AN AQUARIUM TEST AS AN EXPLOSIVE PERFORMANCE MEASURE

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Authors
  1. McIntosh, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
An aquarium test was implemented to measure the performance of explosive formulations. The test consists of detonating a bare cylinder of explosive in a water bath and recording the radial positions (perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder) of the shock wave in the water and water-explosive interface as a function of time at a given distance along the cylinder. At later times (several microseconds after the detonation front has passed), the shock radii generated by three different explosives, Composition B, CX-84A and CHM, are compared. A larger radius is interpreted as resulting from a more powerful explosive. The conclusion is that Composition B is more powerful than CX-84A which in turn is more powerful than CHM. Computer simulations using the computer programs WONDY and DYNA2D were also performed to support this conclusion.
Keywords
Composition B;CX-84A;CHM;Aquarium tests;Plastic bonded explosives (PBX)
Report Number
DREV-TM-9426 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 1994
Number of Pages
32
DSTKIM No
95-03106
CANDIS No
149059
Format(s):
Document Image stored on Optical Disk;Hardcopy

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