Accession Number : ADD005016

Title :   Fuze for Explosive Magnetohydrodynamic Generator.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Webb,George ; Burgess,Keith D

Report Date : 25 Apr 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : This patent describes an apparatus by which high explosive charges are propelled into and detonated at the center of an MHD-X generator. The high explosive charge units are engaged and propelled by a reciprocating ram device. Detonating in each instance is achieved by striking with a firing pin a detonator charge that is in register with a booster charge, the booster charge being in detonating communication with the high explosive charge. Various safety requirements are satisfied by a spring loaded slider operating in a channel transverse and adjacent to the booster charge. The slide retains the detonator charge out of register with the booster charge until a safety pin that holds the slider in place is pulled by a lanyard attached between the reciprocating ram and the safety pin. Removal of the safety pin permits the detonator charge to slide into alignment with the booster charge. Firing pin actuation is initiated by the slider at the instant the detonator charge and the booster charge come into register. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Explosives initiators, Magnetohydrodynamic generators, Firing pins, Arming devices, Fuze functioning elements

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE