Kinetic Lethality

Kinetic Lethality concentrates on technologies that deliver energy of motion (observable as the movement of an object, particle, or set of particles) sufficient to cause lethal effects.

Extended Solids as Disruptive Energetics

Discovery and invention of novel extended solids for use as potential energetic materials. Methodologies for discovery include chemical synthesis, mechanochemical synthesis, and high-pressure chemistry and physics. The research area also focuses on investigating novel and efficient energy release concepts.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Jennifer Ciezak-Jenkins 410-278-6169

Multiscale Reactive Modeling for Energetics

Theoretical modeling and simulation of energetic materials in order to understand the structure-property and structure-phenomenological responses of energetics. The program focuses on building models from quantum mechanical to micro- to meso- to continuum scale with emphasis on building the models that bridge the length scales.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Brian Barnes brian.c.barnes11.civ@mail.mil410-306-0772

Detonation Science

Investigation of reactive rate for CHNO compounds.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Kevin McNesby 410-306-1383

Synthesis of Energetic Materials

Research into higher-energy CHNO molecules that offer increased output and are less sensitive than current material.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Jesse Sabatini 410-278-0235

Plasma Synthesis of Energetic Materials

Discovery and research into novel techniques for manufacturing of energetic materials. The research explores plasma chemistry and the novel structures and phases of the resultant dense material.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Chi-Chin Wu 410-306-1481

Ultrafast Response of Energetic Materials

Multi-pronged research in decoupling thermal and shock response of energetic materials through ultrafast (femtosecond) laser probes. Efforts focus on nanoscale shock response and indirect laser heating through the use of ultrafast lasers.

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Nhan Dang 410-278-6141
Dr. Frank De Lucia 410-306-0884

Laser-Driven Flyer Plates for Energetics

Investigation into lab-scale shock impact of energetic materials through the use of laser-driven flyer plates. The research focuses on determining if lab-scale experiments can capture similar physics and responses as large-scale gas-gun experiments.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Steven Dean 410-278-6357

Mechanochemistry for Energetics

Joint theory and experimental exploration of the effect of strain and shear on energy release mechanisms for energetic materials. The theory portion focuses on capturing the atomistic level detail of strain and shear on energetic materials, while the experimental effort explores the large-scale effect of shear on energetic materials in a diamond-anvil cell.

Principal Investigators:

Synthesis: Dr. Tim Jenkins 410-306-1902
Theory: Dr. Jim Larentzos 410-306-0809

Machine Learning for Energetics

Investigation of machine-learning techniques and big data as applied to predicting properties and response to insult for energetic materials.

Principal Investigators:

Dr. William Mattson 410-306-1903
Dr. Brian Barnes 410-306-0772

High-G Environment

Experimental techniques to enable repeatable and controlled simulation capability of high-g events in a laboratory environment as a research tool and low-cost alternative to ballistic experiments.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Michael Minnicino 410-306-1919

High-Speed Diagnostics

Experimental techniques to characterize the reaction of energetic materials when subjected to shock.

Principal Investigator:

Mr. Gerrit Sutherland 410-306-1382

Flight Dynamics/Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Flight dynamics and guidance, navigation, and control of guided precision munitions with emphasis on development of new algorithms of novel guided munitions.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Frank Fresconi 410-306-0794

Low-Cost Hyper-Accurate Weapons

Research estimation and control algorithms while leveraging high-performance, low-power computing capabilities to solve complex engagement problems that are currently not feasible.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Mark Ilg 410-306-0738

Computational Fluid Dynamics of Reacting Flows for Propulsion

Theoretical modeling and simulation of high-pressure, non-equilibrium chemically-reacting flows with application to interior ballistics of guns (including muzzle blast/flash) and to solid-propellant rocket motors. Development of detailed chemical kinetics mechanisms, physical properties of propellants, and lab-scale simulators for model validation.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Michael Nusca 410-278-6108

Computational Fluid Dynamics for Aerodynamics and Flight Sciences

Development and validation of high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics-based capabilities for prediction of nonlinear and unsteady aerodynamic/flight dynamic behaviors of complex, guided flight bodies. Fundamental and applied aerodynamic research for better understanding of effects related to the rapid and accurate prediction of maneuvering flight physics (e.g., vortex interactions, shock/boundary-layer interactions, aerothermal effects, flow-control mechanisms).

Principal Investigators:

Dr. James DeSpirito 410-306-0778
Dr. Joseph (JD) Vasile 410-306-1794

Weapon-Projectile Dynamics and Structural Mechanics

Employing experimental and numerical methods to further the understanding of complex weapon-projectile interactions, their dynamics, and their effect on the projectile system during gun launch in order to directly link the interior ballistics and exterior ballistics sciences.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Michael Minnicino 410-306-1919

Penetration Mechanics

High-velocity penetration into soft, brittle, and ductile materials. Fracture and failure behaviors.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. James Newill 410-306-6004

Time-Resolved Characterization of Impact and Penetration of Brittle and Ductile Materials

Experimental, modeling and simulation of high-velocity impact.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Brian Schuster 410-278-6733