Experimental study of the effect of metal nanopowders on the decomposition of HMX, AP and AN

Alexander Gromov, Yulia Strokova, Alexey Kabardin, Alexander Vorozhtsov, Ulrich Teipel

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The effect of metal nanopowders (Al, Fe, W, Ni, Cu, and Cu-Ni alloys) on the decomposition of energetic materials (HMX, AP, and AN) with DTA-TGA method was studied and it was found that the catalytic action appears in the case of Cu-Ni nanopowders with the three studied energetic materials. The temperature of decomposition of energetic materials with the addition of metal nanopowders could be lowered by 82°C for AN, 161°C for AP, and 96°C for HMX. The reaction mechanism of metal nano-powders enhancing the decomposition of energetic materials is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)506-512
Number of pages7
JournalPropellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009



  • AN
  • AP
  • Decomposition
  • HMX
  • Metal nanopowders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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