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.
Dr. Jennifer Ciezak-Jenkins firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Dr. Brian Barnes email@example.com
Investigation of reactive rate for CHNO compounds.
Dr. Kevin McNesby firstname.lastname@example.org 410-306-1383
Synthesis of Energetic Materials
Research into higher-energy CHNO molecules that offer increased output and are less sensitive than current material.
Dr. Jesse Sabatini email@example.com 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.
Dr. Chi-Chin Wu firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Dr. Steven Dean email@example.com 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.
Machine Learning for Energetics
Investigation of machine-learning techniques and big data as applied to predicting properties and response to insult for energetic materials.
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.
Dr. Joseph South firstname.lastname@example.org 410-278-9077
Experimental techniques to characterize the reaction of energetic materials when subjected to shock.
Mr. Gerrit Sutherland email@example.com 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.
Dr. Frank Fresconi firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Dr. Mark Ilg email@example.com 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.
Dr. Michael Nusca firstname.lastname@example.org 410-278-6108
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.
Dr. Michael Minnicino email@example.com 410-306-1919
High-velocity penetration into soft, brittle, and ductile materials. Fracture and failure behaviors.
Dr. James Newill firstname.lastname@example.org 410-306-6004
Time-Resolved Characterization of Impact and Penetration of Brittle and Ductile Materials
Experimental, modeling and simulation of high-velocity impact.
Dr. Brian Schuster email@example.com 410-278-6733