Accession Number : ADD006745

Title :   Module to Prevent Sympathetic Detonations in Munitions.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,


Personal Author(s) : Portzel,Francis B

Report Date : 21 Aug 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : The sympathetic or chain reaction detonation of stacked munitions is prevented by confining any random explosion essentially to a single explosive unit or container. Frangible inhibitor plates are located between adjacent munitions, such as artillery shells, so as to isolate the adjacent explosive units from a residual shock wave or case fragment that would otherwise trigger sympathetic detonation. The inhibitor plates may be constructed as part of a container in which an artillery shell may be stored, or the plates may be separately inserted between any adjacent warhead in any conventional storage pallet or transporting configuration. The plates are designed to absorb only that amount of explosive energy required to prevent sympathetic detonation, without requiring that the explosive forces be re-directed away from adjacent shells, thus reducing the problem of redirected blast. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Sympathetic detonations, Artillery ammunition, Blast waves, Inhibitors, Shock waves, Munitions industry, Plates

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE