Insensitive High Explosives Evaluation Techniques,
AIR FORCE AVIONICS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The Air Force Armament Laboratory AFATL is developing an insensitive high explosive IHE for use in general purpose bombs. IHE will improve operational readiness by increasing munitions storage density at no additional risk. IHE candidates are tested for thermal stability, shock sensitivity and initiability prior to full scale testing. Subsequent full scale evaluation includes the following series of tests Sympathetic detonation test Fast cook off Bonfire test Slow cook off test Sled impact test Bullet impact test Fuel fire test and Arena performance testing. The Air Force used state-of-the-art instrumentation techniques to accomplish these tests. This paper describes these techniques and test procedures leading to the IHE qualification of explosives.
- Ammunition and Explosives