Steven Son

Professor of Mechanical Engineering


B.S. Brigham Young, '89
M.S. Brigham Young, '89
Ph.D. University of Illinois, '93


Office Fax: +1 765 494 0539


  • Multiphase combustion, particularly related to propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnics
  • Nanoscale composite energetic materials
  • Advanced energetic materials
  • Microscale combustion


B. C. Tappan, Ali, A. N., Son, S. F. and T. B. Brill, "Decomposition and
ignition of the high-nitrogen compound triaminoguanidinium
azotetrazolate (TAGzT)," Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics v.31,
no.3, p.163-168, 2006.

B. C. Tappan, M. H. Huynh, M. A. Hiskey, D. E. Chavez, and S. F.
Son, "Ultralow-density nanostructured metal foams: Combustion
synthesis, morphology, and composition," Journal of the American
Chemical Society
, v.128, no.20, p.6589-6594, 2006.

D. G. Tasker, B. W Asay , J. C. King, V. E. Sanders, and S. F. Son
"Dynamic Measurements of Electrical Conductivity in Metastable
Intermolecular Composites," Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 99, no.
2, p.23705-1-7, 2006.

H. L. Berghout, S. F. Son, L. G. Hill, and B. W. Asay, "Flame spread
through cracks of PBX 9501 (a composite octahydro-1,3,5,7-tetranitro-
1,3,5,7-tetrazocine-based explosive)," Journal of Applied Physics,
vol.99, no.11, p.114901-1-7, 2006.

B. W. Asay, S. F. Son, P. M. Dickson, L. B. Smilowitz, and B. F.
Henson, "An investigation of the dynamic response of thermocouples
in inert and reacting condensed phase energetic materials,"
Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics, 30(3), pp. 199-208 (2005).

A. N. Ali, M. M. Sandstrom, D. M. Oschwald, K. M. Moore, and S. F.
Son, "Laser Ignition of DAAF, DHT, and DAATO3.5," Propellants,
Explosives, and Pyrotechnics
30, No. 5, pp. 351-355 (2005).

D. E. Chavez, B. C. Tappan, M. A. Hiskey, S. F. Son, H. Harry, D.
Montoya, S. Hagelberg, "New high-nitrogen materials based on
nitroguanyl-tetrazines: Explosive properties, thermal decomposition
and combustion studies," Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics,
30(6), pp. 412-417 (2005).

B. Bockmon, M. L. Pantoya, S. F. Son, and B. W. Asay, "Burning
Rates and Propagation Mechanisms of Metastable Intermolecular
Composites," Journal of Applied Physics, 98(6), pp. 1-7 (2005).

A. N. Ali, S. F. Son, B. W. Asay, and R. K. Sander, "Importance of the
gas phase role to the prediction of energetic material behavior: An
experimental study," Journal of Applied Physics, 97(6), pp. 1-7

Conference Proceedings, Presentations, Invited Lectures

B. C. Tappan, M. H. Huynh, M. A. Hiskey, D. E. Chavez, E. Luther, D. L. Naud, J. T. Mang, and S. F. Son, "Energetic decomposition of high-nitrogen metal complexes and the formation of low-density nanostructured metal monoliths," Material Research Society Fall Meeting, Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, v.896, p.15-24, 2006.

M. H. Wu, M. P. Burke, S. F. Son, R. A. Yetter, "Flame Acceleration and the Transition to Detonation of Stoichiometric Ethylene/Oxygen in Microscale Tubes," Presented at the 31st International Symposium on Combustion , 2006.