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NAVAL WEAPONS CENTER CHINA LAKE CA
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This report is an introductory summary of the main phenomena of the detonation and fragmentation of explosive warheads and of the phenomena of high- velocity impact. It covers the techniques for measuring and predicting the extremely rapid and intense exchanges of energy and momentum that occur in the interaction of a warhead with a target. Beginning with the ballistics of gun- launched projectiles, the report develops a parallel description of warhead phenomena. In this process parts of several specialized fields of physical science are used impact mechanics, the deflagration and detonation of explosives, and the behavior of materials under extremely high loads and high rates of loading.
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