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International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion

ISSN Print: 2150-766X
ISSN Online: 2150-7678

International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion

DOI: 10.1615/IntJEnergeticMaterialsChemProp.v6.i1.30
pages 39-48

ENERGETIC SYSTEMS AND NANOTECHNOLOGY - A LOOK AHEAD

Robert Kavetsky
Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA, USA
Davinder Anand
Center for Energetic Concepts Development, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Judah Goldwasser
Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA, USA
Hugh Bruck
Center for Energetic Concepts Development, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
Ruth M. Doherty
Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, MD, USA
Ronald W. Armstrong
Center for Energetic Concepts Development, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

ABSTRACT

Amongst the military services, the Navy has taken a unique approach to developing energetic systems over the years, primarily due to the fact that our sailors "sleep on their munitions." While constantly striving for more powerful and effective energetic systems, there is corresponding emphasis, as well, on making sure these systems are insensitive to unplanned stimuli and do not operate until desired. Hence, the desire for "sixth generation energetic systems" incorporating the features noted above, whether employed in propellants or munitions. This paper will address two topics: 1) How nano-based materials can contribute to revolutionary improvements in energetic materials including a paradigm shift in insensitive munitions built around the idea of "Combat Safe" Insensitive Munitions (CSIM); and 2) the importance of developing the next generation of in-house experts in energetic systems who will carry on a tradition of transitioning breakthrough research into military systems.