Accession Number:

AD0609449

Title:

INITIATION OF EXPLOSIVES BY EXPLODING WIRES. 4. EFFECT OF WIRE MATERIAL ON THE INITIATION OF PETN BY EXPLODING WIRES

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1964-10-26

Pagination or Media Count:

53.0

Abstract:

Aluminum, gold, platinum, and tungsten wires were investigated to determine the effect of the wire material on the initiation of PETN by exploding wires. The wires were exploded by a one microfarad capacitor charged to 2000 volts. The results indicate that favorable wire materials are those into which energy is deposited at a rapid rate. They also have low boiling points and low heats of vaporization. Heat of oxidation of the wire material plays only a minor role. Different wire materials have different optimum lengths for effecting detonation.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE