Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Peter Hsu

Reasearch Staff - Energetic Materials Science Group
Materials Science Division


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DegreeDiscipline/InstitutionYear
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
Michigan State University
1988

Research Interest

High explosives R&D, waste treatment technology development, demilitarization, process design and engineering

  • Molten salt oxidation (MSO) earned the Laboratory the "Research Project of the Year" award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in May 1998
  • CSD award, 2009; CMLS award, August 2007; CMS award, September 2006

Patents (6)

  • "Synthesis and Purification of 1,3,5-Triamino-2,4,6- Trinitrobenzene (TATB)", U.S. Patent 7,057,072 (2006)
  • "Synthesis of Trinitrophloroglucinol and Triaminotrinitrobenzene", U.S. Patent 7,057073 (2006)
  • "Actinide Removal From Spent Salts", U.S. Patent 6471922 (2002)
  • "Metals Removal From Spent Salts", U.S. Patent 6,436,358 B1 (2002)
  • "Integrated System for The Destruction of Organics By Hydrolysis and Oxidation With Peroxydisulfate", U.S. Patent 6,096,283 (2000)
  • "Method for Plating Palladium", U.S. Patent 5,149,420 (1992)

Recent Publications (Last ten years)

"Small-Scale Thermal Studies of Volatile Homemade Explosives", PEP, accepted for publication, 2015

Thermal Safety Characterization and Explosion Violence of Energetic Materials, APS Shock Compression on Condensed Matters, June 2015, Tampa, FL

Material Property Characterization of Thermally Damaged HMX-based Formulations (paper ID 184), 15th International Detonation Symposium, San Francisco, July 2014

Study of Thermal Sensitivity and Thermal Explosion Violence of Energetic Materials in the ODTX System (paper ID 185), 15th International Detonation Symposium, San Francisco, July 2014

15th International Detonation Symposium, San Francisco, July 2014

Statistical Analysis of an Inter-laboratory Comparison of Small-Scale Safety and Thermal Testing of RDX, Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics, accepted for publication, 2014

ABL and BAM Friction Analysis Comparison, Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics, accepted for publication, 2014

Variation of Methods in Small-Scale Safety and Thermal Testing of Improvised Explosives, Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics, accepted for publication, 2014

Study of thermal sensitivity and thermal explosion violence of energetic materials in the LLNL ODTX system (paper D4 6), APS Shock Compression on Condensed Matters, July 2013, Seattle, WA

DHS Proficiency Testing on Small-Scale Safety and Thermal Testing of Improvised Explosives (Paper C4 4), APS Shock Compression on Condensed Matters, July 2013, Seattle, WA

Study of Thermal Explosion Violence of Energetic Materials in the LLNL ODTX System, The APS Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, APS Shock Compression Conference, Chicago, IL, June 26-July 2011

The ODTX System for Thermal Ignition and Thermal Safety Study of Energetic Materials, paper 32053, 14th International Detonation Symposium, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, April 16, 2010

Measurement of Material Properties of Damaged Energetic Materials, paper 90816, 14th International Detonation Symposium, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, April 16, 2010

Thermal Damage Characterization of Energetic Materials, The APS Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, APS Shock Compression Conference, Nashville, TN June 29- July 3, 2009

Thermal Damage Characterization of Energetic Materials, The APS Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, APS Shock Compression Conference, Nashville, TN June 29- July 3, 2009

Overview of Demilitarization Technologies at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory , presented at the 2009 Global Demilitarization Symposium & Exhibition, San Diego, Ca, May 11-15, 2009

Characterization of Thermally-Damaged LX-17, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, Vol. 93, I, 311-317, 2008

PBXN-9 Ignition Kinetics and Deflagration Rates, JANNAF Meeting, May 2008

Detonation Measurements on Damaged LX-04, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics 32, No. 6, 2007

Characterization of Damaged Materials, 13rd International Detonation Symposium, Norfolk, VA, July 2006

Thermal Damage on LX-04 Mock Material and Gas Permeability Assessment, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics 31, No.1 2006

Integrated Experimental and Modeling Studies to Predict the Impact Response of Explosives and Propellants, JANNAF Meeting, 2005


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