Using schlieren visualization to track detonator performance

S. A. Clarke, C. A. Bolme, M. J. Murphy, C. D. Landon, T. A. Mason, Ronald Adrian, A. A. Akinci, M. E. Martinez, K. A. Thomas

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Abstract

Several experiments will be presented that are part of a phased plan to understand the evolution of detonation in a detonator from initiation shock through run to detonation, to full detonation, to transition, to booster and booster detonation. High-speed multiframe schlieren imagery has been used to study several explosive initiation events, such as exploding bridgewires (EBWs), exploding foil initiators (EFIs or "slappers"), direct optical initiation (DOI), and electrostatic discharge. Additionally, a series of tests has been performed on "cut-back" detonators with varying initial pressing heights. We have also used this diagnostic to visualize a range of EBW, EFI, and DOI full-up detonators. Future applications to other explosive events, such as boosters and insensitive high explosives booster evaluation, will be discussed. The EPIC finite element code has been used to analyze the shock fronts from the schlieren images to solve iteratively for consistent boundary or initial conditions to determine the temporal-spatial pressure profile across the output face of the detonator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShock Compression of Condensed Matter - 2007
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, 2007 APS SCCM
Pages1089-1092
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event15th Biennial International Conference of the APS Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2007 - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2007Jun 29 2007

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume955
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other15th Biennial International Conference of the APS Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2007
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI
Period6/24/076/29/07

Keywords

  • Detonator
  • Finite element simulation
  • High speed videography
  • Schlieren

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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