Petrantoni, Marine and Rossi, Carole and Salvagnac, Ludovic and Conédéra, Véronique and Estève, Alain and Tenailleau, Christophe and Alphonse, Pierre and Chabal, Yves J. Multilayered Al/CuO thermite formation by reactive magnetron sputtering: Nano versus micro. (2010) Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 108 (n° 8). ISSN 0021-8979
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3498821
Multilayered Al/CuO thermite was deposited by a dc reactive magnetron sputtering method. Pure Al and Cu targets were used in argon–oxygen gas mixture plasma and with an oxygen partial pressure of 0.13 Pa. The process was designed to produce low stress (<50 MPa) multilayered nanoenergetic material, each layer being in the range of tens nanometer to one micron. The reaction temperature and heat of reaction were measured using differential scanning calorimetry and thermal analysis to compare nanostructured layered materials to microstructured materials. For the nanostructured multilayers, all the energy is released before the Al melting point. In the case of the microstructured samples at least 2/3 of the energy is released at higher temperatures, between 1036 and 1356 K.
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