Shock Waves

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 693–707 | Cite as

Some issues for blast from a structural reactive material solid

  • F. Zhang
Original Article


Structural reactive material (SRM) is consolidated from a mixture of micro- or nanometric reactive metals and metal compounds to the mixture theoretical maximum density. An SRM can thus possess a higher energy density, relying on various exothermic reactions, and higher mechanical strength and heat resistance than that of conventional CHNO explosives. Progress in SRM solid studies is reviewed specifically as an energy source for air blast through the reaction of fine SRM fragments under explosive loading. This includes a baseline SRM solid explosion characterization, material properties of an SRM solid, and its dynamic fine fragmentation mechanisms and fragment reaction mechanisms. The overview is portrayed mainly from the author’s own experimental studies combined with theoretical and numerical explanation. These advances have laid down some fundamentals for the next stage of developments.


Structural reactive material Reactive material Intermetallics Thermite Metal combustion Blast Reactive fragment 



The author is grateful to B. Eichelbaum, K. Mudri, R. Stallmann, R. Laing, L. Gagne, R. Finlay, K. Baker, M., Radulescu, M. Gauthier, C.V. Cojocaru, R. Ripley, L. Donahue, K. Kim, W. Wilson, and technical staff from the Suffield Field Operations Section for their input into the work described above.


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  1. 1.Defence Research and Development CanadaMedicine HatCanada

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