OB/OD. Our recent studies on the conversion of surplus energetic materials (Explosive D, TNT) to higher value products will be described.

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Energetic materials, Chemical conversion, Higher value products, 1,3,5-Triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB), Insensitive high explosive (IHE)

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