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Small-Angle Neutron Scattering Reveals how High Explosives Age Ungracefully

Neutron scattering is a non-invasive technique which can be used on very small sample sizes - allowing analysis of explosives without having to detonate them.

Researchers have found that polymer explosives age due to a process called crosslinking, which decreases material strength.

Study of this problem can aid in national defense applications, where an understanding of the aging explosives is essential.

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Schematic of crosslinking of polymer strands in the material.



 
 
   
 
             

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