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The Effects of Processing Variables on Resonant Acoustic Mixed Polymer Bonded Explosives

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posted on 23.11.2018, 10:40 by Andrew Claydon
Poster presented at the 2018 Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium.

Polymer Bonded Explosives (PBXs) are composite materials which consist of high explosive crystals bound in a polymer matrix. During manufacture, the crystals are dispersed throughout a liquid prepolymer, which is then cured into a crosslinked elastomeric solid. Dispersion can be achieved with Resonant Acoustic Mixing (RAM), a novel mixing technique which uses a vibrating platform to create longitudinal acoustic pressure waves which agitate the mixture. This work describes the outcomes of a comparison between the effects of different mixing vessel surfaces on process efficiency, and a way in which RAM equipment can be modified to mix PBX samples ‘in-situ’, in their end-use cases.

NOTE: This poster is based on preliminary data that has since been superseded, additional details on where to find current work will be included here in due course.




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