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  • Reactive Material Structures (RMS)

    The vision of the Reactive Material Structures (RMS) program is to develop materials that can serve as high-strength structural materials and can be controllably stimulated to produce blast energy on demand.

    Reactive materials are solids such as metals and metal oxides that cannot be detonated, but are capable of releasing large amounts of thermodynamic energy very rapidly.  These materials can provide energy that exceeds those of traditional explosives and offer the potential of significantly increasing performance without increasing size or weight.  The potential of this class of materials has not been realized because of limitations related to dynamic control of strength and energy conversion mechanisms.  The Reactive Material Structures (RMS) program seeks to develop the revolutionary capability of integrating reactive and structural materials into a single material system, with a mechanism to activate that system and release energy upon command.
    The vision of the RMS program is to develop materials that can serve as high-strength structural materials and can be controllably stimulated to produce blast energy on demand.  The technical objectives of the RMS program are to develop and demonstrate the following:

    • High-strength, high-density materials that incorporate high-enthalpy, reactive ingredients.
    • Ability to tailor microstructure/architecture so the material composite can be induced to undergo rapid and massive failure to produce combustible ingredients with very large surface areas.
    • Capability to convert consolidated structural material into large surface area powder, disperse, and ignite the powder to produce a high intensity blast.

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