A LARGE CONTAINMENT CAPSULE FOR NUCLEAR REACTOR IRRADIATION OF EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS
PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ FELTMAN RESEARCH LABS
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The design and development of a large explosive containment capsule for the irradiation of up to 80 grams of explosive materials is described. The capsule will fully protect its surroundings, e.g., the core of a nuclear reactor, if its explosive content detonates. The minimum safety factor of two was used. The capsule contains provisions for the containment of gases produced by detonation or burning of the explosive material and the minimizing of any shock wave propagated outside the capsule. Also, provisions are made to monitor pressure or gas evolution and the temperature of the test material during irradiation. Dynamic pressure pulse and stress-strain measurement tests were conducted and are described. Analytical calculations were made for comparison with experimental data, first to determine the validity of the calculations and then to obtain information on configurations not actually tested.
- Containers and Packaging
- Radioactivity, Radioactive Wastes and Fission Products
- Ammunition and Explosives