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Published July 28, 2006 | Published
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Thermal Decomposition of Energetic Materials by ReaxFF Reactive Molecular Dynamics


We report the study of thermal decomposition of 1,3,5-trinitrohexahydro-s-triazine (RDX) bonded with polyurethane (Estane) and of the bulk hydrazine by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations equipped with the reactive force field (ReaxFF). For the polymer binder explosive, the simulation results show that the thermal decomposition of RDX is affected by the presence of the polymer binder Estane. Generally, with addition of Estane the decomposition of RDX slows down. Final products including N2, H2O, CO, CO2 and intermediates NO2, NO and HONO have been identified from the thermal decomposition processes. For the bulk hydrazine, it is found that with the increase of temperature, its decomposition increases and more N2 and H2 are generated, but NH3 molecules are consumed much faster at higher temperatures. This simulation work provides us an approach to quickly test the response of various energetic materials to thermal conditions.

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© 2006 American Institute of Physics. Funding for this work was provided by ONR and ARO-MURI.

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