Understanding Heterogeneity of Energetic Materials
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Project Description

Overview and Significance

The project at Texas Tech is centered on the heterogeneity of energetic materials. We seek to understand the structure of energetic materials and how that structure influences kinetic and thermodynamic properties. In addition, we have developed novel tools to determine thermodynamic parameters of high explosives. These two projects are discussed separately:

1. Heterogeneous and mock energetic materials

2. Determination of thermodynamic parameters of explosives based on optical methods.

An important aspect of funding on this project, with so many participants, is that in 2014 and 2015 three graduate students were awarded internal fellowships covering 100% of their expenses (Zhang, Baghi and Ramirez). We were able to leverage this unexpected funding to place additional students on the project (Fondren and Charles).

The future plan with this project is to be able to use optical spectroscopy to identify thermodynamic multicomponent explosives. Since many HMEs have multiple components, this technique will provide useful data on both detection and characterization.
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Project Leader
  • Louisa Hope-Weeks
    Professor
    Texas Tech University
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  • Brandon Weeks
    Associate Director
    Texas Tech University
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Students Currently Involved in Project
  • Xin Zhang
    Texas Tech University
  • Donald Ramirez
    Texas Tech University
  • Roya Baghi
    Texas Tech University
  • Zixu Zhang
    Texas Tech University
  • Zac Fondren
    Texas Tech University
  • Vanessa Charles
    Texas Tech University