CHARACTERISTICS OF CONDUCTIVE EXPLOSIVE MIXTURE CONTAINING MODERATE AMOUNTS OF ALUMINUM
PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ FELTMAN RESEARCH LABS
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An examination of some of the parameters which affect the electrical initiation of a conductive explosive mixture was made. The conductive mixture was RDXaluminum 8020. Some parameters were arbitrarily held constant, since the effort was concentrated on parameters which were considered most critical in the initiation. The effects of energy, voltage, and power were studied. The tests show that, for a given condition, power is an important factor. Also that, for a given energy, there is a critical voltage and capacitance for effective energy transfer. Secondly, the results show that the diameter and column length of the conducting layer are related to the probability of fire for a given applied energy and loading pressure, and that a mathematical expression of this relationship, when plotted, gives a normal sensitivity curve. Finally, 0.50 joule was found sufficient to initiate a conductive RDXaluminum 8020 mixture.
- Ammunition and Explosives