Characterization of Energetic Materials Under Extreme Conditions [INACTIVE]

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Project Description


Project R1-A2 investigates phase and chemical stabilities of selected energetic materials at the blast-relevant pressure, temperature, and different chemical environments using Diamond Anvil Cells (DAC) and dynamic-DAC coupled with confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy and third-generation synchrotron X-ray diffraction.

The present project provides significant understanding of the fundamental properties of energetic materials of high value to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) interests. This data is critical to development in:

  • Predictive capabilities for explosive initiation.
  • Improved Equations of State (EOS) models for better assessment of blast effects.
  • Blast-/shock-mitigating materials and methodologies.
  • Related basic science needs for materials in extreme conditions.



The [2015-2016] Biennial Review identified that this project addresses an important knowledge gap related to understanding the nature of explosives properties and what occurs during detonation. It also indicated that we provide fundamental data for various predictive codes such as the CHEETAH thermochemical code, which aids weapons designers and responders in the reactivity and stability of materials of interest.
Year 4 Annual Report
Project Leader
  • Choong-Shik Yoo
    Washington State University

Faculty and Staff Currently Involved in Project
  • Minseob Kim
    Post Doctoral
    Washington State University

Students Currently Involved in Project
  • Sakun Duwal