Response of Lead Azide to Spark Discharges Via a New Parallel-Plate Electrostatic Sensitivity Apparatus
PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ
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The report describes a fixed-gap, spark discharge apparatus having parallel-plate electrodes, and instrumentation for measuring time-dependent spark characteristics. The response of lead azide RD 1333 to gaseous spark discharge as a function of the electrode geometry and of the properties of the discharge circuit was studied. A method for measuring the energy in the spark gap is described. A computer program was developed for reducing the data from the observed current and voltage waveforms to current, voltage, power and energy in the gap and for plotting these values as a function of time.
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