Characterization of Explosives & Precursors
R1-A1

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Project Description

The project will identify and attend to data gaps. An important area, where more information is always welcome, is safety. Two data gaps addressed in year one are the safe handling of the peroxide explosive hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) and the properties of fuel-oxidizer mixtures, which are sometimes termed “FOX” explosives. The impetus for these studies is as follows: There have been several accidents with first-responders handling HMTD; thus, it became imperative its properties be thoroughly understood and documented. The typical FOX explosive involves a nitrate salt and a fuel. Are all nitrate salts equally powerful? What would be a safe standoff distance from a device armed with FOX, i.e. how well does it perform? What other oxidizers would be equally hazardous? Comprehensive characterization of oxidizers and fuel by thermal techniques is underway with the goal being able recognize certain characteristics observable on the lab-scale.

Project Leader
  • Jimmie Oxley
    Professor
    University of Rhode Island
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Faculty and Staff Currently Involved in Project
  • Jim Smith
    Professor
    URI
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  • Gerald Kagan
    Post-Doc
    URI
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Students Currently Involved in Project
  • Maria Donnelly
    URI
  • Matt Porter
    URI
  • Austin Brown
    URI
  • Devon Swanson
    URI
  • Lindsay McLennan
    URI