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Frontiers on Energetic Materials: Pouring, Cure, Storage, Combustion

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 June 2023) | Viewed by 1714

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The Institute of Xi'an Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology, Xi'an, China
Interests: solid rocket motor; combustion and heat transfer; propellent grain and fuel; SRM test and experiment
School of Transportation and Logistics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
Interests: solid propellant; viscoelastic properties; structural integrity; numerical simulation
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Institute of Highway Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, 52062 Aachen, Germany
Interests: asphalt pavement design; application of numerical methods on pavement engineering; bearing capacity of asphalt pavement; meso-model of asphalt pavement considering its multiphase
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Dear Colleagues,

Energetic materials are the energy sources for rocket motors, missile, and cannon, etc. In recent decades, astronautics has developed so fast and many innovations on energetic materials have bloomed, which promotes the to the further exploration of unknown space.

Energetic materials must be capable of maintaining structural integrity over a demanding range of operating and storage conditions. Significant mechanical loads are introduced in the conditions, especially for case bonded grains. The strain capability of energetic materials at a low temperature under either very low strain rates for cooldown of the motors under low-temperature storage or high strain rates due to combustion pressurization of a cold motor are concerned. For instance, the solid propellants must possess high enough moduli to avoid excessive deformation under high-temperature combustion conditions and high enough creep under long-term exposure to high temperatures. Additionally, the solid propellants must possess enough toughness to resist fracture or fragmentation upon failure under high stress or strain rates. Such fragmentation yields high surface area, which can produce an explosive reaction given an combustion source and the confinement of the rocket motor case.

Modern techniques, such as non-destructive inspections, mechanical tests in laboratory, analytical solutions, and multi-scale numerical simulations have been excessively employed onto exploring the properties of energetic materials during pouring, curing, storage, and combustion recently. Such valuable theories and practices are worthy of broadcasting and hopefully the energetic materials area can go forward a small step.

In this topic, there is a focus on the fundamental problems of energetic materials during its pouring, curing, storage, and combustion. Both theoretical and experimental contributions can be submitted.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue, including full papers, reviews, and short communications.

Dr. Jianru Wang
Dr. Changjun Zhou
Dr. Pengfei Liu
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  • energetic materials
  • solid propellant
  • explosives propellants
  • pouring
  • curing
  • storage
  • combustion
  • viscoelastic properties
  • durability
  • structural integrity
  • laboratory tests
  • nondestructive inspections
  • analytical solutions
  • numerical simulations

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22 pages, 6162 KiB  
Review of the Mechanical Properties and Numerical Simulation of Composite Solid Propellants
by Jianru Wang, Peng Cao and Xiaoxu Wang
Materials 2023, 16(21), 6875; - 26 Oct 2023
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 1314
Investigating the constitutive relationship and the damage failure mechanism of solid propellants is of significance for improving the safety, storage period and use efficiency of solid rocket motors. This paper focuses on the complex mechanical response behavior of composite solid propellants under loads [...] Read more.
Investigating the constitutive relationship and the damage failure mechanism of solid propellants is of significance for improving the safety, storage period and use efficiency of solid rocket motors. This paper focuses on the complex mechanical response behavior of composite solid propellants under loads and introduces experimental research on quasi-static and dynamic mechanical properties. Limited by the accuracy of instruments and testing methods, the research progress of macroscopic constitutive models, mesoscopic mechanical models and microscopic molecular models is summarized from the perspective of numerical simulations based on model scale and modeling methods. This paper tracks the historical progress of key models and summarizes the main achievements and prospects in this field. The research in this paper has high scientific and theoretical significance and engineering application value. It can provide an important reference and guidance for the structural optimization and performance improvement of solid propellants and lay a solid foundation for the development of solid rocket motors. Full article
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