Effects of Combustibles on Internal Quasi-Static Loads
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TX
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The phenomenon of quasi-static pressure enhancement produced when combustible materials are placed near HE sources has been recently discovered. The effects of placing solid and liquid combustible materials near detonating explosives on internal blast loading was measured during tests conducted in a one-eighth scale model of a containment structure. In many cases, dramatic increases in gas pressures resulted. Principal conclusions of this study are Combustible materials near explosives can markedly increase gas pressures in enclosed structures There is a lack of data on HE-combustible combinations Quasi-static loading calculations should include estimates of contributions from the burning of combustible materials whenever such materials are expected to be in intimate contact with HE sources and Effects of combustibles should be investigated further to determine methods for prediction. Variations in charge to combustible mass, charge type, structure volume, degree of venting and degree of contact between HE and combustible should be studied.