Energetic Material Ignition

Energetic materials such as fireworks or materials used for welding or cutting metal require ignition triggers that need to produce a lot of heat quickly.  Such materials require careful handling so they aren't set off unexpectedly by environmental factors such as static electricity.  This LDRD project resulted in an additive that can make both energetic materials and ignition triggers less prone to accidental ignition due to static electricy, yet still be effective for its intended purpose.  The project has resulted in two patent applications and collaboration with Texas Tech University that helped enhance safety procedures (project 12-066)