CHARACTERIZATION OF SQUIB MK 1 MOD 0. CAPACITOR DISCHARGE SENSITIVITY INSTRUMENTATION
NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD
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Instruments and techniques have been developed to determine the statistical distribution function for the sensitivity of electro-explosive devices such as the Squib Mk 1 when fired by the capacitor discharge method. The design of the system has been oriented toward minimum distributed resistance and capacity without excessive distributed inductance. The control of input energy is better than or - 0.5. The upper and lower limits of energy transfer have been determined for various input energies and are presented in equation and in tabular form. Monitoring, by cathode ray oscillography and with an ergmeter, permitted the measurement of the firing system efficiency and the detection of switching anomalies, which, in turn permitted the correction and censoring of data.
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