Mixture of CL-20 and HMX would create powerful new explosive

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    Powerful new explosive could replace today's state-of-the-art military explosive

    Borrowing a technology used to improve the effectiveness of drugs, scientists are reporting discovery of a new explosive more powerful than the current state-of-the-art explosive used by the military, and just as safe for personnel to handle.

    Their report appears in ACS' journal Crystal Growth and Design.

    Adam J. Matzger and colleagues explain that a technique for engineering medicines and other materials, termed cocrystallization, is attracting attention as a way to make improved explosives, rocket propellants and fireworks. Most solid materials consist of crystals - with atoms and molecules arranged in a specific pattern that repeats itself time and again.

    Cocrystallization involves combining two materials into a new crystal architecture with the goal of producing an improved material.

    They describe cocrystallization of the military's standard explosive, HMX, with a powerful explosive called CL-20, which the authors say is too prone to accidental detonation for military use.

    Mixing two parts CL-20 with one part HMX, however, produced a new explosive with a blast wave that would travel almost 225 miles per hour faster than that of the purest form of HMX, meaning a much more powerful blast.

    The new explosive, however, was as stable and resistant to accidental detonation as HMX. They suggest that it has the potential to replace HMX as the new state-of-the art military explosive
     
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    Ah, I was wondering what happened to that CL-20 that the labs had synthesised. They are gonna mix it and create a doubly powerful explosive. Awesome. :yey:
     
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    It might have interestinc applications potential, for example as explosive filler in shaped charge warheads, where penetration depends on calliber of warhead, quality of cumulaive insert and potential of explosive filler.
     
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    RDX (C-4) has been used for many years.

    RDX - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    US soldiers have used C-4 to heat rations by burning small amounts. They have also been known to eat it to get high. The US military did some toxicology studies with various animal species, e.g. Schneider, N. R.; Bradley, S. L.; Andersen, M. E. (July 1976), Toxicology of cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX): Distribution and metabolism in the rat and the miniature swine, Scientific Report, DTIC, SR76-34; also in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 39(3) March 1977,
     
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    They eat an explosive to get high? That's sick man. :3
     
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    See, they were using small amounts of C-4 to heat their rations and sometimes a piece would fall into their canteen cup.:rolleyes:

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    Now they can't use that excuse. Their rations include a flameless chemical heater. So that excuse is gone. :roflmao:
     
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