Date of Award

2012

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Owusu-Ofori, Samuel

Abstract

The goal of the research was to contribute to the knowledge of the characteristics of aluminum particles used for thermobaric weapons (TBX). It was desired to continue the research efforts conducted to produce an effective coating process to improve the reactivity of aluminum flakes. This was done by coating the particles with magnesium and nickel in a modified Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) system. The effects of the laser deposition on the morphology and surface chemistry of the aluminum particles were studied.

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