Accession Number : ADD008162

Title :   Electrical Augmentation of Detonation Wave.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Pastine,Donald John

Report Date : 17 Jul 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : This document discloses a method and apparatus for electrical augmentation of steady state detonation waves in solid or fluid explosives. Two electrical conductors are disposed along opposed margins of explosive material and coupled across a source of electrical energy. When the explosive material is detonated and as the detonation wave propagates along the explosive material, electrical energy is furnished across the conductors and into the detonation wave which is more conductive than either the undetonated explosive or detonation product gases. The electrical energy coupled into the detonation wave adds energy over and above that which is normally delivered chemically and thus causes the detonation pressure and velocity to increase and therefore increases the ability of the explosive material to accelerate objects and do work. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Liquid explosives, *Detonation waves, *Gases, *Electrical conductivity, Inventions, Energetic properties, Pressure, Steady state, Coupling circuits, Pulses, Electric generators

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Ammunition and Explosives
      Electricity and Magnetism

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE