Synthesis and characterization of aluminum-rich nanocomposite powders at cryogenic temperatures

Carlo Badiola, Mirko Schoenitz, Xiaoying Zhu, Edward L. Dreizin

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Nanocomposite materials with reactive components are of interest for many applications in pyrotechnics, explosives, and propellants. Several such materials have been recently prepared by Arrested Reactive Milling (ARM), a method based on mechanical milling of μm-sized component powders to form μm-sized composite particles in which the components are mixed on a scale of 100 nm or finer. The temperature at which the milling is performed affects significantly both the rate at which the material is refined and the final properties of the product. In the present paper we report on an effort prepare Al-CuO and Al-MoO3 reactive nanocomposites at cryogenic temperatures. A SPEX Certiprep 6815 Freezer/Mill was used to prepare the nanocomposites with aluminum-rich compositions from μm-sized component powders. The material was processed in steel vials using steel balls of different sizes as milling medium. The number and dimensions of the milling balls as well as the milling time were systematically varied. The prepared powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction, particle size analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. Thermal characteristics were studied using a custom wire-ignition setup and differential scanning calorimetry. Preliminary results show that the uniformity of mixing and reactivity of the nanocomposite powders can be substantially improved using milling at cryogenic temperatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIChE100 - 2008 AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 AIChE Annual Meeting, AIChE 100 - Philadelphia, PA, United States
Duration: Nov 16 2008Nov 21 2008

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Other2008 AIChE Annual Meeting, AIChE 100
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry


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