EFFECT OF 2.45 GHz MICROWAVE RADIATION ON DIVERSE EXPLOSIVES

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Authors
  1. McIntosh, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
A preliminary study of the effect of 2.45 GHz microwave radiation on a variety of explosives was performed. A small sample, around 20 to 35 grams, of explosive was placed in a Pyrex beaker and then irradiated in a small domestic microwave oven. The explosives studied were Composition B, an aluminized RDX/TNT mixture, a plastic bonded explosive (PBX) based on RDX and an energetic GAP binder, a PBX based upon NTO/HMX and a GAP binder, and a PBX based upon RDX and HTPB binder (DREV's CX-84A). In all cases, only a burning reaction was observed. The memorandum shows that the time to reaction and rate of burning varied from explosive to explosive.
Keywords
Insensitive munitions
Report Number
DREV-TM-9702 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jun 1997
Number of Pages
21
DSTKIM No
97-03240
CANDIS No
503336
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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