THE DRES LARGE-SCALE FUEL-AIR EXPLOSIVES TESTING FACILITY

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Authors
  1. Funk, J.
  2. Murray, S.B.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Abstract
The large-scale fuel-air explosives (FAE) testing facility, designed and built on the experimental range of the Defence Research Establishment Suffield (DRES) in 1981, is described in some detail. Design considerations to maximize versatility, survivability of permanent operational systems, safety and diagnostic capabilities, and to minimize turnaround time for each experiment, are discussed. Details about the concrete test bed and important operational systems of the facility, including the gas delivery, mixing and analysis systems and the initiation system, are presented. Diagnostic capabilities to monitor the outcome of each test are described, as are operational procedures for carrying out an experiment. To date experiments involving up to 110 cubic meters of detonable mixture have been conducted. Improvements to the facility, evolving from these tests, are summarized.
Report Number
M-1051 —
Date of publication
15 Jan 1983
Number of Pages
24
DSTKIM No
83-00733
CANDIS No
38780
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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