Volume 90 Issue 37 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: September 10, 2012

Safer Explosives Still Pack A Punch

Energetic Materials: Compounds are less sensitive, less toxic than the military explosives RDX and HMX
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Safety
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: military explosives, RDX, HMX, energetic materials

Three new explosives from three different labs have attractive properties such as simple syntheses and relative insensitivity, making some of them possible candidates to replace current military explosive favorites, the nitramines RDX and HMX, observers say.

The design of new energetic materials stems from the need to improve the safety and reduce the environmental impact of the manufacture and use of military explosives. “The greening of its ammunition is a high priority of our defense . . .

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