Shock initiation of reactive nanolaminates

Sergey M. Matveev, Dana D. Dlott, Petra Hanusova, Jon Paul Maria, Rachel Nye, Gregory Parsons

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The production of heat by reactive nanomaterials occurs at a fuel/oxidizer interface. In order to understand how such materials can be initiated by shock, we studied a model system consisting of a reactive nanolaminate (RNL) with a well-defined planar interface. In addition, an organic thin layer could be intercalated between the fuel and oxidizer to modulate the reaction. We studied a stoichiometric mixture of Zr fuel and CuO oxidizer and the modulator layer was polyurea produced by molecular layer deposition. The RNL was shocked using 0.5 mm diameter Al flyer plates launched by a pulsed laser at 1.5 km/s. We found that little or no reaction was produced immediately under the flyer plate where the interface experiences compression only. Instead the reaction was efficiently initiated by shear waves propagating out from the edges of the flyer plate. The RNL reaction temperature during shock was 4000K, and after the shock dissipated, the RNL reacted at 3000K. Modulator layers caused the reaction to slow down with the effect increasing with increasing modulator thickness up to 500 nm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShock Compression of Condensed Matter - 2019
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter
EditorsJ. Matthew D. Lane, Timothy C. Germann, Michael R. Armstrong, Ryan Wixom, David Damm, Joseph Zaug
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735440005
StatePublished - Nov 2 2020
Event21st Biennial American Physical Society Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2019 - Portland, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Conference21st Biennial American Physical Society Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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