Accession Number : ADD000653

Title :   Dual-End Warhead Initiation System.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Menz,Frederic L

Report Date : 20 Dec 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : The patent application concerns a detonation initiator for use in explosive warheads to cause dual-end initiation of the explosive within the warhead. An initiation transfer tube positioned interiorly and centrally within the warhead explosive contains a primary ignitor attached to a plurality of explosive trains leading to secondary ignitors. Booster plates positioned at either end of the explosive charge and adjacent the secondary ignitors detonate the explosive at either end causing the detonating front to travel toward the center of the explosive causing a great force to extend radially outward centrally from either end of the explosive. An initiation transfer tube positioned concentric with the explosive provides for an explosive output initiating from a single point at the center of the warhead to its ends without destroying or damaging the warhead.

Descriptors :   *Explosives initiators, *Warheads, Patents, Igniters, Explosive trains, Boosters(Explosives), Detonation waves, Wavefronts, Wave propagation, Rockets, Guided missile warheads

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Warheads and Fuzes
      Ammunition and Explosives
      Rockets

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE