Tuesday, March 01, 2011

US Patent 7896990 - Burn rate nanotube modifier


This patent is based on U.S. Naval research into using carbon nanotubes to create high energy explosives. Claim 1 reads:

1. A process for producing a burn rate modifier, comprising:

providing a chemical composition from an energetic material;

forming nanotubular structures from said chemical composition, wherein said forming comprises composing at least one of said nanotubular structures from said energetic material where said energetic material is a melt processible energetic material; and,

incorporating said nanotubular structures into an energetic composition for alignment of the nanotubular structures with a direction of an increased burn rate of the energetic composition.