Accession Number : ADP005302

Title :   Insensitive High Explosives Evaluation Techniques,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE AVIONICS LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Corley,John D.

Report Date : AUG 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : 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.

Descriptors :   *HIGH EXPLOSIVES, *TEST METHODS, GENERAL PURPOSE BOMBS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, STORAGE, PACKING DENSITY, TEST AND EVALUATION, THERMAL STABILITY, COOK OFF, IMPACT TESTS, FUELS, FIRES, TEST EQUIPMENT, SYMPOSIA

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE