Sample records for wave-oblique detonation wave

  1. Scattering and polarization conversion of electromagnetic waves obliquely incident on a magnetized plasma layer (United States)

    Cho, Suwon


    This paper addresses the scattering of electromagnetic waves obliquely incident on a magnetized plasma layer. It is shown that the polarizations of the waves can be converted when they are obliquely incident on a magnetized plasma layer. The scattering coefficients of the incident and converted waves are computed based on the analytic solutions of a uniform magnetized plasma slab. The total transmittance and reflectance are similar to those of the normal incidence, but the individual scattering coefficients of the incident and converted waves vary, depending on the dispersion characteristics of the ordinary and extraordinary modes in the plasma. The contributions of the converted wave increase with the wave number parallel to the magnetic field but decrease as the frequency increases above the upper hybrid resonance, regardless of the parallel wave number.

  2. Detonation Wave Profile

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    Menikoff, Ralph [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    The Zel’dovich-von Neumann-Doering (ZND) profile of a detonation wave is derived. Two basic assumptions are required: i. An equation of state (EOS) for a partly burned explosive; P(V, e, λ). ii. A burn rate for the reaction progress variable; d/dt λ = R(V, e, λ). For a steady planar detonation wave the reactive flow PDEs can be reduced to ODEs. The detonation wave profile can be determined from an ODE plus algebraic equations for points on the partly burned detonation loci with a specified wave speed. Furthermore, for the CJ detonation speed the end of the reaction zone is sonic. A solution to the reactive flow equations can be constructed with a rarefaction wave following the detonation wave profile. This corresponds to an underdriven detonation wave, and the rarefaction is know as a Taylor wave.

  3. Theory of Detonation Waves (United States)


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  4. Standing detonation wave engine

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    Kasimov, Aslan


    A detonation engine can detonate a mixture of fuel and oxidizer within a cylindrical detonation region to produce work. The detonation engine can have a first and a second inlet having ends fluidly connected from tanks to the detonation engine. The first and second inlets can be aligned along a common axis. The inlets can be connected to nozzles and a separator can be positioned between the nozzles and along the common axis.

  5. Angular control of acoustic waves oblique incidence by phononic crystals based on Dirac cones at the Brillouin zone boundary (United States)

    Zhang, Wen-Qiang; Zhang, Xin; Wu, Fu-Gen; Yao, Yuan-Wei; Lu, Shui-Fang; Dong, Hua-Feng; Mu, Zhong-Fei; Li, Jing-bo


    This study investigated the angular control of incident acoustic waves for total transmission and reversed reflection using phononic crystals (PnCs). The Dirac point appears at the Brillouin zone boundary. The position of the Dirac point regularly changes with the length-width ratio of rubber rods, which makes the transmission angle adjustable. These structures could be applied to an acoustical 0 or π phase modulator by adjusting the number of layers of PnCs (even or odd). The angular control in the reflection domain can be achieved by adding a meta-surface at the boundary of the PnC.

  6. The structure of detonation waves in supernovae (United States)

    Khokhlov, A. M.


    The theory of gaseous detonation is applied to thermonuclear detonation waves in supernovae. First, the two-temperature structure of strong shock waves in a dense degenerate plasma is considered. The ion-electron energy transfer rate is calculated for a plasma with arbitrary degeneracy of electrons. It is shown that the non-equilibrium heating of ions is unimportant for detonation. The steady planar one-dimensional structure of detonation waves both in C + O mixtures and in pure helium He-4 is computed for densities from 10 to the 6th to 3 x 10 to the 9th g/cu cm. The thickness of the detonation waves is obtained as a function of the initial density of the matter.

  7. Study of detonation wave contours in EFP warhead

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    Xu-dong Zu


    The results show that the planar detonation wave do better than the conical detonation and the spherical detonation wave in increasing the length–diameter ratio of explosively-formed projectiles (EFP and keep the nose of EFP integrated. The detonation wave can increase the length–diameter ratio of EFP when the wave shaper has the suitable thickness.

  8. Experimental investigation of cylindrical detonation wave (United States)

    Dudin, S. V.; Sosikov, V. A.; Torunov, S. I.


    One of the methods of experimental investigation of cylindrical detonation wave formed by the multipoint initiation method is presented in this work. The experimental setup was specially developed for this purpose. Two types of “Nanogate” high-speed cameras were used in the experiments. The phenomenological descriptions of initiation process, dynamic of formation of detonation wave and gas dynamic flow of detonation products are presented. This method in combination with the other modern methods will allow carrying out more profound investigations of such problems.

  9. Effect of Resolution on Propagating Detonation Wave

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    Menikoff, Ralph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    Simulations of the cylinder test are used to illustrate the effect of mesh resolution on a propagating detonation wave. For this study we use the xRage code with the SURF burn model for PBX 9501. The adaptive mesh capability of xRage is used to vary the resolution of the reaction zone. We focus on two key properties: the detonation speed and the cylinder wall velocity. The latter is related to the release isentrope behind the detonation wave. As the reaction zone is refined (2 to 15 cells for cell size of 62 to 8μm), both the detonation speed and final wall velocity change by a small amount; less than 1 per cent. The detonation speed decreases with coarser resolution. Even when the reaction zone is grossly under-resolved (cell size twice the reaction-zone width of the burn model) the wall velocity is within a per cent and the detonation speed is low by only 2 per cent.

  10. Initiation of Orderly Spinning Detonation Waves via Phased Sparking (United States)

    Boening, Jacob A.

    A Continuous Rotating Detonation Engine (CRDE) was tested with two unique features. First, the conventional pre-detonator was replaced by a novel detonation wave generator. This generator sequentially fired spark plugs at a speed near the acoustic speed of a reactant gas mixture thereby producing free radicals ready to partake in detonation. The generator produced high speed detonation waves traveling with homogenous direction in gaseous mixtures of H2 and O2. Detonation waves continued to spin in a self-sustained fashion after turning off the wave generator. The number of simultaneous sparks did not influence the number of detonation waves observed. Instead the number of observed detonation waves was a strong function of the mass flow rate of reactants. Second, the fuel and oxidizer were injected radially. To avoid the thrust-area loss of conventional axial injection, all injection holes were oriented along the annulus radially, thereby allowing the high pressure to work over the entire front end area. Furthermore, radial injection modulated the mixing of fuel and oxidizer to adjust the axial location of detonation zones avoiding damage to the wave generator.

  11. Investigation on the propagation process of rotating detonation wave (United States)

    Deng, Li; Ma, Hu; Xu, Can; Zhou, Changsheng; Liu, Xiao


    Effects of mass flow rate and equivalence ratio on the wave speed performance and instantaneous pressure characteristics of rotating detonation wave are investigated using hydrogen and air mixtures. The interaction between air and fuel manifolds and combustion chamber is also identified. The results show that the rotating detonation waves are able to adapt themselves to the changes of equivalence ratio during the run, the rotating detonation waves decayed gradually and then quenched after the shutdown of reactants supply. The wave speed performance is closely related to the mass flow rate and the pressure ratio of the fuel to air manifolds at different equivalence ratios. The blockage ratio of the air manifold increases with the increasing of the wave speed due to high-pressure detonation products, while increasing of the equivalence ratios will reduce the blockage ratio of the hydrogen manifold. Higher equivalence ratio can enhance the stabilization of the rotating detonation wave and lower equivalence ratio will lead to the large fluctuations of the lap time and instantaneous pressure magnitude. The overpressure of rotating detonation wave is determined by the combination of mass flow rate and equivalence ratio, which increases with the increasing of mass flow rate in the equivalence ratio ranges that the rotating detonation wave propagates stably. The secondary spike in the instantaneous pressure and ionization signals indicates that a shocked mixing zone exists near the fuel injection holes and the reflection of shock in the mixing zone induces the reaction.

  12. Detonation wave phenomena in bubbled liquid (United States)

    Gülhan, A.; Beylich, A. E.


    Shock wave propagation was investigated in two phase media consisting of diluted glycerin (85%) and reactive gas bubbles. To understand these complex phenomena, we first performed a numerical analysis and experimental studies of single bubbles containing a reactive gas-mixture. For the two-phase mixtures, a needle matrix bubble-generator enabled us to produce a homogeneous bubble distribution with a size dispersion less than 5%. The void fraction β0 was varied over one order of magnitude, β0=0.2-2%. It was found that there exists a critical value of shock strength above which bubble explosion starts. Once a bubble explodes, it stimulates the adjacent bubbles to explode due to emission of a blast wave; this process is followed by a series of similar events. A steady detonationlike wave propagates as a precurser with a constant velocity which is much higher than that of the first wave. To study the structure of the detonation wave the measured pressured profiles were averaged by superimposing 50 shots.

  13. Mathematical modeling of converging detonation waves at multipoint initiation (United States)

    Shutov, A. V.; Sultanov, V. G.; Dudin, S. V.


    The methods of mathematical modeling based on the latest experimental data are proposed to conduct a study of the cylindrical detonation process and gas dynamics of the explosion products. The numerical simulation of converging cylindrical detonation waves at multipoint initiation for the recent experiments in IPCP RAS was conducted. The results of the numerical simulation and the experiment are compared.

  14. Diagnostic Imaging of Detonation Waves for Waveshaper Development (United States)


    it is difficult to determine the depth of the detonation wave (due to the translucency of the sensitised nitromethane) and when it reaches the bottom...Charges For Use against Concrete Targerts, DSTO Client Report, DSTO-CR-2005-0164, 2005. [2] M. J. Murphy, R. M. Kuklo, T. A. Rambur, L. L. Switzer & M...Resnyansky, S. A. Weckert & T. Delaney, Shaping of Detonation Waves in Shaped Charges for Use against Concrete Targets: Part II, in preparation

  15. Instability of detonation waves in FEFO-methanol mixtures (United States)

    Utkin, A. V.; Mochalova, V. M.; Torunov, S. I.; Koldunov, S. A.


    The stability of one-dimensional flow, which occurs at the absence of influence of the boundaries, and instability at the edge of the charge has been investigated in liquid high explosive bis-(2-fluoro-2.2-dinitro-ethyl)-formal (FEFO) and in the mixtures of FEFO with methanol. The structure of the detonation wave was recorded by a VISAR interferometer and by high-speed streak camera. For FEFO it was found strong velocity oscillations in chemical reaction zone but the boundary at the edge of the charge was smooth. When the methanol concentration changes in the interval 10-20%, the stabilization of detonation front is observed and failure reaction waves are occurred at the edge of the charge. Further increase of the concentration of the inert diluent results in the instability of the detonation front at existing of the reaction failure waves. Obtained results show, therefore, that the failure reaction waves and stability of one-dimensional detonation front appear, in general, independently.

  16. Initiation structure of oblique detonation waves behind conical shocks (United States)

    Yang, Pengfei; Ng, Hoi Dick; Teng, Honghui; Jiang, Zonglin


    The understanding of oblique detonation dynamics has both inherent basic research value for high-speed compressible reacting flow and propulsion application in hypersonic aerospace systems. In this study, the oblique detonation structures formed by semi-infinite cones are investigated numerically by solving the unsteady, two-dimensional axisymmetric Euler equations with a one-step irreversible Arrhenius reaction model. The present simulation results show that a novel wave structure, featured by two distinct points where there is close-coupling between the shock and combustion front, is depicted when either the cone angle or incident Mach number is reduced. This structure is analyzed by examining the variation of the reaction length scale and comparing the flow field with that of planar, wedge-induced oblique detonations. Further simulations are performed to study the effects of chemical length scale and activation energy, which are both found to influence the formation of this novel structure. The initiation mechanism behind the conical shock is discussed to investigate the interplay between the effect of the Taylor-Maccoll flow, front curvature, and energy releases from the chemical reaction in conical oblique detonations. The observed flow fields are interpreted by means of the energetic limit as in the critical regime for initiation of detonation.

  17. Micro-blast waves using detonation transmission tubing (United States)

    Samuelraj, I. Obed; Jagadeesh, G.; Kontis, K.


    Micro-blast waves emerging from the open end of a detonation transmission tube were experimentally visualized in this study. A commercially available detonation transmission tube was used (Nonel tube, M/s Dyno Nobel, Sweden), which is a small diameter tube coated with a thin layer of explosive mixture (HMX + traces of Al) on its inner side. The typical explosive loading for this tube is of the order of 18 mg/m of tube length. The blast wave was visualized using a high speed digital camera (frame rate 1 MHz) to acquire time-resolved schlieren images of the resulting flow field. The visualization studies were complemented by computational fluid dynamic simulations. An analysis of the schlieren images showed that although the blast wave appears to be spherical, it propagates faster along the tube axis than along a direction perpendicular to the tube axis. Additionally, CFD analysis revealed the presence of a barrel shock and Mach disc, showing structures that are typical of an underexpanded jet. A theory in use for centered large-scale explosions of intermediate strength (10 blast trajectory along the tube axis. The energy of these micro-blast waves was found to be 1.25 ± 0.94 J and the average TNT equivalent was found to be 0.3. The repeatability in generating these micro-blast waves using the Nonel tube was very good (± 2 %) and this opens up the possibility of using this device for studying some of the phenomena associated with muzzle blasts in the near future.

  18. Shock wave dynamics of novel aluminized detonations and empirical model for temperature evolution from post-detonation combustion fireballs (United States)

    Gordon, J. Motos

    Optical forensics of explosion events can play a vital role in investigating the chain of events leading up to the explosion by possibly identifying key spectral characteristics and even molecules in the post-detonation fireball that may serve as the fingerprint for a particular explosive type used. This research characterizes the blast wave and temperature evolution of an explosion fireball in order to improve the classification of aluminized conventional munitions based on a single explosive type such as RDX. High speed 4 kHz visible imagery is collected for 13 field detonations of aluminized novel munitions to study fireball and shock wave dynamics. The 238 mus temporal resolution visible imagery and the 12 ms temporal resolution FTS spectra are the data sets upon which shock wave dynamics and the time dependence of the fireball temperature are studied, respectively. The Sedov-Taylor point blast theory is fitted to data where a constant release (s = 1) of energy upon detonation suggests shock energies of 0.5--8.9 MJ corresponding to efficiencies of 2--15 percent of the RDX heats of detonation with blast dimensionalities indicative of the spherical geometry observed in visible imagery. A drag model fit to data shows initial shock wave speeds of Mach 4.7--8.2 and maximum fireball radii ranging from 4.3--5.8 m with most of the radii reached by 50 ms upon detonation. Initial shock speeds are four times lower than theoretical maximum detonation speed of RDX and likely contributes to the low efficiencies. An inverse correlation exists between blast wave energy and overall aluminum or liner content in the test articles. A two-color best fit Planckian is used to extract temperature profiles from collected Fourier-transform spectrometer spectra. The temperatures decay from initial values of 1290--1850 K to less than 1000 K within 1 s after detonation. A physics-based low-dimensionality empirical model is developed to represent the temperature evolution of post-detonation

  19. Unsteady self-sustained detonation waves in flake aluminum dust/air mixtures

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    Liu, Qingming; Zhang, Yunming; Li, Shuzhuan


    Self-sustained detonation waves in flake aluminum dust/air mixtures have been studied in a tube of diameter 199 mm and length 32.4 m. A pressure sensor array of 32 sensors mounted around certain circumferences of the tube was used to measure the shape of the detonation front in the circumferential direction and pressure histories of the detonation wave. A two-head spin detonation wave front was observed for the aluminum dust/air mixtures, and the cellular structure resulting from the spinning movement of the triple point was analyzed. The variations in velocity and overpressure of the detonation wave with propagation distance in a cell were studied. The interactions of waves in triple-point configurations were analyzed and the flow-field parameters were calculated. Three types of triple-point configuration exist in the wave front of the detonation wave of an aluminum dust/air mixture. Both strong and weak transverse waves exist in the unstable self-sustained detonation wave.

  20. The effect of curvature on detonation waves in Type Ia supernovae (United States)

    Sharpe, Gary J.


    The effect of curvature on detonation speed and structure for detonation waves in C-O is investigated. Weakly curved detonation fronts have a sonic point inside the reaction zone. In such waves the detonation speed depends on the detailed internal structure and not on simple jump conditions. Hence, in order to obtain the correct propagation speed and products of burning, the reaction length-scales must be resolved in any numerical simulation involving curved detonations in C-O. For each value of the initial density there is a corresponding extinction curvature above which quasi-steady detonations cannot propagate. For densities less than 2×107gcm-3, where the self-sustaining planar waves are Chapman-Jouguet, and for realistic values of the curvature, the sonic point moves from the end of silicon burning to the end of oxygen burning. Hence the effective detonation length, i.e. the length-scale of the burning between the shock and the sonic point which can affect the front, is several orders of magnitudes less than the planar waves predict. However, silicon burning, which occurs downstream of the sonic point, is increased in length by a few orders of magnitude owing to lower detonation speeds and temperatures. Therefore more intermediate-mass elements will be produced by incomplete burning if curvature is taken into account. Recent advances in detonation theory and modelling are also discussed in the context of Type Ia supernovae.

  1. Detonation wave parameters in a variable cross section channel in gas mixture of methane with oxygen and nitrogen


    G. Y. Bivol; V. S. Golovastov; A. Yu. Mikushkin


    Propagation of the detonation wave in gas mixtures of methane with oxygen in a channel of variable cross section was studied experimentally. To conduct these investigations a special detonation combustion chamber comprising sections of various diameters has been designed. In the section of detonation wave formation a combustible mixture was ignited. After that, a flame front accelerated till the formation of detonation. At the exit from the combustion chamber there was an outlet conical secti...

  2. Transition processes from deflagration to detonation waves. ; Effects of obstacles. Deflagration ha kara detonation ha eno sen'i katei. ; Shogaibutsu no eikyo

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    Oyagi, S.; Obara, T.; Yoshihashi, T. (Saitama University, Saitama (Japan). Faculty of Engineering); Yajima, S. (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))


    This paper describes transition processes from deflagration to detonation waves in stoichiometric oxyhydrogen mixtures diluted with nitrogen, which were observed using high-speed Schlieren photography as well as pressure and ionization current measurements. Especially, effects of obstacles on the transition processes were investigated. The obstacles used were multigutter shaped and were installed near an ignition plug on an inner wall of rectangular tube. Composition of the mixture was fixed, and width and depth of the gutter were selected as parameters. The turbulent condition behind the flame was changed by varying these parameters, and the optimum obstacle shape could be determined for the acceleration of flame. During the transition process to detonation wave, the turbulent flame came up with the shock wave, and the deflagration wave was changed to the detonation wave. In conclusion, it was revealed that there exist optimum values of the parameters for enhancing the transition to detonation wave. 4 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Study on planar blast waves initiated by gaseous detonations. I. Estimation of initiation energy

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    Ohyagi, S.; Yoshihashi, T.; Harigaya, Y.


    An experimental study has been made of the initiation of planar blast waves by gaseous detonations. A gaseous detonation initiated by a DDT process is submitted into a long tube filled with air at various initial pressures. The measurement of the decay process of a produced shock wave indicates that it can be treated as a plane source blast wave, although there exists a secondary shock wave, which may be a detonation wave reflected on an end wall of a driver tube, behind the blast wave front. As a result, the decay of a propagation Mach number and a peak overpressure of the wave front as a function of a distance from the initiation source and the initial pressure of the medium are described by the quasi-similar theory of the idealized plane source blast wave. Comparing the experimental results with the theory leads to the estimation of an initiation energy of the blast wave. The initiation energies of oxyhydrogen detonations for three different mixture strengths, three different initial pressures, and two different sizes of the driver tube are estimated to show that about 30-40 percent of the chemical energy contained initially in the driver tube is used to initiate the blast wave. 9 references.

  4. Critical diameter for the transmission of a detonation wave into a porous medium

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    Makris, A.; Oh, T.J.; Lee, J.H.S.; Knystautas, R. [McGill Univ., Montreal, Quebec (Canada)


    An experimental investigation has been undertaken to elucidate the existence of a critical diameter for the transmission of gaseous detonation into a porous medium. A Chapman-Jouguet (CJ) detonation is first established in a tube and allowed to transmit through an orifice plate into a porous medium comprised of inert spheres of equal diameter. It is found that detonation can successfully transmit past the orifice for diameters much smaller than the normal critical diameter (d{sub c}) of the mixture. An immediate transition from detonation to quasi-detonation normally takes place upon wave entry in the porous medium. Failure of detonation is observed to take place downstream of the orifice in the near-limit regime and is followed by deflagration to detonation transition (DDT) within the porous medium. Wave velocities in the porous medium are found to be identical to the corresponding values measured for direct transmission (without an orifice). For subcritical conditions, there is complete quenching of combustion in the pores. The critical composition (lean and rich) for mixtures with high activation energy is found to be practically the same as the propagation limits in the porous medium without an orifice. This indicates that the phenomenon is governed by the smallest physical dimension of the pore size, and thus a local failure mechanism exists. In mixtures highly diluted with argon, i.e., (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}-O{sub 2}) + 75% Ar, which have, a lower activation energy and for which the ``d{sub c} = 13{lambda}`` correlation (where {lambda} is the cell size) is known to break down, the critical composition appears to depend on the orifice diameter. The orifice now introduces a larger controlling length scale at the limits compared to the pore size, indicating that a global failure mechanism may prevail for such mixtures. Present findings are consistent with a local and global failure mechanism for normal detonation failure recently proposed by Lee.

  5. The effect of detonation wave incidence angle on the acceleration of flyers by explosives heavily laden with inert additives (United States)

    Loiseau, Jason; Georges, William; Frost, David L.; Higgins, Andrew J.


    The incidence angle of a detonation wave in a conventional high explosive influences the acceleration and terminal velocity of a metal flyer by increasing the magnitude of the material velocity imparted by the transmitted shock wave as the detonation is tilted towards normal loading. For non-ideal explosives heavily loaded with inert additives, the detonation velocity is typically subsonic relative to the flyer sound speed, leading to shockless accelerations when the detonation is grazing. Further, in a grazing detonation the particles are initially accelerated in the direction of the detonation and only gain velocity normal to the initial orientation of the flyer at later times due to aerodynamic drag as the detonation products expand. If the detonation wave in a non-ideal explosive instead strikes the flyer at normal incidence, a shock is transmitted into the flyer and the first interaction between the particle additives and the flyer occurs due to the imparted material velocity from the passage of the detonation wave. Consequently, the effect of incidence angle and additive properties may play a more prominent role in the flyer acceleration. In the present study we experimentally compared normal detonation loadings to grazing loadings using a 3-mm-thick aluminum slapper to impact-initiate a planar detonation wave in non-ideal explosive-particle admixtures, which subsequently accelerated a second 6.4-mm-thick flyer. Flyer acceleration was measured with heterodyne laser velocimetry (PDV). The explosive mixtures considered were packed beds of glass or steel particles of varying sizes saturated with sensitized nitromethane, and gelled nitromethane mixed with glass microballoons. Results showed that the primary parameter controlling changes in flyer velocity was the presence of a transmitted shock, with additive density and particle size playing only secondary roles. These results are similar to the grazing detonation experiments, however under normal loading the

  6. Numerical simulation of classical and rotating detonation waves in methane mixtures (United States)

    Trotsyuk, A. V.


    A numerical simulations of a two-dimensional multi-front irregular structure of the detonation wave (DW) in methane-based mixtures at normal initial condition have been conducted. The computations have been performed in a wide range of channel height. From the analysis of the flow structure and the number of primary transverse waves in channel, the dominant size of the detonation cell for studied mixtures has been determined. We have simulated the cellular front structure in stoichiometric methane–air and methane–oxygen mixtures, and in a rich (equivalence ratio φ = 1.5) methane-air mixture. Based on the fundamental studies of front structure of the classical propagating DW in methane mixtures, numerical simulation of continuous spin detonation of rich (ϕ = 1.2) methane-oxygen mixture has been carried out in the cylindrical detonation chamber (DC) of the rocket-type engine. We studied the global flow structure in DC, and the detailed structure of the front of the continuous rotating DW. Integral characteristics of the detonation process - the distribution of average values of static and total pressure along the length of the DC, and the value of specific impulse have been obtained. The geometric limit of stable existence of rotating DW has been determined.

  7. The propagation of detonation waves in non-ideal condensed-phase explosives confined by high sound-speed materials (United States)

    Schoch, Stefan; Nikiforakis, Nikolaos; Lee, Bok Jik


    Highly non-ideal condensed-phase explosives used by the mining industry have a strong detonation velocity dependence on the charge dimension. Detonation velocities can be as low as one third of the theoretically calculated ideal detonation velocity in charge radii close to the failure radius. Under these detonation conditions the flow in the confiner can become subsonic, a flow condition under which classical shock-polar analysis is not applicable. This restriction prohibits the use of popular engineering models like detonation shock dynamics and Wood-Kirkwood type models under these confinement conditions. In addition, it has been found in the literature that subsonic flow in the confiner will increase the influence of the confining material on the detonation performance. In this work, we use a multi-phase model coupled to an elastic-plastic model (for the representation of a confiner) to explore the interaction of detonations under these confiner conditions. An ammonium nitrate based mining emulsion is investigated in aluminium and steel confinement of finite and infinite thickness representing the confiner as either a fluid or an elastic-plastic material. It is found that the presence of elastic waves is negligible close to ideal detonation conditions, but is important close to the failure radius and in detonation conditions with subsonic flow in the confiner. High sound-speed confiners support the detonation through energy transport ahead of the detonation front if desensitisation effects are negligible. The detonation front profiles are found to remain convex even in the most non-ideal detonation conditions, and the detonation front curvature only becomes concave in a localised region close to the confiner edge.

  8. Studies on Shock Attenuation in Plastic Materials and Applications in Detonation Wave Shaping (United States)

    Khurana, Ritu; Gautam, P. C.; Rai, Rajwant; Kumar, Anil; Sharma, A. C.; Singh, Manjit, Dr


    Pressure in plastic materials attenuates due to change of impedance, phase change in the medium and plastic deformation. A lot of theoretical and experimental efforts have been devoted to the attenuation of shock wave produced by the impact of explosive driven flyer plate. However comparatively less work has been done on the attenuation of shock waves due to contact explosive detonation. Present studies deal with the attenuation of explosive driven shock waves in various plastic materials and its applications in design of Hybrid Detonation Wave Generator In present work shock attenuating properties of different polymers such as Perspex, Teflon, nylon, polypropylene and viton has been studied experimentally using rotating mirror streak camera and electrical position pins. High explosive RDX/TNT and OCTOL of diameter 75-100mm and thickness 20 to 50mm were detonated to induce shock wave in the test specimens. From experimental determined shock velocity at different locations the attenuation in shock pressure was calculated. The attenuation of shock velocity with thickness in the material indicates exponential decay according to relation US = UOexp(-ax). In few of the experiments manganin gauge of resistance 50 ohms was used to record stress time profile across shock wave. The shock attenuation data of Viton has successfully been used in the design of hybrid detonation wave generator using Octol as high explosive. While selecting a material it was ensured that the attenuated shock remains strong enough to initiate an acceptor explosive. Theoretical calculation were supported by Autodyne 2D hydro-code simulation which were validated with the experiments conducted using high speed streak photography and electrical shock arrival pins. Shock attenuation data of Perspex was used to establishing card gap test and wedge test in which test items is subjected to known pressure pulse by selecting the thickness of the plastic material.

  9. Detonation wave parameters in a variable cross section channel in gas mixture of methane with oxygen and nitrogen

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    G. Y. Bivol


    Full Text Available Propagation of the detonation wave in gas mixtures of methane with oxygen in a channel of variable cross section was studied experimentally. To conduct these investigations a special detonation combustion chamber comprising sections of various diameters has been designed. In the section of detonation wave formation a combustible mixture was ignited. After that, a flame front accelerated till the formation of detonation. At the exit from the combustion chamber there was an outlet conical section. In conducted experiments the toe-in angle was equal to 3 °. The combustion chamber was open-ended. So an initial pressure inside the combustion chamber prior to each experiment was equal to the atmospheric pressure. The initial temperature was ambient one of 300 K. As a diagnostics, piezoelectric sensors of pressure and photo diodes were used.Detonation initiation was accomplished by spark gap. For this pulse generator I-1 was used. Spark energy did not exceed 0.1 J and was much lower than the energy of the direct initiation of detonation.Deflagration-to-detonation transition was occurred. A composition of the mixtures was selected in such a way that the detonation cell width was several times smaller than the diameter of the channel. The mixture was composed by the partial pressures of methane, oxygen, and nitrogen and was kept in the 40 l tank within 24 hours under 5-8 atm. pressure. Возникновение де- тонации возникало вследствие перехода горения в детонацию.The aim of this study was to determine the parameters of a detonation wave in a channel of variable cross section in the methane-oxygen mixture. The influence of nitrogen impurities on the cell size and the speed and pressure of the detonation wave was investigated.The waves velocities and peak pressures at the front of the detonation wave were measured depending on composition, including the presence of nitrogen. The sizes of the

  10. Corner turning and shock desensitization experiments plus numerical modeling of detonation waves in the triaminotrinitrobenzene based explosive LX-17. (United States)

    Tarver, Craig M


    Five new experiments are reported that tested both detonation wave corner turning and shock desensitization properties of the triaminotrinitrobenzene (TATB) based plastic bonded explosive (PBX) LX-17. These experiments used small pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) charges to initiate hemispherical ultrafine TATB (UF TATB) boosters, which then initiated LX-17 hemispherical detonations. The UF TATB boosters were placed under steel shadow plates embedded in the LX-17 cylindrical charges, which were covered by thin aluminum plates. The LX-17 detonation waves propagated outward until they reached the aluminum plates, which were instrumented with photonic Doppler velocimetry probes to measure their axial free surface velocities. X-ray radiographs and framing camera images were taken at various times. The LX-17 detonations propagated around the two corners of the steel shadow plates and into thin LX-17 layers placed between the steel and the top aluminum plates. The detonation waves were met there by weak diverging shocks that propagated through the steel plates and imparted 1-2 GPa pressures to these unreacted LX-17 layers. These weak shock waves compressed and desensitized the unreacted LX-17, resulting in failures of the LX-17 detonation waves. The hydrodynamics of double corner turning and shock desensitization in the five experiments were modeled in two dimensions using the Ignition and Growth LX-17 detonation reactive flow model. The calculated arrival times and axial free surface velocity histories of the top aluminum plates were in excellent agreement with the experimental measurements.

  11. Deflagration-to-detonation transition by amplification of acoustic waves in type Ia supernovae (United States)

    Charignon, C.; Chièze, J.-P.


    Aims: We study a new mechanism for deflagration-to-detonation transition in thermonuclear supernovae (SNe Ia), based on the formation of shocks by amplification of sound waves in the steep density gradients of white dwarfs envelopes. We characterise, in terms of wavelength and amplitude, the perturbations which will ignite a detonation after their amplification. Methods: This study was performed using the well tested HERACLES code, a conservative hydrodynamical code, validated in the present specific application by an analytical description of the propagation of sound waves in white dwarfs. Thermonuclear combustion of the carbon oxygen fuel was treated with the α-chain nuclear reactions network. Results: In planar geometry we found the critical parameter to be the height of shock formation. When it occurs in the inner dense regions (ρ > 106 g cm-3) detonation is inevitable but can take an arbitrarily long time. We found that ignition can be achieved for perturbation as low as Mach number: M ~ 0.005, with heating times compatible with typical explosion time scale (a few seconds). On the opposite no ignition occurs when shocks initiated by small amplitude or large wavelength form further away in less dense regions. We show finally that ignition is also achieved in a spherical self-gravitating spherical model of cold C+O white dwarf of 1.430 M⊙, but due to the spherical damping of sound waves it necessitates stronger perturbation (M ~ 0.02). Small perturbations (M ~ 0.003) could still trigger detonation if a small helium layer is considered. In the context of SNe Ia, one has to consider further the initial expansion of the white dwarf, triggered by the deflagration, prior to the transition to detonation. As the star expands, gradients get flatter and ignition requires increasingly strong perturbations.

  12. Neutrino and gravitational wave signal of a delayed-detonation model of type Ia supernovae (United States)

    Seitenzahl, Ivo R.; Herzog, Matthias; Ruiter, Ashley J.; Marquardt, Kai; Ohlmann, Sebastian T.; Röpke, Friedrich K.


    The progenitor system(s) and the explosion mechanism(s) of type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) are still under debate. Nonelectromagnetic observables, in particular, gravitational waves and neutrino emission, of thermoclear supernovae are a complementary window to light curves and spectra for studying these enigmatic objects. A leading model for SNe Ia is the thermonuclear incineration of a near-Chandrasekhar mass carbon-oxygen white dwarf star in a "delayed detonation." We calculate a three-dimensional hydrodynamic explosion for the N100 delayed-detonation model extensively discussed in the literature, taking the dynamical effects of neutrino emission from all important contributing source terms into account. Although neutrinos carry away 2 ×1049 erg of energy, we confirm the common view that neutrino energy losses are dynamically not very important, resulting in only a modest reduction of final kinetic energy by 2%. We then calculate the gravitational wave signal from the time evolution of the quadrupole moment. Our model radiates 7 ×1039 erg in gravitational waves and the spectrum has a pronounced peak around 0.4 Hz. Depending on viewing angle and polarization, we find that the future space-based gravitational wave missions DECIGO and BBO would be able to detect our source to a distance of ˜1.3 Mpc . We predict a clear signature of the deflagration-to-detonation transition in the neutrino and the gravitational wave signals. If observed, such a feature would be a strong indicator of the realization of delayed detonations in near-Chandrasekhar mass white dwarfs.

  13. 1899-1909: Key Years for Shock Wave and Detonation Theory (United States)

    Heuze, Olivier


    One century ago, in 1909, finished one of the most creative decade for the progress of shock wave and detonation understanding. Before these years, many experiments were undetaken and analyzed by Berthelot, Mallard, Vieille, Le Châtellier and Dixon, especially about reactive gaseous mixtures. In 1899, Chapman provided the basis of what is called now the Chapman- Jouguet theory. During the following years, an unusual high number papers were published by different authors (Jouguet, Hadamard, Crussard, Duhem, Dixon and the hungarish Zemplen...) who yielded important contributions to the understanding of shock wave and detonation propagation. They tried to precise the former knowledge and to extend it to real geometries and to real materials. These years finished in 1909 with Duhem's paper which gathered some properties concerning real materials. After these years, the number of papers about shock waves and detonation strongly decreased. The main questions were raised, some of them were solved and the others had to wait up to several decades to be answered, by Von Neumann, Bethe, Zel'dovitch and others. Then Jouguet focused on deflagration, others retired or moved to other topics. We have collected an exhaustive bibliography. If most of these papers are now historical, some formulae or ideas like the forgotten concept of ``quasi-wave,'' with finite thickness, has a renewed interest for numerical or modern studies.

  14. Ignition of a Thermonuclear Detonation Wave in the Focus of Two Magnetically Insulated Transmission Lines (United States)

    Winterberg, F.


    For the ignition of a thermonuclear detonation wave assisted by a strong magnetic field, it is proposed to use two concentrically nested magnetically insulated transmission lines, the inner one transmitting a high- voltage lower-current-, and the outer one a high-current lower-voltage- electromagnetic pulse drawn from two Marx generators. The concept has the potential of large thermonuclear gains with an input energy conceivably as small as 105 J.

  15. Neutrino and gravitational wave signal of a delayed-detonation model of Type Ia supernovae


    Seitenzahl, Ivo R.; Herzog, Matthias; Ruiter, Ashley J.; Marquardt, Kai; Ohlmann, Sebastian T.; Roepke, Friedrich K.


    The progenitor system(s) and the explosion mechanism(s) of Type Ia supernovae (SNe Ia) are still under debate. Non-electromagnetic observables, in particular gravitational waves and neutrino emission, of thermonuclear supernovae are a complementary window to light curves and spectra for studying these enigmatic objects. A leading model for SNe Ia is the thermonuclear incineration of a near-Chandrasekhar mass carbon-oxygen white dwarf star in a "delayed-detonation". We calculate a three-dimens...

  16. Analytical and experimental validation of the Oblique Detonation Wave Engine concept (United States)

    Adelman, Henry G.; Cambier, Jean-Luc; Menees, Gene P.; Balboni, John A.


    The Oblique Detonation Wave Engine (ODWE) for hypersonic flight has been analytically studied by NASA using the CFD codes which fully couple finite rate chemistry with fluid dynamics. Fuel injector designs investigated included wall and strut injectors, and the in-stream strut injectors were chosen to provide good mixing with minimal stagnation pressure losses. Plans for experimentally validating the ODWE concept in an arc-jet hypersonic wind tunnel are discussed. Measurements of the flow field properties behind the oblique wave will be compared to analytical predictions.

  17. Fundamental Properties of Non-equilibrium Laser-Supported Detonation Wave (United States)

    Shiraishi, Hiroyuki


    For developing laser propulsion, it is very important to analyze the mechanism of Laser-Supported Detonation (LSD), because it can generate high pressure and high temperature to be used by laser propulsion can be categorized as one type of hypersonic reacting flows, where exothermicity is supplied not by chemical reaction but by radiation absorption. I have numerically simulated the 1-D and Quasi-1-D LSD waves propagating through an inert gas, which absorbs CO2 gasdynamic laser, using a 2-temperature model. Calculated results show the fundamental properties of the non-equilibrium LSD Waves.

  18. Detonation wave profiles measured in plastic bonded explosives using 1550 nm photon doppler velocimetry (PDV)

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    Gustavsen, Richard L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bartram, Brian D [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sanchez, Nathaniel (nate) J [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    We present detonation wave profiles measured in two TATB based explosives and two HMX based explosives. Profiles were measured at the interface of the explosive and a Lithium-Fluoride (LiF) window using 1550 nm Photon Doppler Velocimetry (PDV). Planar detonations were produced by impacting the explosive with a projectile launched in a gas-gun. The impact state was varied to produce varied distance to detonation, and therefore varied support of the Taylor wave following the Chapman-Jouget (CJ) or sonic state. Profiles from experiments with different support should be the same between the Von-Neumann (VN) spike and CJ state and different thereafter. Comparison of profiles with differing support, therefore, allows us to estimate reaction zone lengths. For the TATB based explosive, a reaction zone length of {approx} 3.9 mm, 500 ns was measured in EDC-35, and a reaction zone length of {approx} 6.3 mm, 800 ns was measured in PBX 9502 pre-cooled to -55 C. The respective VN spike state was 2.25 {+-} 0.05 km/s in EDC-35 and 2.4 {+-} 0.1 km/s in the cooled PBX 9502. We do not believe we have resolved either the VN spike state (> 2.6 km/s) nor the reaction zone length (<< 50 ns) in the HMX based explosives.

  19. Modelling detonation waves in condensed energetic materials: multiphase CJ conditions and multidimensional computations (United States)

    Petitpas, F.; Saurel, Richard; Franquet, E.; Chinnayya, A.


    A hyperbolic multiphase flow model with a single pressure and a single velocity but several temperatures is proposed to deal with the detonation dynamics of condensed energetic materials. Temperature non-equilibrium effects are mandatory in order to deal with wave propagation (shocks, detonations) in heterogeneous mixtures. The model is obtained as the asymptotic limit of a total non-equilibrium multiphase flow model in the limit of stiff mechanical relaxation only (Kapila et al. in Phys Fluids 13:3002-3024, 2001). Special attention is given to mass transfer modelling, that is obtained on the basis of entropy production analysis in each phase and in the system (Saurel et al. in J Fluid Mech 607:313-350, 2008). With the help of the shock relations given in Saurel et al. (Shock Waves 16:209-232, 2007) the model is closed and provides a generalized ZND formulation for condensed energetic materials. In particular, generalized CJ conditions are obtained. They are based on a balance between the chemical reaction energy release and internal heat exchanges among phases. Moreover, the sound speed that appears at sonic surface corresponds to the one of Wood (A textbook of sound, G. Bell and Sons LTD, London, 1930) that presents a non-monotonic behaviour versus volume fraction. Therefore, non-conventional reaction zone structure is observed. When heat exchanges are absent, the conventional ZND model with conventional CJ conditions is recovered. When heat exchanges are involved interesting features are observed. The flow behaviour presents similarities with non ideal detonations (Wood and Kirkwood in J Chem Phys 22:1920-1924, 1950) and pathological detonations (Von Neuman in Theory of detonation waves, 1942; Guenoche et al. in AIAA Prog Astron Aeronaut 75: 387-407, 1981). It also present non-conventional behaviour with detonation velocity eventually greater than the CJ one. Multidimensional resolution of the corresponding model is then addressed. This poses serious

  20. Experimental study on incident wave speed and the mechanisms of deflagration-to-detonation transition in a bent geometry (United States)

    Li, L.; Li, J.; Teo, C. J.; Chang, P. H.; Khoo, B. C.


    The study of deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) in bent tubes is important with many potential applications including fuel pipeline and mine tunnel designs for explosion prevention and detonation engines for propulsion. The aim of this study is to exploit low-speed incident shock waves for DDT using an S-shaped geometry and investigate its effectiveness as a DDT enhancement device. Experiments were conducted in a valveless detonation chamber using ethylene-air mixture at room temperature and pressure (303 K, 1 bar). High-speed Schlieren photography was employed to keep track of the wave dynamic evolution. Results showed that waves with velocity as low as 500 m/s can experience a successful DDT process through this S-shaped geometry. To better understand the mechanism, clear images of local explosion processes were captured in either the first curved section or the second curved section depending on the inlet wave velocity, thus proving that this S-shaped tube can act as a two-stage device for DDT. Owing to the curved wall structure, the passing wave was observed to undergo a continuous compression phase which could ignite the local unburnt mixture and finally lead to a local explosion and a detonation transition. Additionally, the phenomenon of shock-vortex interaction near the wave diffraction region was also found to play an important role in the whole process. It was recorded that this interaction could not only result in local head-on reflection of the reflected wave on the wall that could ignite the local mixture, and it could also contribute to the recoupling of the shock-flame complex when a detonation wave is successfully formed in the first curved section.

  1. Simulation of shock and detonation waves with Smoothed Dissipative Particle Dynamics (United States)

    Faure, Gérôme; Maillet, Jean-Bernard; Stoltz, Gabriel


    Smoothed dissipative particle dynamics (SDPD) is a mesoscopic method that allows one to select the level of resolution at which a fluid is simulated. The consistency between these different resolutions has been shown in a previous work. While Molecular Dynamics (MD) is limited to time and length scales much smaller than the ones involved in experimental observations, SDPD enables us to simulate complex phenomena at much larger scales. We present here some applications of SDPD to non-equilibrium situations such as shock waves and micro-jetting. We also introduce a reactive mechanism in which chemical reactions are taken into account by means of a progress variable attached to each particle and allowing to change the equation of state as the reaction occurs. This allows us to handle exothermic chemical reactions and perform simulations of detonations waves.

  2. Collision of plane thermonuclear detonation waves in a preliminarily compressed DT mixture (United States)

    Khishchenko, K. V.; Charakhch'yan, A. A.


    The paper deals with a one-dimensional problem on symmetric irradiation of a plane DT fuel layer with a thickness 2 H and density ρ0 ⩽ 100ρ s (where ρ s is the density of the DT fuel in the solid state at atmospheric pressure and a temperature of 4 K) by two identical monoenergetic proton beams with a kinetic energy of 1 MeV, an intensity of 1019 W/cm2, and a duration of 50 ps. The problem is solved in the framework of one-fluid two-temperature hydrodynamic model that takes into account the equation of state for hydrogen, electron and ion heat conductivities, kinetics of the DT reaction, plasma self-radiation, and plasma heating by α-particles. The irradiation of the fuel results in the appearance of two counterpropagating detonation waves to the fronts of which rarefaction waves are adjacent. The efficiency of the DT reaction after the collision (reflection from the plane of symmetry) of the detonation waves depends on the spatial homogeneity of thermodynamic functions between the fronts of the reflected detonation waves. At Hρ0 ≈ 1 g/cm2, the gain factor is G ≈ 200, whereas at Hρ0 ≈ 5 g/cm2, it is G > 2000. As applied to a cylindrical target that is ignited from ends and in which the cylinder with the fuel is surrounded by a heavy magnetized shell, the obtained values of the burn-up and gain factors are maximum possible. To estimate the ignition energy E ig of a cylindrical target by using solutions to the one-dimensional problem, a quasi-one-dimensional model is developed. The model assumes that the main mechanism of target ignition is fuel heating by α-particles. The trajectories of α-particles are limited by a cylindrical surface with a given radius, which is a parameter of the model and is identified with the fuel radius in the target and the radii of the irradiating proton beams. This model reproduces the well-known theoretical dependence E ig ˜ ρ{0/-2} and yields E ig = 160 kJ as a lower estimate of the ignition energy for ρ0 = 100ρ s

  3. Internal structure of laser supported detonation waves by two-wavelength Mach-Zehnder interferometer (United States)

    Shimamura, Kohei; Hatai, Keigo; Kawamura, Koichi; Fukui, Akihiro; Fukuda, Akio; Wang, Bin; Yamaguchi, Toshikazu; Komurasaki, Kimiya; Arakawa, Yoshihiro


    Characteristics of the internal structure of the laser supported detonation (LSD) waves, such as the electron density ne and the electron temperature Te profiles behind the shock wave were measured using a two-wavelength Mach-Zehnder interferometer along with emission spectroscopy. A TEA CO2 laser with energy of 10 J/pulse produced explosive laser heating in atmospheric air. Results show that the peak values of ne and Te were, respectively, about 2 × 1024 m-3 and 30 000 K, during the LSD regime. The temporal variation of the laser absorption coefficient profile estimated from the measured properties reveals that the laser energy was absorbed perfectly in a thin layer behind the shock wave during the LSD regime, as predicted by Raizer's LSD model. However, the absorption layer was much thinner than a plasma layer, the situation of which was not considered in Raizer's model. The measured ne at the shock front was not zero while the LSD was supported, which implies that the precursor electrons exist ahead of the shock wave.

  4. Detonation Jet Engine. Part 2--Construction Features (United States)

    Bulat, Pavel V.; Volkov, Konstantin N.


    We present the most relevant works on jet engine design that utilize thermodynamic cycle of detonative combustion. Detonation engines of various concepts, pulse detonation, rotational and engine with stationary detonation wave, are reviewed. Main trends in detonation engine development are discussed. The most important works that carried out…

  5. Some recent advances of shock wave physics research at the Laboratory for Shock Wave and Detonation Physics Research

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    Jing Fu Qian


    Progress made in recent years on three topics that have been investigated at the Laboratory for Shock Wave and Detonation Physics Research are presented in this report. (1) A new equation of state (EOS) has been derived which can be used from a standard state to predict state variable change along an isobaric path. Good agreements between calculations for some representative metals using this new EOS and experiments have been found, covering a wide range from hundreds of MPa to hundreds of GPa and from ambient temperature to tens of thousands of GPa. (2) An empirical relation of Y/G = constant (Y is yield strength, G is shear modulus) at HT-HP has been reinvestigated and confirmed by shock wave experiment. 93W alloy was chosen as a model material. The advantage of this relation is that it is beneficial to formulate a kind of simplified constitutive equation for metallic solids under shock loading, and thus to faithfully describe the behaviours of shocked solids through hydrodynamic simulations. (3) An attempt...

  6. Two-and three-dimensional detonation wave interactions with a copper plate (United States)

    Mader, C. L.; Kershner, J. D.


    The effect of multipoint initiation of an explosive on the motion of a thin metal plate is investigated in two and three dimensional geometry. The interactions of two cylindrically diverging detonations and four spherically diverging detonations with thin metal plates are described.

  7. The Influence of Initial and Boundary Conditions on Gaseous Detonation Waves. (United States)


    is approximately valid fir ethylene -air mixtures near stoichiometric conmposition. When the cell width inferred frui Dc/13 is compared with that fro...OF PLANAR DETONATION TO SPHERICAL DETONATION IN ETHYLENE -AIR MIXTURES .................... 57 3 .1 Introduction...3.4 Summary ...................................................... 68 4.0 THE INFLUENCE OF YIELDING CONFINEMENT ON LARGE-SCALE ETHYLENE -AIR

  8. Plane thermonuclear detonation waves initiated by proton beams and quasi-one-dimensional model of fast ignition

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    Charakhch'yan, Alexander A


    The one-dimensional (1D) problem on bilatiral irradiation by proton beams of the plane layer of condensed DT mixture with length $2H$ and density $\\rho_0 \\leqslant 100\\rho_s$, where $\\rho_s$ is the fuel solid-state density at atmospheric pressure and temperature of 4 K, is considered. The proton kinetic energy is 1 MeV, the beam intensity is $10^{19}$ W/cm$^2$ and duration is 50 ps. A mathematical model is based on the one-fluid two-temperature hydrodynamics with a wide-range equation of state of the fuel, electron and ion heat conduction, DT fusion reaction kinetics, self-radiation of plasma and plasma heating by alpha-particles. If the ignition occurs, a plane detonation wave, which is adjacent to the front of the rarefaction wave, appears. Upon reflection of this detonation wave from the symmetry plane, the flow with the linear velocity profile along the spatial variable $x$ and with a weak dependence of the thermodynamic functions of $x$ occurs. An appropriate solution of the equations of hydrodynamics is...

  9. The role of bathymetry, wave obliquity and coastal curvature in dune erosion prediction

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    Den Heijer, C.


    This study aims at reducing uncertainty in dune erosion predictions, in particular at complex dune coasts, in order to improve the assessment method for dune safety against flooding. To that end, state-of-the-art process-based dune erosion models are employed to further investigate issues

  10. Plane thermonuclear detonation waves initiated by proton beams and quasi-one-dimensional model of fast ignition (United States)

    Charakhch'yan, Alexander A.; Khishchenko, Konstantin V.


    The one-dimensional (1D) problem on bilatiral irradiation by proton beams of the plane layer of condensed DT mixture with length $2H$ and density $\\rho_0 \\leqslant 100\\rho_s$, where $\\rho_s$ is the fuel solid-state density at atmospheric pressure and temperature of 4 K, is considered. The proton kinetic energy is 1 MeV, the beam intensity is $10^{19}$ W/cm$^2$ and duration is 50 ps. A mathematical model is based on the one-fluid two-temperature hydrodynamics with a wide-range equation of state of the fuel, electron and ion heat conduction, DT fusion reaction kinetics, self-radiation of plasma and plasma heating by alpha-particles. If the ignition occurs, a plane detonation wave, which is adjacent to the front of the rarefaction wave, appears. Upon reflection of this detonation wave from the symmetry plane, the flow with the linear velocity profile along the spatial variable $x$ and with a weak dependence of the thermodynamic functions of $x$ occurs. An appropriate solution of the equations of hydrodynamics is found analytically up to an arbitrary constant, which can be chosen so that the analytical solution describes with good accuracy the numerical one. The gain with respect to the energy of neutrons $G\\approx 200$ at $H\\rho_0 \\approx 1$ g/cm$^2$, and $G>2000$ at $H\\rho_0 \\approx 5$ g/cm$^2$. To evaluate the ignition energy $E_{\\mathrm{ig}}$ of cylindrical targets, the quasi-1D model, limiting trajectories of $\\alpha$-particles by a cylinder of a given radius, is suggested. The model reproduces the known theoretical dependence $E_{\\mathrm{ig}} \\sim \\rho_0^{-2}$ and gives $E_{\\mathrm{ig}} = 160$ kJ for $\\rho_0 = 100\\rho_s \\approx 22$ g/cm$^3$.

  11. Global modelling of heat release during initiation and propagation of detonation and deflagration waves in methane-air-particle systems (United States)

    Tunik, Yu. V.

    In the present paper the direct initiation of a self supporting detonation and propagation of a low-speed combustion in methane-air-coal particles mixtures are solved. For particles, a heterogeneous regime of combustion is used, for methane one overall chemical reaction is taken into account: CH 4 + 2O 2 = CO 2 + 2H 2O. The heat release rate is assumed to be defined as a delay time based on the well-known thermal theory of Frank-Kamenetsky (1967). The proposed model allows one to investigate the influence inert particles or coal dust on the explosion limits of methane-air mixtures. It is shown that the addition of a limited quantity of particles leads to detonation stability. In low speed combustion problems this method allows one to get a good correlation between theoretical and experimental velocities of steady flame propagation in carbon-hydrogen gaseous mixtures. Coal dust influence on gasdynamics of a methane-air mixture combustion is investigated in an unsteady problem by using of the global modelling. It is shown that limited coal dust concentration increases the flame wave intensity in lean methane-air mixtures in contrast to inert particles. In stoichiometric gas mixtures, sand and coal dusts decrease a flame velocity. Far from the ignition point flame, the velocity is largely defined by the dust mass concentration and not by the size of particles.

  12. Molecular dynamics and kinetic study of carbon coagulation in the release wave of detonation products (United States)

    Chevrot, Guillaume; Sollier, Arnaud; Pineau, Nicolas


    We present a combined molecular dynamics and kinetic study of a carbon cluster aggregation process in thermodynamic conditions relevant for the detonation products of oxygen deficient explosives. Molecular dynamics simulations with the LCBOPII potential under gigapascal pressure and high temperatures indicate that (i) the cluster motion in the detonation gas is compatible with Brownian diffusion and (ii) the coalescence probability is 100% for two clusters entering the interaction cutoff distance. We used these results for a subsequent kinetic study with the Smoluchowski model, with realistic models applied for the physical parameters such as viscosity and cluster size. We found that purely aggregational kinetics yield too fast clustering, with moderate influence of the model parameters. In agreement with previous studies, the introduction of surface reactivity through a simple kinetic model is necessary to approach the clustering time scales suggested by experiments (1000 atoms after 100 ns, 10 000 atoms after 1 μs). However, these models fail to reach all experimental criteria simultaneously and more complex modelling of the surface process seems desirable to go beyond these current limitations.

  13. Influence of the gaseous form on the precursor heating layer of a laser-supported detonation wave using half self-emission half shadowgraph visualization (United States)

    Shimamura, Kohei; Michigami, Keisuke; Ofoso, Joseph; Komursaki, Kimiya


    After breakdown one of the possible mechanisms of occurrence of laser-produced plasma is noted as laser-supported detonation (LSD) wave. This wave consisting of the shock wave and the beam absorbing plasma travels at 1-10 km/s along the beam channel in the direction opposite to the laser incidence. The laser heating structure is recognized as the ZND model of chemical detonation. However, Shimamura et. al, showed that the plasma proceeds the shock wave during LSD regime. The role of shock compression is relatively smaller than preheating by laser. The conventional model is inconsistent with our paper. To investigate the heating structure of a LSD wave, half self-emission half shadowgraph (HSHS) methods provides the self-emission image from the plasma on the top half and the shadowgraph image of the induced shock wave on the bottom half simultaneously. A TEA CO2 laser was used at 10 J incident energy. The locations of both wave fronts were detected from the brightness distribution of the HSHS images. As a result, the propagation of ionization front precedes that of shock wave front by the order of 10-4 m in air and N2. Preheating layer of N2 is shorter than that of air because O2 in air has the lowest ionization energy. Thus, a characteristic of preionization layer depends on the ionization properties because photoionization by the UV radiation generate the seed electrons ahead of shock wave.

  14. Detonation control (United States)

    Mace, Jonathan L.; Seitz, Gerald J.; Bronisz, Lawrence E.


    Detonation control modules and detonation control circuits are provided herein. A trigger input signal can cause a detonation control module to trigger a detonator. A detonation control module can include a timing circuit, a light-producing diode such as a laser diode, an optically triggered diode, and a high-voltage capacitor. The trigger input signal can activate the timing circuit. The timing circuit can control activation of the light-producing diode. Activation of the light-producing diode illuminates and activates the optically triggered diode. The optically triggered diode can be coupled between the high-voltage capacitor and the detonator. Activation of the optically triggered diode causes a power pulse to be released from the high-voltage capacitor that triggers the detonator.

  15. Study of performance of a detonation-driven shock tube; Detonation kudogata shogekihakan no sado tokusei

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    Yamanaka, A.; Ariga, Y. [Saitama University, Saitama (Japan); Obara, T.; Cai, P.; Oyagi, S. [Saitama University, Saitama (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    A detonation-driven shock tube firstly designed by H.-R. Yu, is considered as a useful facilities capable of producing high-enthalpy flow. In this apparatus, a strong shock wave is generated by detonating oxygen-hydrogen (oxyhydrogen) mixture and has characteristics that temperature as well as pressure of driver gas is extremely high compared with conventional shock tubes. However, a structure of detonation wave is not uniform e. g., detonation wave has three-dimensional cellular structures and multiple transverse waves. Furthermore, the detonation wave is followed by a Taylor expansion fan and performance of detonation-driven shock tube is not well understood. In this preliminary study, a detonation-driven shock tube is constructed and its performance is experimentally investigated by measuring pressure histories and a profile of ionization current behind detonation wave. As a result, (1) the pressure histories of detonation wave is clarified and it shows reasonable agreement with a result obtained by KASIMIR shock tube simulation code. (2) A propagation velocity of detonation wave is coincided well with theoretical predictions assuming Chapman-Jouguet detonation wave. (3) An equivalence ratio of oxyhydrogen mixture to produce a highest Mach number of the shock wave is evaluated as {phi} (approx equal) 1.7. (author)

  16. Calculation of laser induced impulse based on the laser supported detonation wave model with dissociation, ionization and radiation

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    Gan, Li, E-mail:; Mousen, Cheng; Xiaokang, Li [College of Aerospace Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha (China)


    In the laser intensity range that the laser supported detonation (LSD) wave can be maintained, dissociation, ionization and radiation take a substantial part of the incidence laser energy. There is little treatment on the phenomenon in the existing models, which brings obvious discrepancies between their predictions and the experiment results. Taking into account the impact of dissociation, ionization and radiation in the conservations of mass, momentum and energy, a modified LSD wave model is developed which fits the experimental data more effectively rather than the existing models. Taking into consideration the pressure decay of the normal and the radial rarefaction, the laser induced impulse that is delivered to the target surface is calculated in the air; and the dependencies of impulse performance on laser intensity, pulse width, ambient pressure and spot size are indicated. The results confirm that the dissociation is the pivotal factor of the appearance of the momentum coupling coefficient extremum. This study focuses on a more thorough understanding of LSD and the interaction between laser and matter.

  17. Numerical Simulation of Aluminum Dust Detonations with Different Product Phases (United States)

    Teng, H. H.; Jiang, Z. L.

    Detonation waves are waves of supersonic combustion induced by strong coupling shock and heat release. Detonation research has attracted much attention in recent years owing to its potential applications in hypersonic propulsion. Aluminum (Al) particle detonation is a type of dust detonation, and its research is important in the prevention of industrial explosions. Al dust detonations for flake and spherical particles have been studied , which is found to be very sensitive to the specific area[1].

  18. Steady Non-Ideal Detonation (United States)

    Sharpe, G. J.; Luheshi, M. Y.; Braithwaite, M.; Falle, S. A. E. G.


    Highly non-ideal explosives, such as commercial ammonium nitrate based explosives used in mining and blasting, have critical charge diameters of several centimetres and relatively low detonation speeds. Shock polar match analyses between these explosives and confining inert materials give two main types of interactions. For the first type (denoted here by case I), the detonation drives an oblique shock into the confiner. For the second type (case II), a wave propagates in the confiner ahead of the detonation wave in the explosive. In case I, numerical simulations show that for a given explosive model there is a unique relationship (valid for all charge diameters and confinements) between the velocity of detonation (VoD) and the curvature of the detonation shock at the charge axis. This relationship is shown to be well predicted by a quasi-one-dimensional analysis. A simple detonation shock dynamics method which uses this relationship predicts the VoD provided the explosive is sufficiently confined (usually the case in mining), but is inaccurate in the limit of an unconfined charge. For commercial explosives confined by rocks, a significant proportion of problems are case II. Numerical simulations are performed to investigate the coupling mechanisms in these situations. It is found that, in agreement with an approximate theory, the detonation is driven up to VoDs near the confiner's sound speed, and the wave in the confiner weakly pre-compresses the explosive ahead of the detonation front.

  19. Surface shear strains induced by quasi-steady sweeping detonation waves (United States)

    Hull, Lawrence; Briggs, Matthew; Faulkner, James


    Sweeping wave experiments create conditions of greater shear than corresponding onedimensional motion experiments, and are of current interest for material damage characterization. Sweeping waves are also important with regards to the spectrum of applications of explosives driving metals. The intensity of the shear developed in a sweeping wave experiment may be monitored using crossed beams of Photon Doppler Velocimetry (PDV). During the time the material is traversing the volume defined by the crossed beams, the interferometer is measuring the velocity of the same mass element (approximately) from two directions. It is known that PDV measures the velocity component that lies along the beam direction, so that with crossed beams, two independent directions are simultaneously measured and therefore the vector velocity (both magnitude and direction) are captured. The vector velocity is readily related to the strain rates on the surface (after removing the rigid rotation rates), and the equations are integrated to obtain the strains.

  20. Blast waves from detonated military explosive reduce GluR1 and synaptophysin levels in hippocampal slice cultures. (United States)

    Smith, Marquitta; Piehler, Thuvan; Benjamin, Richard; Farizatto, Karen L; Pait, Morgan C; Almeida, Michael F; Ghukasyan, Vladimir V; Bahr, Ben A


    Explosives create shockwaves that cause blast-induced neurotrauma, one of the most common types of traumatic brain injury (TBI) linked to military service. Blast-induced TBIs are often associated with reduced cognitive and behavioral functions due to a variety of factors. To study the direct effects of military explosive blasts on brain tissue, we removed systemic factors by utilizing rat hippocampal slice cultures. The long-term slice cultures were briefly sealed air-tight in serum-free medium, lowered into a 37°C water-filled tank, and small 1.7-gram assemblies of cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX) were detonated 15cm outside the tank, creating a distinct shockwave recorded at the culture plate position. Compared to control mock-treated groups of slices that received equal submerge time, 1-3 blast impacts caused a dose-dependent reduction in the AMPA receptor subunit GluR1. While only a small reduction was found in hippocampal slices exposed to a single RDX blast and harvested 1-2days later, slices that received two consecutive RDX blasts 4min apart exhibited a 26-40% reduction in GluR1, and the receptor subunit was further reduced by 64-72% after three consecutive blasts. Such loss correlated with increased levels of HDAC2, a histone deacetylase implicated in stress-induced reduction of glutamatergic transmission. No evidence of synaptic marker recovery was found at 72h post-blast. The presynaptic marker synaptophysin was found to have similar susceptibility as GluR1 to the multiple explosive detonations. In contrast to the synaptic protein reductions, actin levels were unchanged, spectrin breakdown was not detected, and Fluoro-Jade B staining found no indication of degenerating neurons in slices exposed to three RDX blasts, suggesting that small, sub-lethal explosives are capable of producing selective alterations to synaptic integrity. Together, these results indicate that blast waves from military explosive cause signs of synaptic compromise without

  1. Prelude to A Double Degenerate Merger: The Onset of Mass Transfer and Its Impact on Gravitational Waves and Surface Detonations (United States)

    Dan, Marius; Rosswog, Stephan; Guillochon, James; Ramirez-Ruiz, Enrico


    calculating the gravitational wave foreground (although expected to be below Laser Interferometer Space Antenna's sensitivity at these high frequencies). We also show that the inclusion of the entropy increase associated with shock heating of the accreted material reduces the number of orbits a binary survives given the same initial conditions, although the effect is not as pronounced when using the appropriate initial conditions. The use of accurate initial conditions and a correct treatment of shock heating allows for a reliable time evolution of the temperature, density, and angular momentum, which are important when considering thermonuclear events that may occur during the mass transfer phase and/or after merger. Our treatment allows us to accurately identify when surface detonations may occur in the lead-up to the merger, as well as the properties of final merger products.


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    P. V. Bulat


    Full Text Available The paper deals with current issues of the interference theory development of gas-dynamic discontinuities as applied to a problem of propulsion refinement for the air-spacecrafts, designed for hypersonic flight speeds. In the first part of the review we have presented the history of detonation study and different concepts of detonation engines, as well as air intakes designed for hypersonic flight speeds. The second part provides an overview of works on the interference theory development for gas-dynamic discontinuities. We report about classification of the gas-dynamic discontinuities, shock wave propagation, shock-wave structures and triple configurations of shock waves. We have shown that many of these processes are accompanied by a hysteresis phenomenon, there are areas of ambiguity; therefore, in the design of engines and air intakes optimal shock-wave structures should be provided and their sustainability should be ensured. Much attention has recently been given to the use of the air intakes in the shock-wave structures with the rereflection of shock waves and the interference of shock waves in the opposite directions. This review provides increased focus on it, contains references to landmark works, the last calculated and experimental results. Unfortunately, foreign surveys missed many landmark works of the Soviet and Russian researchers, as they were not published in English. At the same time, it was the Soviet school of gas dynamics that has formulated the interference theory of gas-dynamic discontinuities in its present form. To fill this gap is one of this review scopes. The review may be recommended for professionals, engineers and scientists working in the field of aerospace engineering.

  3. Combustion waves and fronts in flows flames, shocks, detonations, ablation fronts and explosion of stars

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    Clavin, Paul


    Combustion is a fascinating phenomenon coupling complex chemistry to transport mechanisms and nonlinear fluid dynamics. This book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive presentation of the nonlinear dynamics of combustion waves and other non-equilibrium energetic systems. The major advances in this field have resulted from analytical studies of simplified models performed in close relation with carefully controlled laboratory experiments. The key to understanding the complex phenomena is a systematic reduction of the complexity of the basic equations. Focusing on this fundamental approach, the book is split into three parts. Part I provides physical insights for physics-oriented readers, Part II presents detailed technical analysis using perturbation methods for theoreticians, and Part III recalls the necessary background knowledge in physics, chemistry and fluid dynamics. This structure makes the content accessible to newcomers to the physics of unstable fronts in flows, whilst also offering advanced mater...

  4. Influence of sweeping detonation-wave loading on damage evolution during spallation loading of tantalum in both a planar and curved geometry

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    Gray, George Thompson III [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Hull, Lawrence Mark [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Livescu, Veronica [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Faulkner, James [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Briggs, Matthew E. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Meyer, Ross Keith [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Andrews, Heather Lynn [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Hare, Steven John [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Jakulewicz, Micah Shawn [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Shinas, Michael A. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    Widespread research over the past five decades has provided a wealth of experimental data and insight concerning the shock hardening, damage evolution, and the spallation response of materials subjected to square-topped shock-wave loading profiles. However, fewer quantitative studies have been conducted on the effect of direct, in-contact, high explosive (HE)-driven Taylor wave (unsupported shocks) loading on the shock hardening, damage evolution, or spallation response of materials. Systematic studies quantifying the effect of sweeping-detonation wave loading are yet sparser. In this study, the damage evolution and spallation response of Ta is shown to be critically dependent on the peak shock stress, the geometry of the sample (flat or curved plate geometry), and the shock obliquity during sweeping-detonation-wave shock loading. Sweepingwave loading in the flat-plate geometry is observed to: a) yield a lower spall strength than previously documented for 1-D supported-shock-wave loading, b) exhibit increased shock hardening as a function of increasing obliquity, and c) lead to an increased incidence of deformation twin formation with increasing shock obliquity. Sweeping-wave loading of a 10 cm radius curved Ta plate is observed to: a) lead to an increase in the shear stress as a function of increasing obliquity, b) display a more developed level of damage evolution, extensive voids and coalescence, and lower spall strength with obliquity in the curved plate than seen in the flat-plate sweeping-detonation wave loading for an equivalent HE loading, and c) no increased propensity for deformation twin formation with increasing obliquity as seen in the flat-plate geometry. The overall observations comparing and contrasting the flat versus curved sweeping-wave spall experiments with 1D loaded spallation behavior suggests a coupled influence of obliquity and geometry on dynamic shock-induced damage evolution and spall strength. Coupled experimental and modeling research

  5. Detonation capturing for stiff combustion chemistry

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    Berkenbosch, A.C.; Kaasschieter, E.F.; Klein, R.


    This paper contributes to the topic of unphysical one-cell-per-time-step travelling combustion wave solutions in numerical computations of detonation waves in the presence of stiff chemical source terms. These false weak detonation solutions appear when a gas-dynamics-chemistry operator-splitting

  6. Development of a Detonation Diffuser (United States)


    SIGNED//______________ _10Feb2014_ Kevin C. Gross Date ______________//SIGNED//______________ _11Feb2014_ Frederick R. Schauer Date Accepted...and Dr. Schauer for ensuring the quality of my dissertation. It was a privilege to work with Dr. Schauer at the Detonation Engine Research...diffraction corner at the end of the surface. The secondary detonation will initially be overdriven ( Schauer et al., 2005), and the excess wave-speed will

  7. Review on Recent Advances in Pulse Detonation Engines

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    K. M. Pandey


    Full Text Available Pulse detonation engines (PDEs are new exciting propulsion technologies for future propulsion applications. The operating cycles of PDE consist of fuel-air mixture, combustion, blowdown, and purging. The combustion process in pulse detonation engine is the most important phenomenon as it produces reliable and repeatable detonation waves. The detonation wave initiation in detonation tube in practical system is a combination of multistage combustion phenomena. Detonation combustion causes rapid burning of fuel-air mixture, which is a thousand times faster than deflagration mode of combustion process. PDE utilizes repetitive detonation wave to produce propulsion thrust. In the present paper, detailed review of various experimental studies and computational analysis addressing the detonation mode of combustion in pulse detonation engines are discussed. The effect of different parameters on the improvement of propulsion performance of pulse detonation engine has been presented in detail in this research paper. It is observed that the design of detonation wave flow path in detonation tube, ejectors at exit section of detonation tube, and operating parameters such as Mach numbers are mainly responsible for improving the propulsion performance of PDE. In the present review work, further scope of research in this area has also been suggested.

  8. FROM THE HISTORY OF PHYSICS: Thermonuclear detonation (United States)

    Feoktistov, L. P.


    The characteristics of, and energy transfer mechanisms involved in, thermonuclear detonation are discussed. What makes the fundamental difference between thermonuclear and chemical detonation is that the former has a high specific energy release and can therefore be employed for preliminarily compressing the thermonuclear mixture ahead of the burning wave. Consequently, with moderate (megajoule) initiation energies, a steady-state detonation laboratory experiment with unlimited energy multiplication becomes a possibility.

  9. Steady non-ideal detonations (United States)

    Sharpe, Gary


    Theories for determining the velocity of detonation (VoD) in highly non-ideal explosives, e.g. commercial explosives used in mining, are discussed. Such explosives have critical charge diameters of several centimetres. An analysis of the interaction between detonations and confining materials along the explosive-confiner interface reveals there a two main types of interaction. In the first (denoted here by case 1) the detonation drives an oblique shock into the confiner. For the second (case 2), a wave propagates in the confiner ahead of the detonation in the explosive. Shock polar interactions are examined for commercial explosives and rocks, which shows that a significant proportion of problems are case 2 in mining. For case 1, numerical simulations show that for a given explosive model there is a unique relationship (valid for all charge diameters and confinements) between the VoD and the curvature of the detonation shock at the charge axis. This relationship is shown to be well predicted by a quasi-one-dimensional type analysis. A simple detonation shock dynamics method which uses this relationships predicts well the VoD even in highly non-ideal cases, provided the explosive is sufficiently confined (usually the case in mining), but which is inaccurate in the limit of an unconfined charge. Preliminary results of a novel variational method for solving the unconfined situation are also discussed. Numerical simulations are performed to investigate the coupling mechanisms in case 2 situations, including the influence on diameter effects. It is shown that, in agreement with an approximate theory, the detonation is driven up to VoDs above the confiner's sound speed, and the wave in the confiner weakly pre-compresses the explosive ahead of the detonation front.

  10. Unsteady detonations driven by first-order phase transformations

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    Rabie, R.L.; Fickett, W.


    Reactive waves supported by the energy released during a phase transformation are examined as elementary detonations. It is found that a class of eigenvalue detonations exist containing the well known Chapman-Jouguet solution as a particular case. In general the set of eigenvalue detonations are unsteady in any single inertial reference frame.

  11. Experimental study on mean overtopping of sloping seawall under oblique irregular waves (United States)

    Wang, Deng-ting; Ju, Lie-hong; Zhu, Jia-ling; Wang, Zhen; Sun, Tian-ting; Chen, Wei-qiu


    In this paper, domestic and abroad research progresses and related calculation formulae of the mean overtopping discharge are summarized. Through integral physical model experiments, the relation between the wave direction and the overtopping discharge on the top of the sloping dike is focused on and put into analysis and discussion; and a modified formula for mean overtopping discharges under oblique irregular waves is proposed. The study shows that the mean overtopping discharge generally goes down as the relative wave obliquity β increases for a fixed measurement point and the mean overtopping discharge generally increases as the wave steepness H/L decreases (the cycle increases) for a fixed relative wave obliquity.

  12. Initiation of Gaseous Detonation by Conical Projectiles (United States)

    Verreault, Jimmy

    Initiation and stabilization of detonation by hypersonic conical projectiles launched into combustible gas mixtures is investigated. This phenomenon must be understood for the design and optimization of specific hypersonic propulsion devices, such as the oblique detonation wave engine and the ram accelerator. The criteria for detonation initiation by a projectile is also related to fundamental aspects of detonation research, such as the requirement for direct initiation of a detonation by a blast wave. Experimental results of this problem also offer useful references for validation of numerical and theoretical modeling. Projectiles with cone half angles varying from 15° to 60° were launched into stoichiometric mixtures of hydrogen/oxygen with 70% argon dilution at initial pressures between 10 and 200 kPa. The projectiles were launched from a combustion-driven gas gun at velocities up to 2.2 km/s (corresponding to 133% of the Chapman Jouguet velocity). Pictures of the flowfields generated by the projectiles were taken via Schlieren photography. Five combustion regimes were observed about the projectile ranging from prompt and delayed oblique detonation wave formation, combustion instabilities, a wave splitting, and an inert shock wave. Two types of transition from the prompt oblique detonation wave regime to the inert shock regime were observed. The first (the delayed oblique detonation wave regime) showed an inert shock attached to the tip of the projectile followed by a sharp kink at the onset of an oblique detonation wave; this regime occurred by decreasing the cone angle at high mixture pressures. The second (the combustion instabilities regime) exhibited large density gradients due to combustion ignition and quenching phenomena; this regime occurred by decreasing the mixture pressure at large cone angles. A number of theoretical models were considered to predict critical conditions for the initiation of oblique detonations. The Lee-Vasiljev model agreed

  13. Helium Detonations on Neutron Stars (United States)

    Zingale, M.; Timmes, F. X.; Fryxell, B.; Lamb, D. Q.; Olson, K.; Calder, A. C.; Dursi, L. J.; Ricker, P.; Rosner, R.; MacNeice, P.; Tufo, H. M.


    We present the results of a numerical study of helium detonations on the surfaces of neutron stars. We describe two-dimensional simulations of the evolution of a detonation as it breaks through the accreted envelope of the neutron star and propagates laterally through the accreted material. The detonation front propagates laterally at nearly the Chapman-Jouguet velocity, v=1.3×109 cm s-1. A series of surface waves propagate across the pool of hot ash behind the detonation front with the same speed, matching the speed expected from shallow water wave theory. The entire envelope oscillates in the gravitational potential well of the neutron star with a period of ~50 μs. The photosphere reaches an estimated height of 10 km above the surface of the neutron star. Our study confirms that such a detonation can insure the spread of burning over the entire neutron star surface on a timescale consistent with burst rise times. We analyze the sensitivity of the results to the spatial resolution and the assumed initial conditions. We conclude by presenting a comparison of this model to type I X-ray bursts.

  14. Effect of Aluminium Confinement on ANFO Detonation (United States)

    Short, Mark; Jackson, Scott; Kiyanda, Charles; Shinas, Mike; Hare, Steve; Briggs, Matt


    Detonations in confined non-ideal high explosives often have velocities below the confiner sound speed. The effect on detonation propagation of the resulting subsonic flow in the confiner (such as confiner stress waves traveling ahead of the main detonation front or upstream wall deflection into the HE) has yet to be fully understood. Previous work by Sharpe and Bdzil (J. Eng. Math, 2006) has shown that for subsonic confiner flow, there is no limiting thickness for which the detonation dynamics are uninfluenced by further increases in wall thickness. The critical parameters influencing detonation behavior are the wall thickness relative to the HE reaction zone size, and the difference in the detonation velocity and confiner sound speed. Additional possible outcomes of subsonic flow are that for increasing thickness, the confiner is increasingly deflected into the HE upstream of the detonation, and that for sufficiently thick confiners, the detonation speed could be driven up to the sound speed in the confiner. We report here on a further series of experiments in which a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (ANFO) is detonated in aluminum confiners with varying HE charge diameter and confiner thickness, and compare the results with the outcomes suggested by Sharpe and Bdzil.

  15. Detonation Propagation Through Ducts in a Pulsed Detonation Engine (United States)


    23  Figure 18. CAD drawing of fully assembled test section ............................................................. 24  Figure 19. Test section...drawing of fully assembled test section When assembled (Figs. 18 & 19), the test section formed 2” by 2” square tubes that were 28” in length. This...did help ease the wave fronts in their expansions, but since it was a subcritical spherical detonation wave it still diffracted and decoupled. As

  16. A Study on Performance of a Detonation-Driven Shock Tube


    山中, 昭央; 有賀, 洋介; 小原, 哲郎; 蔡, 品; 大八木, 重治


    A detonation-driven shock tube firstly designed by H.-R. Yu, is considered as a useful facilities capable of producing high-enthalpy flow. In this apparatus, a strong shock wave is generated by detonating oxygen-hydrogen (oxyhydrogen) mixture and has characteristics that temperature as well as pressure of driver gas is extremely high compared with conventional shock tubes. However, a structure of detonation wave is not uniform e.g., detonation wave has three-dimensional cellular structures an...

  17. Demonstration of a multi-channel, low-profile wire gauge for tracing wave development and detonation turning in explosives

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    Skidmore, Bradley E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Novak, Alan M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Zucker, Jonathan M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Parker, Jr, Gary R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dickson, Peter [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Foley, Timothy J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Trebs, Adam A [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    The multi-channel low-profile wire gauge is a device which measures high pressure wave position via the continuous variation in length of a conductor in conjunction with a fiducial, allowing in situ measurement of wave front curvature during wave development. The gauge's low profile ({approx}250 {micro}m) and high resolution measurements (up to 0.5 nanoseconds) make it minimally intrusive and highly responsive, with a typically wave position accuracy of {+-}1 mm. Gauge construction and data analysis methods are described and waveforms are presented for Detasheet and N-9 explosives.

  18. Pulse Detonation Assessment for Alternative Fuels

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    Muhammad Hanafi Azami


    Full Text Available The higher thermodynamic efficiency inherent in a detonation combustion based engine has already led to considerable interest in the development of wave rotor, pulse detonation, and rotating detonation engine configurations as alternative technologies offering improved performance for the next generation of aerospace propulsion systems, but it is now important to consider their emissions also. To assess both performance and emissions, this paper focuses on the feasibility of using alternative fuels in detonation combustion. Thus, the standard aviation fuels Jet-A, Acetylene, Jatropha Bio-synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene, Camelina Bio-synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene, Algal Biofuel, and Microalgae Biofuel are all asessed under detonation combustion conditions. An analytical model accounting for the Rankine-Hugoniot Equation, Rayleigh Line Equation, and Zel’dovich–von Neumann–Doering model, and taking into account single step chemistry and thermophysical properties for a stoichiometric mixture, is applied to a simple detonation tube test case configuration. The computed pressure rise and detonation velocity are shown to be in good agreement with published literature. Additional computations examine the effects of initial pressure, temperature, and mass flux on the physical properties of the flow. The results indicate that alternative fuels require higher initial mass flux and temperature to detonate. The benefits of alternative fuels appear significant.

  19. Structures in Detonation Waves in Low-Pressure H2–O2–Ar Mixtures: A Summary of Results Obtained with the Adaptive Mesh Refinement Framework AMROC

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    Ralf Deiterding


    Full Text Available Numerical simulation can be key to the understanding of the multidimensional nature of transient detonation waves. However, the accurate approximation of realistic detonations is demanding as a wide range of scales needs to be resolved. This paper describes a successful solution strategy that utilizes logically rectangular dynamically adaptive meshes. The hydrodynamic transport scheme and the treatment of the nonequilibrium reaction terms are sketched. A ghost fluid approach is integrated into the method to allow for embedded geometrically complex boundaries. Large-scale parallel simulations of unstable detonation structures of Chapman-Jouguet detonations in low-pressure hydrogen-oxygen-argon mixtures demonstrate the efficiency of the described techniques in practice. In particular, computations of regular cellular structures in two and three space dimensions and their development under transient conditions, that is, under diffraction and for propagation through bends are presented. Some of the observed patterns are classified by shock polar analysis, and a diagram of the transition boundaries between possible Mach reflection structures is constructed.

  20. Qualitative and Asymptotic Theory of Detonations

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    Faria, Luiz


    Shock waves in reactive media possess very rich dynamics: from formation of cells in multiple dimensions to oscillating shock fronts in one-dimension. Because of the extreme complexity of the equations of combustion theory, most of the current understanding of unstable detonation waves relies on extensive numerical simulations of the reactive compressible Euler/Navier-Stokes equations. Attempts at a simplified theory have been made in the past, most of which are very successful in describing steady detonation waves. In this work we focus on obtaining simplified theories capable of capturing not only the steady, but also the unsteady behavior of detonation waves. The first part of this thesis is focused on qualitative theories of detonation, where ad hoc models are proposed and analyzed. We show that equations as simple as a forced Burgers equation can capture most of the complex phenomena observed in detonations. In the second part of this thesis we focus on rational theories, and derive a weakly nonlinear model of multi-dimensional detonations. We also show, by analysis and numerical simulations, that the asymptotic equations provide good quantitative predictions.

  1. Delayed detonations in full-star models of Type Ia supernova explosions


    Roepke, F. K.; Niemeyer, J. C.


    Aims: We present the first full-star three-dimensional explosion simulations of thermonuclear supernovae including parameterized deflagration-to-detonation transitions that occur once the flame enters the distributed burning regime. Methods: Treating the propagation of both the deflagration and the detonation waves in a common front-tracking approach, the detonation is prevented from crossing ash regions. Results: Our criterion triggers the detonation wave at the outer edge of the deflagratio...

  2. Observations on the normal reflection of gaseous detonations (United States)

    Damazo, J.; Shepherd, J. E.


    Experimental results are presented examining the behavior of the shock wave created when a gaseous detonation wave normally impinges upon a planar wall. Gaseous detonations are created in a 7.67-m-long, 280-mm-internal-diameter detonation tube instrumented with a test section of rectangular cross section enabling visualization of the region at the tube-end farthest from the point of detonation initiation. Dynamic pressure measurements and high-speed schlieren photography in the region of detonation reflection are used to examine the characteristics of the inbound detonation wave and outbound reflected shock wave. Data from a range of detonable fuel/oxidizer/diluent/initial pressure combinations are presented to examine the effect of cell-size and detonation regularity on detonation reflection. The reflected shock does not bifurcate in any case examined and instead remains nominally planar when interacting with the boundary layer that is created behind the incident wave. The trajectory of the reflected shock wave is examined in detail, and the wave speed is found to rapidly change close to the end-wall, an effect we attribute to the interaction of the reflected shock with the reaction zone behind the incident detonation wave. Far from the end-wall, the reflected shock wave speed is in reasonable agreement with the ideal model of reflection which neglects the presence of a finite-length reaction zone. The net far-field effect of the reaction zone is to displace the reflected shock trajectory from the predictions of the ideal model, explaining the apparent disagreement of the ideal reflection model with experimental reflected shock observations of previous studies.

  3. Helium Detonations on Neutron Stars (United States)

    Zingale, M.; Timmes, F. X.; Fryxell, B.; Lamb, D. Q.; Olson, K.; Calder, A. C.; Dursi, L. J.; Ricker, P.; Rosner, R.; Truran, J. W.; MacNeice, P.; Tufo, H.


    We present the results of a numerical study of helium detonations on the surfaces of neutron stars. We analyze the evolution of a detonation as it breaks through the envelope of the neutron star and propagates across its surface. A series of surface waves propagate across the pool of hot ash with a speed of 1.3 x 109 \\ cm \\ s-1, matching the speed expected from shallow water wave theory. The entire envelope bounces in the gravitational potential well of the neutron star with a period of 50 μ s. The photosphere reaches a height of 15 km above the surface of the neutron star. The sensitivity of the results to the spatial resolution and assumed initial conditions are analyzed, and the relevance of this model to Type I X-ray bursts is discussed. This work is supported by the Department of Energy under Grant No. B341495 to the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago.

  4. Effects of high sound speed confiners on ANFO detonations (United States)

    Kiyanda, Charles; Jackson, Scott; Short, Mark


    The interaction between high explosive (HE) detonations and high sound speed confiners, where the confiner sound speed exceeds the HE's detonation speed, has not been thoroughly studied. The subsonic nature of the flow in the confiner allows stress waves to travel ahead of the main detonation front and influence the upstream HE state. The interaction between the detonation wave and the confiner is also no longer a local interaction, so that the confiner thickness now plays a significant role in the detonation dynamics. We report here on larger scale experiments in which a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil (ANFO) is detonated in aluminium confiners with varying charge diameter and confiner thickness. The results of these large-scale experiments are compared with previous large-scale ANFO experiments in cardboard, as well as smaller-scale aluminium confined ANFO experiments, to characterize the effects of confiner thickness.

  5. Mathematical description of ignition, combustion and propagation of detonation in reacting gas mixtures in the presence of micro- and nanoparticles (United States)

    Fedorov, A. V.; Tropin, D. A.


    The physical and mathematical models for the description of the processes of ignition, combustion and propagation of detonation in mixtures of hydrogen-oxygen, methane-oxygen and silane-air in the presence of inert micro- and nanoparticles were proposed. On the basis of these models the dependencies of detonation velocity deficit vs the size and concentration of inert micro- and nanoparticles were found. Two modes of detonation flows in gas suspensions of reactive gases and inert nanoparticles were revealed: - propagation of weak detonation wave in the gas suspension, - destruction of the detonation process. It was determined that the mechanisms of detonation suppression by micro- and nanoparticles are closed and lies in the splitting of a detonation wave to frozen shock wave and ignition and combustion wave. Concentration limits of detonation were calculated. It turned out that in the transition from microparticles to nanoparticles the detonation suppression efficiency does not increase.

  6. Turbulent deflagrations, autoignitions, and detonations

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    Bradley, Derek


    Measurements of turbulent burning velocities in fan-stirred explosion bombs show an initial linear increase with the fan speed and RMS turbulent velocity. The line then bends over to form a plateau of high values around the maximum attainable burning velocity. A further increase in fan speed leads to the eventual complete quenching of the flame due to increasing localised extinctions because of the flame stretch rate. The greater the Markstein number, the more readily does flame quenching occur. Flame propagation along a duct closed at one end, with and without baffles to increase the turbulence, is subjected to a one-dimensional analysis. The flame, initiated at the closed end of the long duct, accelerates by the turbulent feedback mechanism, creating a shock wave ahead of it, until the maximum turbulent burning velocity for the mixture is attained. With the confining walls, the mixture is compressed between the flame and the shock plane up to the point where it might autoignite. This can be followed by a deflagration to detonation transition. The maximum shock intensity occurs with the maximum attainable turbulent burning velocity, and this defines the limit for autoignition of the mixture. For more reactive mixtures, autoignition can occur at turbulent burning velocities that are less than the maximum attainable one. Autoignition can be followed by quasi-detonation or fully developed detonation. The stability of ensuing detonations is discussed, along with the conditions that may lead to their extinction. © 2012 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.

  7. Detonation duct gas generator demonstration program (United States)

    Wortman, Andrew; Brinlee, Gayl A.; Othmer, Peter; Whelan, Michael A.


    The feasibility of the generation of detonation waves moving periodically across high speed channel flow is experimentally demonstrated. Such waves are essential to the concept of compressing requirements and increasing the engine pressure compressor with the objective of reducing conventional compressor requirements and increasing the engine thermodynamic efficiency through isochoric energy addition. By generating transient transverse waves, rather than standing waves, shock wave losses are reduced by an order of magnitude. The ultimate objective is to use such detonation ducts downstream of a low pressure gas turbine compressor to produce a high overall pressure ratio thermodynamic cycle. A 4 foot long, 1 inch x 12 inch cross-section, detonation duct was operated in a blow-down mode using compressed air reservoirs. Liquid or vapor propane was injected through injectors or solenoid valves located in the plenum or the duct itself. Detonation waves were generated when the mixture was ignited by a row of spark plugs in the duct wall. Problems with fuel injection and mixing limited the air speeds to about Mach 0.5, frequencies to below 10 Hz, and measured pressure ratios of about 5 to 6. The feasibility of the gas dynamic compression was demonstrated and the critical problem areas were identified.

  8. Stability of Chapman Jouguet detonations for a stiffened-gas model of condensed-phase explosives (United States)

    Short, Mark; Bdzil, John B.; Anguelova, Iana I.


    The analysis of the linear stability of a planar Chapman Jouguet detonation wave is reformulated for an arbitrary caloric (incomplete) equation of state in an attempt to better represent the stability properties of detonations in condensed-phase explosives. Calculations are performed on a ‘stiffened-gas’ equation of state which allows us to prescribe a finite detonation Mach number while simultaneously allowing for a detonation shock pressure that is substantially larger than the ambient pressure. We show that the effect of increasing the ambient sound speed in the material, for a given detonation speed, has a stabilizing effect on the detonation. We also show that the presence of the slow reaction stage, a feature of detonations in certain types of energetic materials, where the detonation structure is characterized by a fast reaction stage behind the detonation shock followed by a slow reaction stage, tends to have a destabilizing effect.

  9. Instability of planar detonation front in energetic materials (United States)

    Budzevich, Mikalai; Zhakhovsky, Vasily; Landerville, Aaron; White, Carter; Oleynik, Ivan


    Detonation wave propagation in solid energetic materials (EMs), as described by the standard AB model, was studied using a novel moving window molecular dynamics (MW-MD) technique. Parameters of the AB model were modified to investigate the mechanisms of detonation propagation in EMs as a function of the activation barrier for the chemical reaction AB+B -> A+BB + 3 eV. For barriers below 0.2 eV, the detonation front structure remained planar irregardless of the cross-section of the sample. For higher activation barriers, the one-dimensional planar detonation evolves into a cellular detonation upon increase of one of the transverse dimensions of the sample. The cellular detonation transforms into a stable three-dimensional turbulent-like detonation upon simultaneous increase of both transverse dimensions of the sample. These various instabilities of the planar detonation front in solid EMs observed in our MW-MD simulations mirror the major regimes of gas-phase detonation, thus confirming the universal nature of detonation phenomena.

  10. Explosive Products EOS: Adjustment for detonation speed and energy release

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    Menikoff, Ralph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    Propagating detonation waves exhibit a curvature effect in which the detonation speed decreases with increasing front curvature. The curvature effect is due to the width of the wave profile. Numerically, the wave profile depends on resolution. With coarse resolution, the wave width is too large and results in a curvature effect that is too large. Consequently, the detonation speed decreases as the cell size is increased. We propose a modification to the products equation of state (EOS) to compensate for the effect of numerical resolution; i.e., to increase the CJ pressure in order that a simulation propagates a detonation wave with a speed that is on average correct. The EOS modification also adjusts the release isentrope to correct the energy release.

  11. 2-dimensional Helium Detonations on the Surface of Neutron Stars (United States)

    Zingale, M.; Timmes, F. X.; Fryxell, B.; Lamb, D. Q.; Olson, K.; Ricker, P.; Calder, A. C.; Dursi, L. J.; Rosner, R.; Truran, J. W.

    We present two-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations of helium detonations on the surfaces of neutron stars performed with the FLASH Code -- a multidimensional, adaptive hydrodynamics code developed at the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago. These calculations show the evolution of the detonation as it breaks through the atmosphere of the neutron star and propagates across the surface. The calculation shows a series of surface waves propagating behind the detonation, and the bouncing of the atmosphere as the detonation evolves. The sensitivity of the results to spatial resolution and initial conditions are explored. The event is followed as the detonation travels 2 km across the surface of the neutron star. The detonation velocity implies a timescale of a few milliseconds to propagate around the star. The relevance of such a model to observed X-ray bursts is discussed.

  12. Detonation command and control (United States)

    Mace, Jonathan L.; Seitz, Gerald J.; Echave, John A.; Le Bas, Pierre-Yves


    The detonation of one or more explosive charges and propellant charges by a detonator in response to a fire control signal from a command and control system comprised of a command center and instrumentation center with a communications link there between. The fire control signal is selectively provided to the detonator from the instrumentation center if plural detonation control switches at the command center are in a fire authorization status, and instruments, and one or more interlocks, if included, are in a ready for firing status. The instrumentation and command centers are desirably mobile, such as being respective vehicles.

  13. Detonation command and control

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    Mace, Jonathan L.; Seitz, Gerald J.; Echave, John A.; Le Bas, Pierre-Yves


    The detonation of one or more explosive charges and propellant charges by a detonator in response to a fire control signal from a command and control system comprised of a command center and instrumentation center with a communications link therebetween. The fire control signal is selectively provided to the detonator from the instrumentation center if plural detonation control switches at the command center are in a fire authorization status, and instruments, and one or more interlocks, if included, are in a ready for firing status. The instrumentation and command centers are desirably mobile, such as being respective vehicles.

  14. Detonation command and control

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    Mace, Jonathan Lee; Seitz, Gerald J.; Echave, John A.; Le Bas, Pierre-Yves


    The detonation of one or more explosive charges and propellant charges by a detonator in response to a fire control signal from a command and control system comprised of a command center and instrumentation center with a communications link therebetween. The fire control signal is selectively provided to the detonator from the instrumentation center if plural detonation control switches at the command center are in a fire authorization status, and instruments, and one or more interlocks, if included, are in a ready for firing status. The instrumentation and command centers are desirably mobile, such as being respective vehicles.

  15. Numerical analysis of thermonuclear detonation in dense plasma (United States)

    Avronin, Y. N.; Bunatyan, A. A.; Gadzhiyev, A. D.; Mustafin, K. A.; Nurbakov, A. S.; Pisarev, V. N.; Feoktistov, L. P.; Frolov, V. D.; Shibarshov, L. I.


    The propagation of thermonuclear combustion from the region heated to thermonuclear temperatures by an external source to the remaining part of the target was investigated. The target was a tube of inert material (gold, lead, beryllium, etc.) filled with a deuterium-tritium mixture. It was determined analytically that thermonuclear combustion can propagate from a small portion of a nonspherical target to the remainder of the target and that a steady-state thermonuclear detonation wave can be formed. The role of various physical processes in thermonuclear detonation was investigated. Shock wave is the main mechanism underlying detonation propagation. The detonation rate and intensity of the thermonuclear reaction is influenced by the leakage of heat due to transvere heat conductivity. The critical diameter for thermonuclear detonation was determined approximately for a plasma filament encased in a housing with twice the density of the fuel.

  16. On the stability of thermonuclear detonation in supernovae events (United States)

    Kriminski, S. A.; Bychkov, V. V.; Liberman, M. A.


    The stability of a plane stationary thermonuclear detonation in an exploding carbon white dwarf is investigated. It is shown that detonation is unstable in a wide range of densities of white dwarf matter from ϱ ≈ 2 × 10 7g/cm 3 to ϱ = 3 × 10 9g/cm 3. The detonation wave becomes stable at low densities ϱ ≲ 10 7g/cm 3 typical for a pre-expanded white dwarf. An important feature of the obtained detonation stability spectrum is the presence of unstable modes of zero frequency, that may result in self-quenching of the detonation at the non-linear stage of the instability. Therefore, the detonation stability analysis suggests that detonation in white dwarfs cannot propagate at sufficiently high densities: ϱ ≥ 2.1 × 10 7g/cm 3. The effect of the detonation self-quenching at high densities of the carbon-oxygen fuel may provide the physical explanation for the delayed detonation triggering in the thermonuclear supernovae.

  17. Detonation propagation in a high loss configuration

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    Jackson, Scott I [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Shepherd, Joseph E [CALTECH


    This work presents an experimental study of detonation wave propagation in tubes with inner diameters (ID) comparable to the mixture cell size. Propane-oxygen mixtures were used in two test section tubes with inner diameters of 1.27 mm and 6.35 mm. For both test sections, the initial pressure of stoichiometric mixtures was varied to determine the effect on detonation propagation. For the 6.35 mm tube, the equivalence ratio {phi} (where the mixture was {phi} C{sub 3}H{sub 8} + 50{sub 2}) was also varied. Detonations were found to propagate in mixtures with cell sizes as large as five times the diameter of the tube. However, under these conditions, significant losses were observed, resulting in wave propagation velocities as slow as 40% of the CJ velocity U{sub CJ}. A review of relevant literature is presented, followed by experimental details and data. Observed velocity deficits are predicted using models that account for boundary layer growth inside detonation waves.

  18. Numerical study of nonequilibrium plasma assisted detonation initiation in detonation tube (United States)

    Zhou, Siyin; Wang, Fang; Che, Xueke; Nie, Wansheng


    Nonequilibrium plasma has shown great merits in ignition and combustion nowadays, which should be especially useful for hypersonic propulsion. A coaxial electrodes configuration was established to investigate the effect of alternating current (AC) dielectric barrier discharge nonequilibrium plasma on the detonation initiation process in a hydrogen-oxygen mixture. A discharge simulation-combustion simulation loosely coupled method was used to simulate plasma assisted detonation initiation. First, the dielectric barrier discharge in the hydrogen-oxygen mixture driven by an AC voltage was simulated, which takes 17 kinds of particles (including positively charged particles, negatively charged particles, and neutral particles) and 47 reactions into account. The temporal and spatial characteristics of the discharge products were obtained. Then, the discharge products were incorporated into the combustion model of a detonation combustor as the initial conditions for the later detonation initiation simulation. Results showed that the number density distributions of plasma species are different in space and time, and develop highly nonuniformly from high voltage electrode to grounded electrode at certain times. All the active species reach their highest concentration at approximately 0.6T (T denotes a discharge cycle). Compared with the no plasma case, the differences of flowfield shape mainly appear in the early stage of the deflagration to detonation transition process. None of the sub-processes (including the very slow combustion, deflagration, over-driven detonation, detonation decay, and propagation of a self-sustained stable detonation wave) have been removed by the plasma. After the formation of a C-J detonation wave, the whole flowfield remains unchanged. With the help of plasma, the deflagration to detonation transition (DDT) time and distance are reduced by about 11.6% and 12.9%, respectively, which should be attributed to the active particles effect of

  19. The Cellular Structure of Carbon Detonations (United States)

    Fryxell, B.; Timmes, F. X.; Zingale, M.; Dursi, L. J.; Ricker, P.; Olson, K.; Calder, A. C.; Tufo, H.; MacNeice, P.; Truran, J. W.; Rosner, R.


    We compare two and three-dimensional simulations of the cellular structure of carbon detonations. The initial density of the carbon is taken to be 107 g cm-3. This value has been suggested as the density at which a deflagration to detonation transition may occur in Type Ia supernovae. An initial planar detonation front becomes unstable and develops a complex structure due to the generation of transverse waves. Differences in the amount of asymmetry between the 2D and 3D cases, as well as the relative sizes of individual cells will be discussed. This work was supported in part by the Department of Energy Grant No. B341495 to the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago under the ASCI Strategic Alliances Program.

  20. On the Cellular Structure of Carbon Detonations (United States)

    Timmes, F. X.; Zingale, M.; Olson, K.; Fryxell, B.; Ricker, P.; Calder, A. C.; Dursi, L. J.; Tufo, H.; MacNeice, P.; Truran, J. W.; Rosner, R.


    We present the results of a numerical study on two-dimensional carbon detonations. For an upstream density of 107 g cm-3 the length-to-width ratio of the detonation cells is about 1.6 and is not strongly dependent on the spatial resolution of the simulation. However, the curvature of the weak incident shocks, strength of the triple points and transverse waves, and sizes of the underreacted and overreacted regions all depend strongly on the spatial resolution of the calculation. These resolution studies help define the minimum resolution required by multidimensional Type Ia supernovae models where the cellular structure of a detonation front is a key feature of the model.

  1. Wave Reflection in 3D Conditions

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    Zanuttigh, Barbara; Andersen, Thomas Lykke


    Based on recent experiments carried out in wave basin on breakwaters with armour layer of rocks and cubes, this paper examines the dependence of the reflection coefficient on wave directional spreading and obliquity. Results suggest that long-crested and short-crested waves give similar reflection....... The reflection coefficient is markedly dependent on the wave angle of incidence. The performance of formulae available in the literature is checked against the new dataset and a significant improvement is proposed by including the wave obliquity factor that appears in the traditional expression...

  2. Reignition of detonations by reflected shocks (United States)

    Jones, D. A.; Sichel, M.; Oran, E. S.


    Numerical simulations are used to study the diffraction, decay, and reignition that occurs when a detonation propagates past an increase in cross-sectional area in a rectangular tube. The computations solve the time-dependent two-dimensional equations describing a reactive flow in an argon-diluted stoichiometric hydrogen-oxygen mixture at atmospheric pressure. Previous studies have shown that soon after transmission to a larger area, the reaction front decouples from the leading shock and forms a decaying blast wave (“bubble”) in the larger tube. Then, depending on the initial conditions, the detonation either continues to decay or is reignited as the bubble reflects off confining surfaces. For a strongly overdriven initiating detonation, reignition occurs through an interaction between the bubble and the original contact surface. For a more weakly driven system, reignition can occur in two ways: either in the slip line and Mach stem of the Mach reflection formed when the bubble reflects off the bottom surface of the tube, or by multiple shock interactions that occur when the reflected bubble overtakes the initial detonation front. The computations show the evolution and development of the cellular structure of the steady detonation front.

  3. Equations of state for explosive detonation products: The PANDA model

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    Kerley, G.I.


    This paper discusses a thermochemical model for calculating equations of state (EOS) for the detonation products of explosives. This model, which was first presented at the Eighth Detonation Symposium, is available in the PANDA code and is referred to here as ``the Panda model``. The basic features of the PANDA model are as follows. (1) Statistical-mechanical theories are used to construct EOS tables for each of the chemical species that are to be allowed in the detonation products. (2) The ideal mixing model is used to compute the thermodynamic functions for a mixture of these species, and the composition of the system is determined from assumption of chemical equilibrium. (3) For hydrocode calculations, the detonation product EOS are used in tabular form, together with a reactive burn model that allows description of shock-induced initiation and growth or failure as well as ideal detonation wave propagation. This model has been implemented in the three-dimensional Eulerian code, CTH.

  4. Reduced detonation kinetics and detonation structure in one- and multi-fuel gaseous mixtures (United States)

    Fomin, P. A.; Trotsyuk, A. V.; Vasil’ev, A. A.


    Two-step approximate models of chemical kinetics of detonation combustion of (i) one-fuel (CH4/air) and (ii) multi-fuel gaseous mixtures (CH4/H2/air and CH4/CO/air) are developed for the first time. The models for multi-fuel mixtures are proposed for the first time. Owing to the simplicity and high accuracy, the models can be used in multi-dimensional numerical calculations of detonation waves in corresponding gaseous mixtures. The models are in consistent with the second law of thermodynamics and Le Chatelier’s principle. Constants of the models have a clear physical meaning. Advantages of the kinetic model for detonation combustion of methane has been demonstrated via numerical calculations of a two-dimensional structure of the detonation wave in a stoichiometric and fuel-rich methane-air mixtures and stoichiometric methane-oxygen mixture. The dominant size of the detonation cell, determines in calculations, is in good agreement with all known experimental data.

  5. The Fluid Dynamics of a Pulse Detonation Engine-V (United States)

    Kailasanath, K.; Li, C.


    Pulsed Detonation Engines (PDE) have received considerable attention recently because they have the potential to make a major impact in aerospace propulsion. Previously, several aspects of the fluid dynamics of a PDE have been presented at these meetings. Reliable and repeated low-energy initiation of detonations in the high-speed flow in PDEs operating on fuel-air mixtures is one of the remaining challenging problems. Experimentally, it is difficult to directly initiate most fuel-air mixtures of interest in PDE tubes of realistic sizes. Therefore, one of the approaches adopted is to use a more detonable fuel-oxygen mixture to initiate a detonation wave and then transition the detonation into the desired fuel-air mixture. In the past, we have presented results on the detonation transition from ethylene-oxygen to ethylene-air mixtures and compared them to experimental observations. However, for this approach to be practically feasible, the amount of oxygen needed must be minimal. The recent emphasis of our work has been on the development of a technique involving annular, imploding shock waves for initiating detonations without any additional oxygen. The robustness of this technique, mechanisms involved and computational demonstration of its effectiveness will be presented.

  6. Numerical analysis of a two-dimensional nonsteady detonations (United States)

    Taki, S.; Fujiwara, T.


    In the present work a system of two-dimensional nonsteady hydrodynamic and chemical kinetic equations was numerically integrated for an exothermic system. Assumed two-step reaction model simulates practically an oxyhydrogen mixture. The calculation starts from a plane Chapman-Jouguet detonation as an initial condition. Two-dimensional disturbances are generated by artificially placing nonuniformities ahead of the detonation front. Regardless of the difference of the given initial disturbances, a fixed number of triple shock waves were produced for a fixed combination of mixture model and geometry when the transition period was over. This shows that for a given detonation tube geometry any exothermic system has its own characteristic multidimensional structure. The obtained number of triple shock waves contained in the detonation front was in agreement with existing experimental observations under the same condition.

  7. Multiple-cycle Simulation of a Pulse Detonation Engine Ejector (United States)

    Yungster, S.; Perkins, H. D.


    This paper presents the results of a study involving single and multiple-cycle numerical simulations of various PDE-ejector configurations utilizing hydrogen-oxygen mixtures. The objective was to investigate the thrust, impulse and mass flow rate characteristics of these devices. The results indicate that ejector systems can utilize the energy stored in the strong shock wave exiting the detonation tube to augment the impulse obtained from the detonation tube alone. Impulse augmentation ratios of up to 1.9 were achieved. The axial location of the converging-diverging ejectors relative to the end of the detonation tube were shown to affect the performance of the system.

  8. Unsteady self-sustained detonation in flake aluminum dust/air mixtures (United States)

    Liu, Q.; Li, S.; Huang, J.; Zhang, Y.


    Self-sustained detonation waves in flake aluminum dust/air mixtures have been studied in a tube of diameter 199 mm and length 32.4 m. A pressure sensor array of 32 sensors mounted around certain circumferences of the tube was used to measure the shape of the detonation front in the circumferential direction and pressure histories of the detonation wave. A two-head spin detonation wave front was observed for the aluminum dust/air mixtures, and the cellular structure resulting from the spinning movement of the triple point was analyzed. The variations in velocity and overpressure of the detonation wave with propagation distance in a cell were studied. The interactions of waves in triple-point configurations were analyzed and the flow-field parameters were calculated. Three types of triple-point configuration have been found in the wave front of the detonation wave of an aluminum dust/air mixture. Both strong and weak transverse waves exist in the unstable self-sustained detonation wave.

  9. Detonation in Sub-Chandrasekhar Mass SN Ia (United States)

    Moll, Rainer; Woosley, S. E.


    A possible formation channel for type Ia supernovae involves a sub-Chandrasekhar mass carbon-oxygen white dwarf that has accumulated an outer layer of helium from a companion star. It is assumed that a thermonuclear runaway starts in a local region in the (turbulently convecting) helium shell, setting off a detonation which at first only affects the helium. While this helium detonation is not likely to cross the core/shell boundary and light the core directly, it induces compressional waves inside the core. These waves may converge and produce a hot spot that initiates a secondary detonation wave in the core. Only the incineration of the core produces the necessary amounts of the radioactive isotope nickel-56 which are needed for a type Ia SN. I have performed multi-dimensional simulations of this so-called double detonation scenario, showing that core detonation is induced even in circumstances which do not assume symmetries, as would arise if the helium is ignited at multiple points. However, the helium detonation is hard to set off in dwarfs with low-mass helium shells which yield the kind of spectra that are most typical for Ia's.

  10. Modeling the suppression of cellular detonation in a hydrogen-air mixture by inert particles (United States)

    Bedarev, I. A.; Fedorov, A. V.


    A technique for calculating two-dimensional detonation flows in a system consisting of a reacting gas mixture and inert particles has been developed to analyze problems related to the suppression of cellular detonation. The results of numerical simulation of the interaction of a cellular detonation wave with a cloud of fixed isothermal particles are presented. The calculations were carried out for a two-dimensional inviscid model using the ANSYS Fluent software. The interaction with particles of diameter 100 μm with a volume concentration of 10-4 ÷ 10-2 was investigated. The volume concentrations leading to a change in the size of the detonation cell, attenuation of the detonation wave, and detonation failure were obtained.

  11. Detonation Shock Dynamics Modelling with Arbitrary Boundaries (United States)

    Hodgson, Alexander


    The Detonation Shock Dynamics (DSD) model can be used to predict detonation wave propagation in a high explosive (HE). The detonation wave is prescribed a velocity that depends on its curvature. Additionally, the angle between the wave and the HE boundary may not exceed a specified ``boundary angle'', the value of which depends on the HE and its confining material(s). The level-set method is commonly used to drive DSD computation. Boundary conditions are applied to the level-set field at the charge edges to maintain the explosive boundary angle criteria. The position of the boundary must be accurate and continuous across adjacent cells to achieve accurate and robust results. This is mainly an issue for mixed material meshes where the boundary does not coincide with the cell boundaries. For such meshes, a set of volume fractions defines the amount of material in each cell. The boundary is defined implicitly by the volume fractions, and must be reconstructed to an explicit form for use in DSD. This work describes a novel synthesis of the level-set method and simulated annealing, an optimisation method used to reconstruct the boundary. The accuracy and robustness of the resulting DSD calculation are evaluated with a range of test problems.

  12. Non ideal detonation of emulsion explosives mixed with metal particles (United States)

    Mendes, R.; Ribeiro, J.; Plaksin, I.; Campos, J.


    The detonation of ammonium nitrate based compositions like emulsion explosives (EX) mixed with metal particles has been investigated experimentally. Aluminium powder with a mean particle size of 10 μm was used, and the mass concentration of aluminum on the explosive charge was ranged from 0 to 30%. The values of the detonation velocity, the pressure attenuation - P(x) - of detonation front amplitude in a standard PMMA monitor and manganin gauges pressure-time histories are shown as a function of the explosive charge porosity and specific mass. All these parameters except the pressure-times histories have been evaluated using the multi fiber optical probe (MFOP) method which is based on the use of an optical fiber strip, with 64 independent optical fibers. The MFOP allow a quasi continuous evaluation of the detonation wave run propagation and the assessment to spatial resolved measurements of the shock wave induced in the PMMA barrier which in turns allows a detailed characterization of the detonation reaction zone structure. Results of that characterization process are presented and discussed for aluminized and non aluminized EX. Moreover, the effect of the mass concentration of the sensitizing agent (hollow glass micro-balloons) on the non monotonic detonation velocity variation, for EX, will be discussed.

  13. Clamp for detonating fuze (United States)

    Holderman, E. J.


    Quick acting clamp provides physical support for a closely confined detonating fuse in an application requiring removal and replacement at frequent intervals during test. It can be designed with a base of any required strength and configuration to permit the insertion of an object.

  14. Novel Small-scale Technique for Determining Detonation Velocity (United States)

    Preston, Daniel; Hill, Larry; Tappan, Bryce


    Measuring the local detonation velocity of an explosive has been limited to rate stick and cylinder tests. These tests traditionally used break wires, pins, and more recently PDV as a velocity diagnostic. These experimental techniques can be very accurate at measuring detonation velocities but are costly and require tens to hundreds of grams of material. This paper presents a novel small-scale technique for inferring detonation velocity from a modest sized pellet of explosive. A streak image is taken of the breakout shock on the flat output side of the pellet. Assuming a spherical shock wave, one can show that the breakout trace is of hyperbolic form. From this, one can simultaneously infer detonation velocty and apparent center. This method is ideal for energetic formulation and synthesis development due to the small amount of material required. Furthermore, this paper discusses the accuracy and limitations of this technique.

  15. Qualitative modeling of the dynamics of detonations with losses

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    Faria, Luiz


    We consider a simplified model for the dynamics of one-dimensional detonations with generic losses. It consists of a single partial differential equation that reproduces, at a qualitative level, the essential properties of unsteady detonation waves, including pulsating and chaotic solutions. In particular, we investigate the effects of shock curvature and friction losses on detonation dynamics. To calculate steady-state solutions, a novel approach to solving the detonation eigenvalue problem is introduced that avoids the well-known numerical difficulties associated with the presence of a sonic point. By using unsteady numerical simulations of the simplified model, we also explore the nonlinear stability of steady-state or quasi-steady solutions. © 2014 The Combustion Institute.

  16. Chapman-Jouguet deflagrations and their transition to detonation

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    Saif, Mohamed; Pekalski, Andrzej; Levin, Marc; Radulescu, Matei I


    We study experimentally fast flames and their transition to detonation in mixtures of methane, ethane, ethylene, acetylene, and propane mixtures with oxygen. Following the interaction of a detonation wave with a column of cylinders of varying blockage ratio, the experiments demonstrate that the fast flames established are Chapman-Jouguet deflagrations, in excellent agreement with the self-similar model of Radulescu et al. (2015). The experiments indicate that these Chapman-Jouguet deflagrations dynamically restructure and amplify into fewer stronger modes until the eventual transition to detonation. The transition length to a self-sustained detonation was found to correlate very well with the mixtures' sensitivity to temperature fluctuations, reflected by the $\\chi$ parameter introduced by Radulescu, which is the product of the non-dimensional activation energy $E_a/RT$ and the ratio of chemical induction to reaction time $t_i/t_r$. Correlation of the measured DDT lengths determined that the relevant characte...

  17. Environmentally Benign Stab Detonators

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    Gash, A


    Many energetic systems can be activated via mechanical means. Percussion primers in small caliber ammunition and stab detonators used in medium caliber ammunition are just two examples. Current medium caliber (20-60mm) munitions are detonated through the use of impact sensitive stab detonators. Stab detonators are very sensitive and must be small, as to meet weight and size limitations. A mix of energetic powders, sensitive to mechanical stimulus, is typically used to ignite such devices. Stab detonators are mechanically activated by forcing a firing pin through the closure disc of the device and into the stab initiating mix. Rapid heating caused by mechanically driven compression and friction of the mixture results in its ignition. The rapid decomposition of these materials generates a pressure/temperature pulse that is sufficient to initiate a transfer charge, which has enough output energy to detonate the main charge. This general type of ignition mix is used in a large variety of primers, igniters, and detonators.[1] Common primer mixes, such as NOL-130, are made up of lead styphnate (basic) 40%, lead azide (dextrinated) 20%, barium nitrate 20%, antimony sulfide 15%, and tetrazene 5%.[1] These materials pose acute and chronic toxicity hazards during mixing of the composition and later in the item life cycle after the item has been field functioned. There is an established need to replace these mixes on toxicity, health, and environmental hazard grounds. This effort attempts to demonstrate that environmentally acceptable energetic solgel coated flash metal multilayer nanocomposites can be used to replace current impact initiated devices (IIDs), which have hazardous and toxic components. Successful completion of this project will result in IIDs that include innocuous compounds, have sufficient output energy for initiation, meet current military specifications, are small, cost competitive, and perform as well as or better than current devices. We expect flash

  18. Material properties effects on the detonation spreading and propagation of diaminoazoxyfurazan (DAAF)

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    Francois, Elizabeth Green [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Morris, John S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Novak, Alan M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kennedy, James E [HERE LLC


    Recent dynamic testing of Diaminoazoxyfurazan (DAAF) has focused on understanding the material properties affecting the detonation propagation, spreading, behavior and symmetry. Small scale gap testing and wedge testing focus on the sensitivity to shock with the gap test including the effects of particle size and density. Floret testing investigates the detonation spreading as it is affected by particle size, density, and binder content. The polyrho testing illustrates the effects of density and binder content on the detonation velocity. Finally the detonation spreading effect can be most dramatically seen in the Mushroom and Onionskin tests where the variations due to density gradients, pressing methods and geometry can be seen on the wave breakout behavior.

  19. Influence of Turbulent Fluctuations on Detonation Propagation

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    Maxwell, Brian McN; Lau-Chapdelaine, Sebastien S M; Falle, Sam A E G; Sharpe, Gary J; Radulescu, Matei I


    The present study addresses the reaction zone structure and burning mechanism of unstable detonations. Experiments investigated mainly two-dimensional methane-oxygen cellular detonations in a thin channel geometry. The sufficiently high temporal resolution permitted to determine the PDF of the shock distribution, a power-law with an exponent of -3, and the burning rate of unreacted pockets from their edges - through surface turbulent flames with a speed approximately 3-7 times larger than the laminar one at the local conditions. Numerical simulations were performed using a novel Large Eddy Simulation method where the reactions due to both auto-ignition and turbulent transport and treated exactly at the sub-grid scale in a reaction-diffusion formulation. The model is an extension of Kerstein & Menon's Linear Eddy Model for Large Eddy Simulation to treat flows with shock waves and rapid gasdynamic transients. The two-dimensional simulations recovered well the amplification of the laminar flame speed owing t...

  20. Suppression of gas detonation by a dust cloud at reduced mixture pressures (United States)

    Pinaev, A. V.; Vasil'ev, A. A.; Pinaev, P. A.


    The decay of a detonation wave in a mixture propagating through a dust cloud is experimentally studied for three types of silica sand with particle sizes 250-600, 120-250, and 90-120 , mean volume densities 2.2-3.5 g/l, and initial pressure 0.1-0.01 MPa. A non-monotonic character of reduction of wave velocity in the dust cloud is observed, where a secondary detonation can arise behind the leading front of the wave in the course of its attenuation. This situation is induced by the dual role of sand particles in decelerating the flow and simultaneously generating hot spots that promote reaction excitation. As a result, the mechanism of ignition in the decaying detonation wave becomes different. Critical parameters of the dust cloud providing complete suppression of the detonation wave and the flame propagating behind the latter at a reduced initial pressure of the gas mixture are determined.

  1. Emergence of a Detonation due to an Initial Temperature Gradient (United States)

    Hawa, Takumi; Schwendeman, Donald; Kapila, Ashwani


    Emergence of a detonation in a homogeneous, exothermically reacting medium can be deemed to occur in two phases. The first phase processes the medium so as to create conditions ripe for the onset of detonation. The actual events leading up to preconditioning may vary from one experiment to the next, but typically, at the end of this stage the medium is hot and in a state of nonuniformity. The second phase consists of the actual formation of the detonation wave via chemico-gasdynamic interactions. This phase is analyzed in detail, for an idealized medium with simple, state-sensitive kinetics and a prescribed initial temperature gradient. Depending upon the size of the gradient, there are two distinct pathways to a ZND detonation. For shallow gradients the event begins with a nearly constant-volume localized explosion, followed by the emergence of a supersonic, shockless reaction wave that decelerates to the CJ speed and then rapidly transforms into the ZND structure. For sharp gradients the localized explosion occurs at nearly constant pressure, and the detonation is then formed as a result of an accelerating reaction wave catching up to a shock. Within the second scenario there are further variations. The manner in which the above processes are affected by flow divergence (cylindrical and spherical symmetric cases) is examined as well. The analysis is based on a combination of asymptotics and finely resolved numerics.

  2. Transmission of Thermonuclear Detonations through Layers of Burned Material in Carbon-Oxygen White Dwarfs (United States)

    Gamezo, V. N.; Oran, E. S.


    In three-dimensional delayed-detonation models of type Ia supernovae, detonations propagate through funnels of degenerate carbon-oxygen matter that are left unburned by turbulent deflagrations in central parts of a white dwarf. Some of these funnels can be disconnected from the rest of the unburned material, thus creating unburned pockets that cannot be directly reached by a detonation wave. These pockets may or may not ignite when strong shocks generated by detonations reach them through layers of burned material. In this work, we study the detonation transmission phenomena in exploding white dwarfs using one-dimensional time-dependent numerical simulations based on reactive Euler equations. The thermonuclear burning of carbon-oxygen mixture is modeled by a 13-nuclei alpha network. We use a steady-state solution for the reaction-zone structure of a one-dimensional detonation wave as an initial condition. Time-dependent computations performed for a fully resolved carbon reaction scale show that a detonation shock passing through a layer of burned material can initiate a new detonation or decay. The critical thickness of burned material that allows the detonation reignition is a function of density. This work was supported in part by the NASA ATP program (NRA-02-OSS-01-ATP) and by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) through the Office of Naval Research.

  3. The role of multidimensional instabilities in direct initiation of gaseous detonations in free space

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    Shen, Hua


    We numerically investigate the direct initiation of detonations driven by the propagation of a blast wave into a unconfined gaseous combustible mixture to study the role played by multidimensional instabilities in direct initiation of stable and unstable detonations. To this end, we first model the dynamics of unsteady propagation of detonation using the one-dimensional compressible Euler equations with a one-step chemical reaction model and cylindrical geometrical source terms. Subsequently, we use two-dimensional compressible Euler equations with just the chemical reaction source term to directly model cylindrical detonations. The one-dimensional results suggest that there are three regimes in the direct initiation for stable detonations, that the critical energy for mildly unstable detonations is not unique, and that highly unstable detonations are not self-sustainable. These phenomena agree well with one-dimensional theories and computations available in the literature. However, our two-dimensional results indicate that one-dimensional approaches are valid only for stable detonations. In mildly and highly unstable detonations, one-dimensional approaches break down because they cannot take the effects and interactions of multidimensional instabilities into account. In fact, instabilities generated in multidimensional settings yield the formation of strong transverse waves that, on one hand, increase the risk of failure of the detonation and, on the other hand, lead to the initiation of local over-driven detonations that enhance the overall self-sustainability of the global process. The competition between these two possible outcomes plays an important role in the direct initiation of detonations.

  4. Multiplicity of detonation regimes in systems with a multi-peaked thermicity (United States)

    Radulescu, Matei I.; Zhang, Fan


    Bulk exothermicity in most gaseous detonation waves occurs in a single step. There are however several physical systems displaying multiple thermicity peaks. Examples are the nuclear fusion reactions sequence in supernovae explosions, hybrid detonations in multi-phase fuels and other reactive systems. The multiplicity of steady state detonation regimes in the presence of an endothermic internal or external loss is demonstrated through analysis of the reaction zone structure described by the reactive Euler equations with two sequential Arrhenius reactions. The steady Zel'dovich - Von Neumann- Doering reaction structure is obtained numerically. The reaction zone displays embedded sonic points where the net thermicity vanishes simultaneously. Depending on the magnitude of the losses or endothermic process, the detonation wave speed response was found to have multiple steady states and turning points, which are controlled by the magnitude of the kinetic parameters of each reaction. The dependence on system parameters is established analytically using the Fickett detonation analogue model with two sequential reactions.

  5. The Multidimensional Structure of Detonations in Type IA Supernovae (United States)

    Boisseau, John Richelieu


    The thermonuclear explosion of a carbon-oxygen white dwarf that has accreted mass until it approaches the Chandrasekhar limit is widely accepted to be the correct model for Type Ia supernovae (SN Ia). The basic observational characteristics of these models are in general agreement with the observed composition, light curves, and velocities of the ejecta. The mechanism for the explosion, however, is still under debate. Some deflagration models give better agreement with observations, but physical arguments imply that the ignition of a detonation may be unavoidable. Recent numerical models invoking both mechanisms (delayed, or pulsed, detonation models) have yielded promising results. It seems likely that a detonation is at least part of the explosion process for SN Ia. Therefore, understanding detonation propagation in degenerate carbon-oxygen matter is essential. We have constructed a two-dimensional hydrocode with nuclear energy release to study this problem by investigating the multidimensional structure of detonations. Experimental and computational results for detonations in terrestrial fuel-air mixtures show that multidimensional effects are critical to understanding the propagation of real detonations. Multidimensional effects can lead to slower and/or unsteady detonation propagation in simulations of fuel-air mixtures, providing much better agreement with experiments than 1D calculations. We present the first results to show that multidimensional effects are also important for detonations in degenerate carbon -oxygen matter. Perturbations induce transverse waves in the carbon-burning layer, which interact and create pockets of unburned material. This increases the effective size of the induction zone relative to 1D calculations and weakens the detonation. Therefore, the detonation is expected to die at a higher density than predicted by 1D calculations. The presence of these pockets of unburned material also produces a different composition distribution than

  6. High fidelity probing of chemical moieties present in detonation plasmas (United States)

    Johnson, Stephanie; Glumac, Nick

    The intersection of multiple shock waves offers new extreme conditions of pressure, temperature, and shear flow that would not be seen under normal planar detonation conditions. A significant gap in knowledge exists between the computationally modeled and actual physicochemical cascades occurring in the initial stages of the conversion/coupling of energy released during detonation. Experimental results show intensified temperatures and pressures where multiple shocks merge and exhibit a reactive behavior varying from the classical detonation theory based on C-J or ZND models. A newly-developed technique enables the collection of simultaneous imaging and spectra as detonation evolves. The HSFC data is gated to timescales fast enough to avoid the obscuring carbon soot associated with the detonation fireball and maps UV/VIS/NIR emission spectra in a 50 ?m line across the surface. This technique is able to provide information on molecular species present in and the rotational and vibrational molecular energies occurring within the ionized plasma. Extensive studies have been done on plasmas from reacting energetic materials but their role in the formation and self-propagation of the shock waves is unclear.

  7. Non ideal detonation of emulsion explosives mixed with metal particles (United States)

    Mendes, Ricardo; Ribeiro, José B.; Plaksin, I.; Campos, Jose


    The detonation of ammonium nitrate based compositions like emulsion explosives mixed with metal particles was experimentally investigated. Aluminum powder with a mean particle size of 6 μm was used, and the mass concentration of aluminum on the explosive charge ranged from 0 to 30% wt. The values of the detonation velocity, the pressure attenuation - P(x) - of the shock front amplitude in a standard PMMA monitor and manganin gauges pressure-time histories are shown as a function of the explosive charge porosity and specific mass. All these parameters except the pressuretimes histories have been evaluated using the multi-fiber optical probe (MFOP) method which is based on the use of an optical fiber strip, with 64 independent optical fibers. The MFOP allows a quasicontinuous evaluation of the detonation wave run propagation and the assessment of spatial resolved measurements of the shock wave induced in the PMMA barrier. Results of that characterization process are presented and discussed for aluminized and non-aluminized emulsion explosives. The experimental results have shown that the detonation velocity decreases monotonically with the increase of aluminum content. Nevertheless the peak of detonation pressure profiles presents a non-monotonic behavior increasing its value up to an Al content of 20% wt, after which it starts to decrease.

  8. Carbon Detonation and Shock-Triggered Helium Burning in Neutron Star Superbursts


    Weinberg, Nevin N.; Bildsten, Lars


    The strong degeneracy of the 12C ignition layer on an accreting neutron star results in a hydrodynamic thermonuclear runaway, in which the nuclear heating time becomes shorter than the local dynamical time. We model the resulting combustion wave during these superbursts as an upward propagating detonation. We solve the reactive fluid flow and show that the detonation propagates through the deepest layers of fuel and drives a shock wave that steepens as it travels upward into lower density mat...

  9. Asymptotic theory of evolution and failure of self-sustained detonations (United States)

    Kasimov, Aslan R.; Stewart, D. Scott


    Based on a general theory of detonation waves with an embedded sonic locus that we have previously developed, we carry out asymptotic analysis of weakly curved slowly varying detonation waves and show that the theory predicts the phenomenon of detonation ignition and failure. The analysis is not restricted to near Chapman-Jouguet detonation speeds and is capable of predicting quasi-steady, normal detonation shock speed versus curvature (D-κ) curves with multiple turning points. An evolution equation that retains the shock acceleration, skew2dot{D}, namely a skew2dot{D}-D-κ relation is rationally derived which describes the dynamics of pre-existing detonation waves. The solutions of the equation for spherical detonation are shown to reproduce the ignition/failure phenomenon observed in both numerical simulations of blast wave initiation and in experiments. A single-step chemical reaction described by one progress variable is employed, but the kinetics is sufficiently general and is not restricted to Arrhenius form, although most specific calculations are performed for Arrhenius kinetics. As an example, we calculate critical energies of direct initiation for hydrogen-oxygen mixtures and find close agreement with available experimental data.

  10. Shock Waves Science and Technology Library

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    This book, as a volume of the Shock Wave Science and Technology Reference Library, is primarily concerned with the fundamental theory of detonation physics in gaseous and condensed phase reactive media. The detonation process involves complex chemical reaction and fluid dynamics, accompanied by intricate effects of heat, light, electricity and magnetism - a contemporary research field that has found wide applications in propulsion and power, hazard prevention as well as military engineering. The seven extensive chapters contained in this volume are: - Chemical Equilibrium Detonation (S. Bastea and LE Fried) - Steady One-Dimensional Detonations (A Higgins) - Detonation Instability (HD Ng and F Zhang) - Dynamic Parameters of Detonation (AA Vasiliev) - Multi-Scaled Cellular Detonation (D Desbordes and HN Presles) - Condensed Matter Detonation: Theory and Practice (C Tarver) - Theory of Detonation Shock Dynamics (JB Bdzil and DS Stewart) The chapters are thematically interrelated in a systematic descriptive appro...

  11. A computational study of the interaction of gaseous detonations with a compressible layer (United States)

    Reynaud, Maxime; Virot, Florent; Chinnayya, Ashwin


    The propagation of two-dimensional cellular gaseous detonation bounded by an inert layer is examined via computational simulations. The analysis is based on the high-order integration of the reactive Euler equations with a one-step irreversible reaction. To assess whether the cellular instabilities have a significant influence on a detonation yielding confinement, we achieved numerical simulations for several mixtures from very stable to mildly unstable. The cell regularity was controlled through the value of the activation energy, while keeping constant the ideal Zel'dovich - von Neumann - Döring (ZND) half-reaction length. For stable detonations, the detonation velocity deficit and structure are in accordance with the generalized ZND model, which incorporates the losses due to the front curvature. The deviation with this laminar solution is clear as the activation energy is more significant, increasing the flow field complexity, the variations of the detonation velocity, and the transverse wave strength. The chemical length scale gets thicker, as well as the hydrodynamic thickness. The sonic location is delayed due to the presence of hydrodynamic fluctuations, for which the intensity is increased with the activation energy as well as with the losses to a lesser extent. The flow field has been studied through numerical soot foils, detonation velocities, and 2D detonation front profiles, which are consistent with experimental findings. The velocity deficit increases with the cell irregularity. Moreover, the relation between the detonation limits obtained numerically and in detonation experiments with losses is discussed.

  12. Nanocarbon condensation in detonation (United States)

    Bastea, Sorin


    We analyze the definition of the Gibbs free energy of a nanoparticle in a reactive fluid environment, and propose an approach for predicting the size of carbon nanoparticles produced by the detonation of carbon-rich explosives that regards their condensation as a nucleation process and takes into account absolute entropy effects of the cluster population. The results are consistent with experimental observations and indicate that such entropy considerations are important for determining chemical equilibrium states in energetic materials that contain an excess of carbon. The analysis may be useful for other applications that deal with the nucleation of nanoparticles under reactive conditions.

  13. Development of detonations in degenerate stars (United States)

    Blinnikov, S. I.; Khokhlov, A. M.


    It is now widely believed that thermal instability at the center of a carbon-oxygen white dwarf will produce a deflagration wave. In this paper, numerical analysis of the preoutburst conditions near the center of a C-O white dwarf as well as of the three stages of the thermonuclear explosion of the star (i.e., the stages of spontaneous burning front, shock formation, and postshock burning and shock amplification) is presented. It is demonstrated that when a degenerate C-O star explodes as a supernova, thermal instability may cause the thermonuclear burning front to develop into a detonation (rather than a deflagration) regime.

  14. Numerical Simulations of the Cellular Structure of Detonations in Liquid Nitromethane-Regularity of the Cell Structure. (United States)


    31, 1986 Numerical Simulations of the Cellular Structure of Detonations in 0 Liquid Nitromethane-Regularity of the Cell Structure R. GUIRGUIS,* E. S...Numerical Simulations of the Cellular Structure of Detonations in Liquid Nitromethane--Regularity of the Cell Structure 12. PERSONAL AUTHOR(S) R. Guirguis...LIQUID NITROMETHANE-REGULARITY OF THE CELL STRUCTURE INTRODUCTION Detonation waves were treated as steady, one-dimensional phenomena until 1926, when

  15. The role of cellular structure on increasing the detonability limits of three-step chain-branching detonations

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    Short, Mark [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kiyanda, Charles B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Quirk, James J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sharpe, Gary J [UNIV OF LEEDS, UK


    In [1], the dynamics of a pulsating three-step chain-branching detonation were studied. The reaction model consists of, sequentially, chain-initiation, chain-branching and chain-termination steps. The chain-initiation and chain-branching steps are taken to be thermally neutral, with chemical energy release occuring in the chain-termination stage. The purpose of the present study is to examine whether cellular detonation structure can increase the value of the chain-branching cross-over temperature T{sub b} at which fully coupled detonation solutions are observed over those in 1 D. The basic concept is straightforward and has been discussed in [1] and [3]; if T{sub s} drops below T{sub b} at the lead shock, the passage of a transverse shock can increase both the lead shock temperature and the temperature behind the transverse wave back above T{sub b}, thus sustaining an unstable cellular detonation for values of T{sub b} for which a one-dimensional pulsating detonation will fail. Experiments potentially supporting this hypothesis with irregular detonations have been shown in [3] in a shock tube with acoustically absorbing walls. Removal of the transverse waves results in detonation failure, giving way to a decoupled shock-flame complex. A number of questions remain to be addressed regarding the possibility of such a mechanism, and, if so, about the precise mechanisms driving the cellular structure for large T{sub b}. For instance, one might ask what sets the cell size in a chain-branching detonation, particularly could the characteristic cell size be set by the chain-branching cross-over temperature T{sub b}: after a transverse wave shock collision, the strength of the transverse wave weakens as it propagates along the front. If the spacing between shock collisions is too large (cell size), then the transverse shocks may weaken to the extent that the lead shock temperature or that behind the transverse waves is not raised above T{sub b}, losing chemical energy to

  16. Fluidically Augmented Nozzles for Pulse Detonation Engine Applications (United States)


    Enters the Diverging Section of the Nozzle Due to the large vibrations and shock waves associated with a detonation, the shadowgraph mirrors and laser...began to vibrate during the test which eventually caused the picture quality to degrade as the vibrations from the detonation travel throughout the...COOH tpis91 *C2 g 6/01 C2H g 1/91 C2H2, acetylene g 5/01 C2H2,vinylidene g 4/02 CH2CO,ketene g 3/02

  17. Process Investigation of Tube Expansion by Gas Detonation


    Bach, F.-W.; Beerwald, C.; Brosius, A.; Gershteyn, G.; Hermes, M.; Kleiner, M.; Olivier, H.; Weber, M.


    The present paper deals with the expansion of tubes by direct application of gas detonation waves, i.e. the gas is both pressure medium and energy source. After an introduction to gas detonation forming, measurements of the motion process and the internal pressures are presented. Results of free expansion and of forming into a die are thoroughly studied and compared to the results of quasi-static burst tests and hydroforming. Using pure aluminum Al99.5 and a medium strength alloy AlMgSi1, ...

  18. Confined detonations with cylindrical and spherical symmetry; Detonaciones confinadas con simetria esferica y cilindrica

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    Linan, A.; Lecuona, A.


    An imploding spherical or cylindrical detonation, starting in the interface of the detonantion with an external inert media, used as a reflector, creates on it a strong shock wave moving outward from the interface. An initially weak shock wave appears in the detonated media that travels toward the center, and it could reach the detonation wave, enforcing it in its process of implosion. To describe the fluid field, the Euler s equations are solved by means of expansions valid for the early stages of the process. Isentropic of the type P/p{gamma}-K for the detonated and compressed inert media are used. For liquid or solid reflectors a more appropriate equation is used. (Author) 8 refs.

  19. A thermochemically derived global reaction mechanism for detonation application (United States)

    Zhu, Y.; Yang, J.; Sun, M.


    A 4-species 4-step global reaction mechanism for detonation calculations is derived from detailed chemistry through thermochemical approach. Reaction species involved in the mechanism and their corresponding molecular weight and enthalpy data are derived from the real equilibrium properties. By substituting these global species into the results of constant volume explosion and examining the evolution process of these global species under varied conditions, reaction paths and corresponding rates are summarized and formulated. The proposed mechanism is first validated to the original chemistry through calculations of the CJ detonation wave, adiabatic constant volume explosion, and the steady reaction structure after a strong shock wave. Good agreement in both reaction scales and averaged thermodynamic properties has been achieved. Two sets of reaction rates based on different detailed chemistry are then examined and applied for numerical simulations of two-dimensional cellular detonations. Preliminary results and a brief comparison between the two mechanisms are presented. The proposed global mechanism is found to be economic in computation and also competent in description of the overall characteristics of detonation wave. Though only stoichiometric acetylene-oxygen mixture is investigated in this study, the method to derive such a global reaction mechanism possesses a certain generality for premixed reactions of most lean hydrocarbon mixtures.

  20. [The Diagnostics of Detonation Flow External Field Based on Multispectral Absorption Spectroscopy Technology]. (United States)

    Lü, Xiao-jing; Li, Ning; Weng, Chun-sheng


    show that both of the temperature and H2O concentration rose with the arrival of detonation wave. With the increase of the vertical distance between the detonation tube nozzle and the laser path, the time of temperature and concentration coming to the peak delayed, and the temperature variation trend tended to slow down. At 20 cm from detonation tube nozzle, the maximum temperature hit 1 329 K and the maximum H2O concentration of 0.19 occurred at 4 ms after ignition. The research can provide with us the support for expanding the detonation test field with absorption spectroscopy technology, and can also help to promote the detonation mechanism research and to enhance the level of detonation engine control technology.

  1. Detonation in supersonic radial outflow

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    Kasimov, Aslan R.


    We report on the structure and dynamics of gaseous detonation stabilized in a supersonic flow emanating radially from a central source. The steady-state solutions are computed and their range of existence is investigated. Two-dimensional simulations are carried out in order to explore the stability of the steady-state solutions. It is found that both collapsing and expanding two-dimensional cellular detonations exist. The latter can be stabilized by putting several rigid obstacles in the flow downstream of the steady-state sonic locus. The problem of initiation of standing detonation stabilized in the radial flow is also investigated numerically. © 2014 Cambridge University Press.

  2. The development and testing of pulsed detonation engine ground demonstrators (United States)

    Panicker, Philip Koshy


    The successful implementation of a PDE running on fuel and air mixtures will require fast-acting fuel-air injection and mixing techniques, detonation initiation techniques such as DDT enhancing devices or a pre-detonator, an effective ignition system that can sustain repeated firing at high rates and a fast and capable, closed-loop control system. The control system requires high-speed transducers for real-time monitoring of the PDE and the detection of the detonation wave speed. It is widely accepted that the detonation properties predicted by C-J detonation relations are fairly accurate in comparison to experimental values. The post-detonation flow properties can also be expressed as a function of wave speed or Mach number. Therefore, the PDE control system can use C-J relations to predict the post-detonation flow properties based on measured initial conditions and compare the values with those obtained from using the wave speed. The controller can then vary the initial conditions within the combustor for the subsequent cycle, by modulating the frequency and duty cycle of the valves, to obtain optimum air and fuel flow rates, as well as modulate the energy and timing of the ignition to achieve the required detonation properties. Five different PDE ground demonstrators were designed, built and tested to study a number of the required sub-systems. This work presents a review of all the systems that were tested, along with suggestions for their improvement. The PDE setups, ranged from a compact PDE with a 19 mm (3/4 in.) i.d., to two 25 mm (1 in.) i.d. setups, to a 101 mm (4 in.) i.d. dual-stage PDE setup with a pre-detonator. Propane-oxygen mixtures were used in the smaller PDEs. In the dual-stage PDE, propane-oxygen was used in the pre-detonator, while propane-air mixtures were used in the main combustor. Both rotary valves and solenoid valve injectors were studied. The rotary valves setups were tested at 10 Hz, while the solenoid valves were tested at up to 30 Hz

  3. Detonation propagation in hydrogen-air mixtures with transverse concentration gradients (United States)

    Boeck, L. R.; Berger, F. M.; Hasslberger, J.; Sattelmayer, T.


    The influence of transverse concentration gradients on detonation propagation in H_2-air mixtures is investigated experimentally in a wide parameter range. Detonation fronts are characterized by means of high-speed shadowgraphy, OH* imaging, pressure measurements, and soot foils. Steep concentration gradients at low average H_2 concentrations lead to single-headed detonations. A maximum velocity deficit compared to the Chapman-Jouguet velocity of 9 % is observed. Significant amounts of mixture seem to be consumed by turbulent deflagration behind the leading detonation. Wall pressure measurements show high local pressure peaks due to strong transverse waves caused by the concentration gradients. Higher average H_2 concentrations or weaker gradients allow for multi-headed detonation propagation.

  4. Exergetic efficiency analysis of hydrogen–air detonation in pulse detonation combustor using computational fluid dynamics

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    Debnath, Pinku; Pandey, KM

    .... Detonation is thermodynamically more efficient than deflagration mode of combustion. Detonation combustion technology inside the pulse detonation engine using hydrogen as a fuel is energetic propulsion system for next generation...

  5. Hydraulic Response of Caisson Breakwaters in Multidirectional Breaking and Non-Breaking Waves

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    Grønbech, J.; Kofoed, Jens Peter; Hald, Tue


    The present paper concerns the results and findings of a physical study on wave impacts on vertical caisson breakwaters situated in irregular, multidirectional breaking seas. The study has taken place as part of the framework programme "Dynamic of Structures" financially supported by the Danish...... Technical Research Council, during the period of January '97 to December '97. The tests were carried out in the 3D wave basin at the Hydraulics and Coastal Engineering Laboratory, Aalborg University. The objective of the study was to asses the effects of wave obliquity and multidirectionality on the wave...

  6. Analysis of Overtopping Flow on Sea Dikes in Oblique and Short-Crested Waves

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    Nørgaard, Jørgen Harck; Andersen, Thomas Lykke; Burcharth, Hans F.


    in a shallow water basin at Aalborg University to cover the so far unknown 3D effects from oblique long-crested and short-crested waves. Based on results from the laboratory tests, expansions are proposed to the existing 2D formulae so as to cover oblique and short-crested waves. The wave obliquity is seen......Dike resilience against wave overtopping has gained more and more attention in recent years due to the effect of expected future climate changes. The overtopping flow velocities and flow depths on dikes have recently been studied in 2D small-scale experiments. This has led to semi...

  7. Light-initiated detonation systems (United States)

    Cooper, Stafford S.; Malone, Philip G.; Bartholomew, Stephen W.; Necker, William J.


    Numerous light sources could be employed in detonation systems, but lasers have the most efficient coupling to optical fibers and can generate energetic light pulses required for detonation. Flash lamp-pumped, solid state lasers are presently the most useful light source for explosive initiation. Laser diodes in current production cannot generate enough energy for practical applications. The most useful optical fiber for blast line application is a step index fiber with a large core-to-cladding ratio. The large core minimizes energy losses due to misalignment core of fibers in connectors. Couplers that involve mechanically crimped connectors and cleaved fibers, rather than the epoxy-cemented connectors with polished fibers, provide superior energy transmission due to the reduced carbonization at the fiber end. Detonators for optical initiation systems are similar in basic construction to those employed in electrical initiation systems. Explosive and pyrotechnic charges can also be similar. Either primary or secondary explosives can be initiated in present laser-based systems. Two laser detonation systems are presently accessible; a multiple-shot laser with a single-shot, single fiber system designed for use with detonators containing primary explosives. Additional research related to development of low-energy, photoreactive detonators, continuity checking techniques and improved connectors and fibers can produce significant improvements in presently fielded systems.

  8. Novel uses of detonator diagnostics

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    Gibson, John R. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Wilde, Zakary Robert [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Tasker, Douglas George [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Francois, Elizabeth Green [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Nakamoto, Teagan Kanakanui Junichi [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Smith, Dalton Kay [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Trujillo, Christopher J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    A novel combination of diagnostics is being used to research the physics of detonator initiation. The explosive PETN (Pentaerythritol tetranitrate) commonly used in detonators, is also a piezo-electric material that, when sufficiently shocked, emits an electromagnetic field in the radio frequency (RF) range, along crystal fracture planes. In an effort to capture this RF signal, a new diagnostic was created. A copper foil, used as an RF antenna, was wrapped around a foam fixture encompassing a PETN pellet. Rogowski coils were used to obtain the change in current with respect to time (di/dt) the detonator circuit, in and polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) stress sensors were used to capture shockwave arrival time. The goal of these experiments is to use these diagnostics to study the reaction response of a PETN pellet of known particle size to shock loading with various diagnostics including an antenna to capture RF emissions. Our hypothesis is that RF feedback may signify the rate of deflagration to detonation transition (DDT) or lack thereof. The new diagnostics and methods will be used to determine the timing of start of current, bridge burst, detonator breakout timing and RF generated from detonation. These data will be compared to those of currently used diagnostics in order to validate the accuracy of these new methods. Future experiments will incorporate other methods of validation including dynamic radiography, optical initiation and use of magnetic field sensors.

  9. Delayed detonations in full-star models of type Ia supernova explosions (United States)

    Röpke, F. K.; Niemeyer, J. C.


    Aims:We present the first full-star three-dimensional explosion simulations of thermonuclear supernovae including parameterized deflagration-to-detonation transitions that occur once the flame enters the distributed burning regime. Methods: Treating the propagation of both the deflagration and the detonation waves in a common front-tracking approach, the detonation is prevented from crossing ash regions. Results: Our criterion triggers the detonation wave at the outer edge of the deflagration flame and consequently it has to sweep around the complex structure and to compete with expansion. Despite the impeded detonation propagation, the obtained explosions show reasonable agreement with global quantities of observed type Ia supernovae. By igniting the flame in different numbers of kernels around the center of the exploding white dwarf, we set up three different models shifting the emphasis from the deflagration phase to the detonation phase. The resulting explosion energies and iron group element productions cover a large part of the diversity of type Ia supernovae. Conclusions: .Flame-driven deflagration-to-detonation transitions, if hypothetical, remain a possibility deserving further investigation.

  10. Numerical simulations of cellular detonation diffraction in a stable gaseous mixture

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    Jian Li


    Full Text Available In this paper, the diffraction phenomenon of gaseous cellular detonations emerging from a confined tube into a sudden open space is simulated using the reactive Euler equations with a two-step Arrhenius chemistry model. Both two-dimensional and axisymmetric configurations are used for modeling cylindrical and spherical expansions, respectively. The chemical parameters are chosen for a stable gaseous explosive mixture in which the cellular detonation structure is highly regular. Adaptive mesh refinement (AMR is used to resolve the detonation wave structure and its evolution during the transmission. The numerical results show that the critical channel width and critical diameter over the detonation cell size are about 13±1 and 25±1, respectively. These numerical findings are comparable with the experimental observation and confirm again that the critical channel width and critical diameter differ essentially by a factor close to 2, equal to the geometrical scaling based on front curvature theory. Unlike unstable mixtures where instabilities manifested in the detonation front structure play a significant role during the transmission, the present numerical results and the observed geometrical scaling provide again evidence that the failure of detonation diffraction in stable mixtures with a regular detonation cellular pattern is dominantly caused by the global curvature due to the wave divergence resulting in the global decoupling of the reaction zone with the expanding shock front.

  11. Deflagration-to-detonation transition in inertial-confinement-fusion baseline targets (United States)

    Gauthier, P.; Chaland, F.; Masse, L.


    By means of highly resolved one-dimensional hydrodynamics simulations, we provide an understanding of the burn process in inertial-confinement-fusion baseline targets. The cornerstone of the phenomenology of propagating burn in such laser-driven capsules is shown to be the transition from a slow unsteady reaction-diffusion regime of thermonuclear combustion (some sort of deflagration) to a fast detonative one. Remarkably, detonation initiation follows the slowing down of a shockless supersonic reaction wave driven by energy redeposition from the fusion products themselves. Such a route to detonation is specific to fusion plasmas.

  12. Deflagration to detonation transition in JP-10 mist/air mixtures in a large-scale tube. (United States)

    Li, Shuzhuan; Liu, Qingming; Chen, Xu; Huang, Jinxiang; Li, Jing


    Deflagration to detonation transitions (DDTs) in JP-10 mist/air mixtures have been studied in a horizontal multiphase combustion and explosion tube with inner diameter of 199mm and length of 32.8m. The mist/air mixtures were generated by injecting liquid samples into the experimental tube. Experiments were performed at 298k and 101kPa with equivalence ratio ranged from 0.51 to 2.09. The coupling process of deflagration wave with leading shock wave and low-velocity self-sustained detonation were observed in JP-10 mist/air mixture with a concentration of 142.86g/m(3), and the average velocity of the self-sustained detonation wave is 510m/s, which is as low as 26% of C-J value. The low-velocity detonation in JP-10 mist/air mixture can be explained by the low-volatile property of JP-10 liquid and boundary condition. The leanest and richest critical detonable concentrations were studied. The detonation structure was studied by using pressure sensors array mounted in the wave structure test section. A single-head spin detonation wave front was observed and the cellular structure resulting from the spinning movement of the triple point was analyzed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Qualification of a multi-diagnostic detonator-output characterization procedure utilizing PMMA witness blocks (United States)

    Biss, Matthew; Murphy, Michael; Lieber, Mark


    Experiments were conducted in an effort to qualify a multi-diagnostic characterization procedure for the performance output of a detonator when fired into a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) witness block. A suite of optical diagnostics were utilized in combination to both bound the shock wave interaction state at the detonator/PMMA interface and characterize the nature of the shock wave decay in PMMA. The diagnostics included the Shock Wave Image Framing Technique (SWIFT), a photocathode tube streak camera, and photonic Doppler velocimetry (PDV). High-precision, optically clear witness blocks permitted dynamic flow visualization of the shock wave in PMMA via focused shadowgraphy. SWIFT- and streak-imaging diagnostics captured the spatiotemporally evolving shock wave, providing a two-dimensional temporally discrete image set and a one-dimensional temporally continuous image, respectively. PDV provided the temporal velocity history of the detonator output along the detonator axis. Through combination of the results obtained, a bound was able to be placed on the interface condition and a more-physical profile representing the shock wave decay in PMMA for an exploding-bridgewire detonator was achieved.

  14. Nucleosynthesis in delayed detonation models of Type IA supernovae (United States)

    Khokhlov, A. M.


    The preliminary results of detailed nucleosynthesis computations are presented for delayed detonation (DD) models of Type Ia supernovae. The main parameters of the models considered are the initial density at the center, the ratio of the deflagration wave velocity and the velocity of sound ahead of the wave, and the density ahead of the deflagration wave at which the transition from a deflagration to a detonation occurs. For thermonuclear models of Type Ia supernovae, the limitations on the deflagration wave velocity near the center, Ddef is less than approximately 0.03 a(s), and on the central density of an exploding white dwarf, rho(c) is less than approximately 2-2.5 10 to the 9th g/cu cm, are obtained. It is suggested that the transition from a deflagration to a detonation in the DD models occurs due to both the turbulence in the vicinity of the flame front and the strong pulsation of the dwarf during the explosion.

  15. Deflagration-to-detonation transition in gases in tubes with cavities (United States)

    Smirnov, N. N.; Nikitin, V. F.; Phylippov, Yu. G.


    The existence of a supersonic second combustion mode — detonation — discovered by Mallard and Le Chatelier and by Berthélot and Vieille in 1881 posed the question of mechanisms for transition from one mode to the other. In the period 1959-1969, experiments by Salamandra, Soloukhin, Oppenheim, and their coworkers provided insights into this complex phenomenon. Since then, among all the phenomena related to combustion processes, deflagration-to-detonation transition is, undoubtedly, the most intriguing one. Deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) in gases is connected with gas and vapor explosion safety issues. Knowing mechanisms of detonation onset control is of major importance for creating effective mitigation measures addressing two major goals: to prevent DDT in the case of mixture ignition, or to arrest the detonation wave in the case where it has been initiated. A new impetus to the increase in interest in deflagration-to-detonation transition processes was given by the recent development of pulse detonation devices. The probable application of these principles to creation of a new generation of engines put the problem of effectiveness of pulse detonating devices at the top of current research needs. The effectiveness of the pulse detonation cycle turned out to be the key factor characterizing the Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE), whose operation modes were shown to be closely related to periodical onset and degeneration of a detonation wave. Those unsteady-state regimes should be self-sustained to guarantee a reliable operation of devices using the detonation mode of burning fuels as a constitutive part of their working cycle. Thus deflagration-to-detonation transition processes are of major importance for the issue. Minimizing the predetonation length and ensuring stability of the onset of detonation enable one to increase the effectiveness of a PDE. The DDT turned out to be the key factor characterizing the PDE operating cycle. Thus, the problem of

  16. Detonation propagation in annular arcs of condensed phase explosives (United States)

    Ioannou, Eleftherios; Schoch, Stefan; Nikiforakis, Nikolaos; Michael, Louisa


    We present a numerical study of detonation propagation in unconfined explosive charges shaped as an annular arc (rib). Steady detonation in a straight charge propagates at constant speed, but when it enters an annular section, it goes through a transition phase and eventually reaches a new steady state of constant angular velocity. This study examines the speed of the detonation wave along the annular charge during the transition phase and at steady state, as well as its dependence on the dimensions of the annulus. The system is modeled using a recently proposed diffuse-interface formulation which allows for the representation of a two-phase explosive and of an additional inert material. The explosive considered is the polymer-bonded TATB-based LX-17 and is modeled using two Jones-Wilkins-Lee (JWL) equations of state and the ignition and growth reaction rate law. Results show that steady state speeds are in good agreement with experiment. In the transition phase, the evolution of outer detonation speed deviates from the exponential bounded growth function suggested by previous studies. We propose a new description of the transition phase which consists of two regimes. The first regime is caused by local effects at the outer edge of the annulus and leads to a dependence of the outer detonation speed on the angular position along the arc. The second regime is induced by effects originating from the inner edge of the annular charge and leads to the deceleration of the outer detonation until steady state is reached. The study concludes with a parametric study where the dependence of the steady state and the transition phase on the dimensions of the annulus is investigated.

  17. Exothermic waves in continua (United States)

    Chernyi, G. G.

    Theoretical and experimental research related to the generation and propagation of exothermic waves in combustible gas mixtures as well as solid and liquid combustible media is reviewed. In particular, attention is given to detonation phenomena, the stationary structure of chemical detonation waves for various gas and condensed explosive models, discontinuous solutions for motions with exothermic discontinuities, and heat release in thermonuclear reactions. The discussion also covers frontal polymerization and crystallization waves, stationary combustion waves in systems with high-temperature self-propagating synthesis, and initiation of exothermic waves in continua with allowance for transfer processes.

  18. Pulse Detonation Rocket MHD Power Experiment (United States)

    Litchford, Ron J.; Cook, Stephen (Technical Monitor)


    A pulse detonation research engine (MSFC (Marshall Space Flight Center) Model PDRE (Pulse Detonation Rocket Engine) G-2) has been developed for the purpose of examining integrated propulsion and magnetohydrodynamic power generation applications. The engine is based on a rectangular cross-section tube coupled to a converging-diverging nozzle, which is in turn attached to a segmented Faraday channel. As part of the shakedown testing activity, the pressure wave was interrogated along the length of the engine while running on hydrogen/oxygen propellants. Rapid transition to detonation wave propagation was insured through the use of a short Schelkin spiral near the head of the engine. The measured detonation wave velocities were in excess of 2500 m/s in agreement with the theoretical C-J velocity. The engine was first tested in a straight tube configuration without a nozzle, and the time resolved thrust was measured simultaneously with the head-end pressure. Similar measurements were made with the converging-diverging nozzle attached. The time correlation of the thrust and head-end pressure data was found to be excellent. The major purpose of the converging-diverging nozzle was to configure the engine for driving an MHD generator for the direct production of electrical power. Additional tests were therefore necessary in which seed (cesium-hydroxide dissolved in methanol) was directly injected into the engine as a spray. The exhaust plume was then interrogated with a microwave interferometer in an attempt to characterize the plasma conditions, and emission spectroscopy measurements were also acquired. Data reduction efforts indicate that the plasma exhaust is very highly ionized, although there is some uncertainty at this time as to the relative abundance of negative OH ions. The emission spectroscopy data provided some indication of the species in the exhaust as well as a measurement of temperature. A 24-electrode-pair segmented Faraday channel and 0.6 Tesla permanent

  19. Surface detonation in type Ia supernova explosions? (United States)

    Röpke, F. K.; Woosley, S. E.


    We explore the evolution of thermonuclear supernova explosions when the progenitor white dwarf star ignites asymmetrically off-center. Several numerical simulations are carried out in two and three dimensions to test the consequences of different initial flame configurations such as spherical bubbles displaced from the center, more complex deformed configurations, and teardrop-shaped ignitions. The burning bubbles float towards the surface while releasing energy due to the nuclear reactions. If the energy release is too small to gravitationally unbind the star, the ash sweeps around it, once the burning bubble approaches the surface. Collisions in the fuel on the opposite side increase its temperature and density and may - in some cases - initiate a detonation wave which will then propagate inward burning the core of the star and leading to a strong explosion. However, for initial setups in two dimensions that seem realistic from pre-ignition evolution, as well as for all three-dimensional simulations the collimation of the surface material is found to be too weak to trigger a detonation.

  20. Study of a Model Equation in Detonation Theory

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    Faria, Luiz


    Here we analyze properties of an equation that we previously proposed to model the dynamics of unstable detonation waves [A. R. Kasimov, L. M. Faria, and R. R. Rosales, Model for shock wave chaos, Phys. Rev. Lett., 110 (2013), 104104]. The equation is ut+ 1/2 (u2-uu (0-, t))x=f (x, u (0-, t)), x > 0, t < 0. It describes a detonation shock at x = 0 with the reaction zone in x > 0. We investigate the nature of the steady-state solutions of this nonlocal hyperbolic balance law, the linear stability of these solutions, and the nonlinear dynamics. We establish the existence of instability followed by a cascade of period-doubling bifurcations leading to chaos. © 2014 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

  1. Plastic Response of Thin-Walled Tubes to Detonation


    Karnesky, J.; Damazo, J.; Shepherd, J. E.; Rusinek, A.


    Elastic and plastic deformation of tubes to internal detonations and the shock waves produced by their reflection were investigated. The study included experimental measurements as well as computational modeling. Tests with stoichiometric ethylene-oxygen mixtures were performed at various initial pressures and strain was measured on thin-walled mild-steel tubes. The range of initial pressures covered the span from entirely elastic to fully plastic deformation modes. A mod...

  2. Detonation Jet Engine. Part 1--Thermodynamic Cycle (United States)

    Bulat, Pavel V.; Volkov, Konstantin N.


    We present the most relevant works on jet engine design that utilize thermodynamic cycle of detonative combustion. The efficiency advantages of thermodynamic detonative combustion cycle over Humphrey combustion cycle at constant volume and Brayton combustion cycle at constant pressure were demonstrated. An ideal Ficket-Jacobs detonation cycle, and…

  3. Thrust Augmentation Measurements Using a Pulse Detonation Engine Ejector (United States)

    Santoro, Robert J.; Pal, Sibtosh


    Results of an experimental effort on pulse detonation driven ejectors are presented and discussed. The experiments were conducted using a pulse detonation engine (PDE)/ejector setup that was specifically designed for the study and operated at frequencies up to 50 Hz. The results of various experiments designed to probe different aspects of the PDE/ejector setup are reported. The baseline PDE was operated using ethylene (C2H4) as the fuel and an oxygen/nitrogen O2 + N2) mixture at an equivalence ratio of one. The PDE only experiments included propellant mixture characterization using a laser absorption technique, high fidelity thrust measurements using an integrated spring-damper system, and shadowgraph imaging of the detonation/shock wave structure emanating from the tube. The baseline PDE thrust measurement results at each desired frequency agree with experimental and modeling results reported in the literature. These PDE setup results were then used as a basis for quantifying thrust augmentation for various PDE/ejector setups with constant diameter ejector tubes and various ejector lengths, the radius of curvature for the ejector inlets and various detonation tube/ejector tube overlap distances. For the studied experimental matrix, the results showed a maximum thrust augmentation of 106% at an operational frequency of 30 Hz. The thrust augmentation results are complemented by shadowgraph imaging of the flowfield in the ejector tube inlet area and high frequency pressure transducer measurements along the length of the ejector tube.

  4. Experimental Study of a Pulse Detonation Engine Driven Ejector (United States)

    Santoro, Robert J.; Pal, Sibtosh; Shehadeh, R.; Saretto, S.; Lee, S.-Y.


    Results of an experimental effort on pulse detonation driven ejectors are presented and discussed. The experiments were conducted using a pulse detonation engine (PDE)/ejector setup that was specifically designed for the study. The results of various experiments designed to probe different aspects of the PDE/ejector setup are reported. The baseline PDE was operated using ethylene (C2H4) as the fuel and an oxygen/nitrogen (O2 + N2) mixture at an equivalence ratio of one. The PDE only experiments included propellant mixture characterization using a laser absorption technique, high fidelity thrust measurements using an integrated spring-damper system, and shadowgraph imaging of the detonation/shock wave structure emanating from the tube. The baseline PDE thrust measurement results are in excellent agreement with experimental and modeling results reported in the literature. These PDE setup results were then used as a basis for quantifying thrust augmentation for various PDE/ejector setups with constant diameter ejector tubes and various detonation tube/ejector tube overlap distances. The results show that for the geometries studied here, a maximum thrust augmentation of 24% is achieved. Further increases are possible by tailoring the ejector geometry based on CFD predictions conducted elsewhere. The thrust augmentation results are complemented by shadowgraph imaging of the flowfield in the ejector tube inlet area and high frequency pressure transducer measurements along the length of the ejector tube.

  5. Shock wave science and technology reference library

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    This book, as a volume of the Shock Wave Science and Technology Reference Library, is primarily concerned with detonation waves or compression shock waves in reactive heterogeneous media, including mixtures of solid, liquid and gas phases. The topics involve a variety of energy release and control processes in such media - a contemporary research field that has found wide applications in propulsion and power, hazard prevention as well as military engineering. The six extensive chapters contained in this volume are: - Spray Detonation (SB Murray and PA Thibault) - Detonation of Gas-Particle Flow (F Zhang) - Slurry Detonation (DL Frost and F Zhang) - Detonation of Metalized Composite Explosives (MF Gogulya and MA Brazhnikov) - Shock-Induced Solid-Solid Reactions and Detonations (YA Gordopolov, SS Batsanov, and VS Trofimov) - Shock Ignition of Particles (SM Frolov and AV Fedorov) Each chapter is self-contained and can be read independently of the others, though, they are thematically interrelated. They offer a t...

  6. Route to instability in cellular detonations (United States)

    Radulescu, Matei I.; Sharpe, Gary J.; Quirk, James J.


    Through highly resolved direct numerical simulations of detonation cellular structures performed on large domains, we show that with increasing sensitivity of the reaction rates, the cellular front transits from a regular pattern to a highly irregular one, characterized by transverse wave merging and formation of new triple points on the front. We formulate a new method to study the distribution of the spacings between triple points of the same family and correlate their distribution with the sensitivity of the reaction rates. It is found that past a critical value of activation energy, a period doubling bifurcation occurs, with the preferred cell size having twice its original value. Simultaneously, higher frequency oscillations appear through a period halving bifurcation, hence significantly broadening the range of characteristic cell sizes of the front. The non-linear mechanisms responsible for the generation of these higher modes is discussed.

  7. Equation of State of Detonation Products for TNT by Aquarium Technique (United States)

    Han, Yong


    During explosive detonation, the detonation pressure (P) and temperature (T) will decay quickly with the expansion of detonation products, and the damage effect is determined by the thermodynamic state of detonation products under high pressure. The traditional and important method for calibrating the parameters of thermodynamic state is cylinder test, but the results showed that when the cylinder expanded to a certain distance, the cylinder wall would break up and the detonation products would jet out, which would affect the accuracy of the calibration parameters of thermodynamic state. In this paper, the aquarium technique was used to study the detonation product thermodynamic state of TNT explosive, obtaining the shock wave track under the water and the trace of the interface between water and detonation products in the specific position with the high speed rotating mirror camera. By thermodynamic calculation program BKW and VHL, the parameters of equation of state were obtained. Using the parameters and the dynamic software LS-DYNA, the underwater explosion of TNT was simulated. Comparison with experimental results shows that the thermodynamic state parameters which is calculated by VHL is more accurate than that of BKW. It is concluded that the aquarium test is a more effective method to calibrate the thermodynamic state than cylinder test.

  8. Effect of Velocity of Detonation of Explosives on Seismic Radiation (United States)

    Stroujkova, A. F.; Leidig, M.; Bonner, J. L.


    We studied seismic body wave generation from four fully contained explosions of approximately the same yields (68 kg of TNT equivalent) conducted in anisotropic granite in Barre, VT. The explosions were detonated using three types of explosives with different velocities of detonation (VOD): Black Powder (BP), Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil/Emulsion (ANFO), and Composition B (COMP B). The main objective of the experiment was to study differences in seismic wave generation among different types of explosives, and to determine the mechanism responsible for these differences. The explosives with slow burn rate (BP) produced lower P-wave amplitude and lower corner frequency, which resulted in lower seismic efficiency (0.35%) in comparison with high burn rate explosives (2.2% for ANFO and 3% for COMP B). The seismic efficiency estimates for ANFO and COMP B agree with previous studies for nuclear explosions in granite. The body wave radiation pattern is consistent with an isotropic explosion with an added azimuthal component caused by vertical tensile fractures oriented along pre-existing micro-fracturing in the granite, although the complexities in the P- and S-wave radiation patterns suggest that more than one fracture orientation could be responsible for their generation. High S/P amplitude ratios and low P-wave amplitudes suggest that a significant fraction of the BP source mechanism can be explained by opening of the tensile fractures as a result of the slow energy release.


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    Moll, R.; Woosley, S. E. [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States)


    Using two-dimensional and three-dimensional simulations, we study the ''robustness'' of the double detonation scenario for Type Ia supernovae, in which a detonation in the helium shell of a carbon-oxygen white dwarf induces a secondary detonation in the underlying core. We find that a helium detonation cannot easily descend into the core unless it commences (artificially) well above the hottest layer calculated for the helium shell in current presupernova models. Compressional waves induced by the sliding helium detonation, however, robustly generate hot spots which trigger a detonation in the core. Our simulations show that this is true even for non-axisymmetric initial conditions. If the helium is ignited at multiple points, then the internal waves can pass through one another or be reflected, but this added complexity does not defeat the generation of the hot spot. The ignition of very low-mass helium shells depends on whether a thermonuclear runaway can simultaneously commence in a sufficiently large region.

  10. Multi-dimensional Models for Double Detonation in Sub-Chandrasekhar Mass White Dwarfs (United States)

    Moll, R.; Woosley, S. E.


    Using two-dimensional and three-dimensional simulations, we study the "robustness" of the double detonation scenario for Type Ia supernovae, in which a detonation in the helium shell of a carbon-oxygen white dwarf induces a secondary detonation in the underlying core. We find that a helium detonation cannot easily descend into the core unless it commences (artificially) well above the hottest layer calculated for the helium shell in current presupernova models. Compressional waves induced by the sliding helium detonation, however, robustly generate hot spots which trigger a detonation in the core. Our simulations show that this is true even for non-axisymmetric initial conditions. If the helium is ignited at multiple points, then the internal waves can pass through one another or be reflected, but this added complexity does not defeat the generation of the hot spot. The ignition of very low-mass helium shells depends on whether a thermonuclear runaway can simultaneously commence in a sufficiently large region.

  11. Environmentally Benign Stab Detonators

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    Gash, A E


    The coupling of energetic metallic multilayers (a.k.a. flash metal) with energetic sol-gel synthesis and processing is an entirely new approach to forming energetic devices for several DoD and DOE needs. They are also practical and commercially viable manufacturing techniques. Improved occupational safety and health, performance, reliability, reproducibility, and environmentally acceptable processing can be achieved using these methodologies and materials. The development and fielding of this technology will enhance mission readiness and reduce the costs, environmental risks and the necessity of resolving environmental concerns related to maintaining military readiness while simultaneously enhancing safety and health. Without sacrificing current performance, we will formulate new impact initiated device (IID) compositions to replace materials from the current composition that pose significant environmental, health, and safety problems associated with functions such as synthesis, material receipt, storage, handling, processing into the composition, reaction products from testing, and safe disposal. To do this, we will advance the use of nanocomposite preparation via the use of multilayer flash metal and sol-gel technologies and apply it to new small IIDs. This work will also serve to demonstrate that these technologies and resultant materials are relevant and practical to a variety of energetic needs of DoD and DOE. The goal will be to produce an IID whose composition is acceptable by OSHA, EPA, the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Recovery Act, etc. standards, without sacrificing current performance. The development of environmentally benign stab detonators and igniters will result in the removal of hazardous and toxic components associated with their manufacturing, handling, and use. This will lead to improved worker safety during manufacturing as well as reduced exposure of Service personnel during their storage and or use in operations. The

  12. Detonation in heterogeneous mixtures of liquids and particles (United States)

    Milne, A. M.

    The mechanisms of detonation propagation in heterogeneous systems comprising closely packed particles and a liquid explosive are not fully understood. Recent experimental work has suggested the presence of two distinct modes of detonation propagation. One mode is valid for small particles (which is the regime we will address in this paper) with another mode for large particles. In this work we model numerically the detail of the wave interactions between the detonating liquid and the solid particles. The generic system of interest in our work is nitromethane and aluminium but our methodology can be applied to other liquids and particles. We have exercised our numerical models on the experiments described above. Our models can now qualitatively explain the observed variation in critical diameter with particle size. We also report some initial discrepancies in our predictions of wave speeds in nominally one dimensional experiments which can be explained by detailed modelling. We find that the complex wave interaction in the flow behind the leading shock in the detonating system of liquid and particles is characterised by at least two sonic points. The first is the standard CJ point in the reacting liquid. The second is a sonic point with respect to the sound speed in the inert material. This leads to a steady state zone in the flow behind the leading shock which is much longer than the reaction zone in the liquid alone. The width of this region scales linearly with particle size. Since the width of the subsonic region strongly influences the failure diameter we believe that this property of the flow is the origin of the observed increase in failure diameter with particle size for small inert particles.

  13. Fine Tuning the CJ Detonation Speed of a High Explosive products Equation of State

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    Menikoff, Ralph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    For high explosive (HE) simulations, inaccuracies of a per cent or two in the detonation wave speed can result from not suficiently resolving the reaction zone width or from small inaccuracies in calibrating the products equation of state (EOS) or from variation of HE lots. More accurate detonation speeds can be obtained by ne tuning the equation of state to compensate. Here we show that two simple EOS transformations can be used to adjust the CJ detonation speed by a couple of per cent with minimal effect on the CJ release isentrope. The two transformations are (1) a shift in the energy origin and (2) a linear scaling of the speci c volume. The effectiveness of the transformations is demonstrated with simulations of the cylinder test for PBX 9502 starting with a products EOS for which the CJ detonation speed is 1 per cent too low.

  14. Detonation Processes USSR (United States)


    French chemists (Mallard and Le Chlatelier, and, working independently, Berthelot and Vieille). Since that time, this interesting and complex phenomenon...2 are regarded as knowns. Three equations are written to define the unknowns: the quations of conservation of mass, momentum, and energy in the...passage of the gas through the wavefront AB. In a departure from shock-wave theory, the heat of combustion is taken into account in the equation of

  15. a New Approach of the Deflagration to Detonation Transition in SNIa Thermonuclear Supernovae (United States)

    Chièze, Jean Pierre; Charignon, Camille


    A wide class of type Ia thermonuclear supernovae models relies on the transition from the subsonic deflagration combustion regime to the supersonic detonation regime of the carbon and oxygen mixture of an accreting white dwarf, near the Chandrasekhar mass. We show that this can actually be achieved in a cold C+O white dwarf near the Chandrasekhar mass, with seed sound waves of relatively low Mach number M ˜ 0.02. Moreover, even weaker perturbations, with velocity perturbations as low as M ˜ 0.003 can trigger a detonation wave in SNIa progenitors models wich include the presence of a thin helium surface layer.

  16. Detonation mode and frequency analysis under high loss conditions for stoichiometric propane-oxygen

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    Jackson, Scott


    The propagation characteristics of galloping detonations were quantified with a high-time-resolution velocity diagnostic. Combustion waves were initiated in 30-m lengths of 4.1-mm inner diameter transparent tubing filled with stoichiometric propane-oxygen mixtures. Chemiluminescence from the resulting waves was imaged to determine the luminous wave front position and velocity every 83.3 μ. As the mixture initial pressure was decreased from 20 to 7 kPa, the wave was observed to become increasingly unsteady and transition from steady detonation to a galloping detonation. While wave velocities averaged over the full tube length smoothly decreased with initial pressure down to half of the Chapman-Jouguet detonation velocity (DCJ) at the quenching limit, the actual propagation mechanism was seen to be a galloping wave with a cycle period of approximately 1.0 ms, corresponding to a cycle length of 1.3-2.0 m or 317-488 tube diameters depending on the average wave speed. The long test section length of 7300 tube diameters allowed observation of up to 20 galloping cycles, allowing for statistical analysis of the wave dynamics. In the galloping regime, a bimodal velocity distribution was observed with peaks centered near 0.4 DCJ and 0.95 DCJ. Decreasing initial pressure increasingly favored the low velocity mode. Galloping frequencies ranged from 0.8 to 1.0 kHz and were insensitive to initial mixture pressure. Wave deflagration-to-detonation transition and detonation failure trajectories were found to be repeatable in a given test and also across different initial mixture pressures. The temporal duration of wave dwell at the low and high velocity modes during galloping was also quantified. It was found that the mean wave dwell duration in the low velocity mode was a weak function of initial mixture pressure, while the mean dwell time in the high velocity mode depended exponentially on initial mixture pressure. Analysis of the velocity histories using dynamical systems ideas

  17. Characterizing the energy output generated by a standard electric detonator using shadowgraph imaging (United States)

    Petr, V.; Lozano, E.


    This paper overviews a complete method for the characterization of the explosive energy output from a standard detonator. Measurements of the output of explosives are commonly based upon the detonation parameters of the chemical energy content of the explosive. These quantities provide a correct understanding of the energy stored in an explosive, but they do not provide a direct measure of the different modes in which the energy is released. This optically based technique combines high-speed and ultra-high-speed imaging to characterize the casing fragmentation and the detonator-driven shock load. The procedure presented here could be used as an alternative to current indirect methods—such as the Trauzl lead block test—because of its simplicity, high data accuracy, and minimum demand for test repetition. This technique was applied to experimentally measure air shock expansion versus time and calculating the blast wave energy from the detonation of the high explosive charge inside the detonator. Direct measurements of the shock front geometry provide insight into the physics of the initiation buildup. Because of their geometry, standard detonators show an initial ellipsoidal shock expansion that degenerates into a final spherical wave. This non-uniform shape creates variable blast parameters along the primary blast wave. Additionally, optical measurements are validated using piezoelectric pressure transducers. The energy fraction spent in the acceleration of the metal shell is experimentally measured and correlated with the Gurney model, as well as to several empirical formulations for blasts from fragmenting munitions. The fragment area distribution is also studied using digital particle imaging analysis and correlated with the Mott distribution. Understanding the fragmentation distribution plays a critical role when performing hazard evaluation from these types of devices. In general, this technique allows for characterization of the detonator within 6-8% error

  18. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Detonation (8th) Held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 15-19 Jul 1985 (United States)


    Shocked to 210 GPa (2.1 Mbar)," J. Chem. JCZ Equations of State for Detonation Pro- Phys. 80(60), 2789-2799 (1984). ducts and Their Incorporation into...with the CJ E-0 temperatures calculated with JCZ -3 (17,18), •:200 WCA-4 (19) and KHT (21) equations of state. 0>After detonation front arrives at...due to side rarefaction _ JCZ -3 waves in observed at about 1.0 ,sec after the " LJD interaction. WCA-.3500KH Detonation propagation in solid high ex

  19. Two-dimensional detonation flows in gas suspensions of micro- and nanosized aluminum particles (United States)

    Khmel, Tatiana; Fedorov, Alexander; Lavruk, Sergey


    Within the semi-empirical model of detonation of monodisperse suspensions of micro and nano-sized aluminum particles, two-dimensional flows in channels are studied by numerical simulations. The problems of the propagation of detonation in a plane channel and a channel with a section of linear expansion are considered. The influence of the particle size on the detonation regimes is analyzed. Analysis of the formation of cellular detonation in a flat channel showed that the irregularity of cellular structures manifests itself in the nanometer range, which is due to an increase in the activation energy of the reduced reaction during the transition from diffusion to kinetic combustion of particles. In the expanding channel, the propagation of detonation is characterized by the formation of a system of transverse waves, the regularity of which is related both to the size of the particles and to the magnitude of the expansion angle. The maps of detonation modes are obtained depending on the parameters: the particle size, the expansion angle, and the width of the output channel.

  20. Laser-shocked energetic materials with metal additives: evaluation of chemistry and detonation performance. (United States)

    Gottfried, Jennifer L; Bukowski, Eric J


    A focused, nanosecond-pulsed laser has been used to ablate, atomize, ionize, and excite milligram quantities of metal-doped energetic materials that undergo exothermic reactions in the laser-induced plasma. The subsequent shock wave expansion in the air above the sample has been monitored using high-speed schlieren imaging in a recently developed technique, laser-induced air shock from energetic materials (LASEM). The method enables the estimation of detonation velocities based on the measured laser-induced air-shock velocities and has previously been demonstrated for organic military explosives. Here, the LASEM technique has been extended to explosive formulations with metal additives. A comparison of the measured laser-induced air-shock velocities for TNT, RDX, DNTF, and LLM-172 doped with Al or B to the detonation velocities predicted by the thermochemical code CHEETAH for inert or active metal participation demonstrates that LASEM has potential for predicting the early time (<10  μs) participation of metal additives in detonation events. The LASEM results show that while Al is mostly inert at early times in the detonation event (confirmed from large-scale detonation testing), B is active-and reducing the amount of hydrogen present during the early chemical reactions increases the resulting estimated detonation velocities.

  1. The effect of voide size on the detonation pressure of emulsion explosives. (United States)

    Hirosaki, Yoshikazu; Murata, Kenji; Kato, Yukio; Itoh, Shigeru


    Ammonium nitrate-based emulsion explosive show non-ideal detonation behavior. Voids included in the emulsion explosives affect the non-idealdetonation behavior. The effects of voide size on the detonation pressure of emulsion explosives were studied experimentally. Detonation pressure was measured for the emulsion explosives sensitized with resin balloons of five different size ranging from 0.05mm to 2.42mm in average diameter, using PVDF pressure sensor. Pressure profile of emulsion explosives containing resin balloon of 0.05mm in average diamater shows von Neumann spike and pressure decay in reaction zone followed by Taylor wave. Pressure profile of emulsion explosive containing larger balloons present gradual pressure rise in detonation front due to front curvature and front perturvation caused by large voids. The comparison between the measured detonation pressure and calculated detonation pressure indicates that the fraction of ammonium nitrate reacted in reaction zone is higher than 80containing resin balloons of 0.05mm in diameter, and as low as 302.42mm in diameter. It was shown that reaction zone length is strongly affected by void size.

  2. Novel measurements of shock pressure decay in PMMA using detonator loading (United States)

    Murphy, Michael; Lieber, Mark; Biss, Matthew


    An empirical model equation for shock pressure decay in PMMA was determined through a unique set of experiments employing detonator loading. Custom polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) witness blocks were designed with monolithic architecture to house precise PMMA gap thicknesses ranging from 0-10 mm in 1 mm increments. The PMMA gaps separated detonator working surfaces from windowed photonic Doppler velocimetry (PDV) probes, and were designed to provide undistorted optical access to ultra-high-speed framing and digital streak cameras. The shock wave image framing technique (SWIFT), and a new laser-backlit digital streak diagnostic, simultaneously captured the temporal evolution of detonator-induced diverging shock waves within the PMMA gaps. The PDV diagnostic measured critical mass velocity histories as the shocks exited the variable gap thicknesses. The multi-diagnostic data package was used to characterize the shock pressure decay in PMMA as a function of shock propagation time and PMMA thickness.

  3. Shock-to-detonation transition of RDX and NTO based composite high explosives: experiments and modeling (United States)

    Baudin, Gerard; Roudot, Marie; Genetier, Marc


    Composite HMX and NTO based high explosives (HE) are widely used in ammunitions. Designing modern warheads needs robust and reliable models to compute shock ignition and detonation propagation inside HE. Comparing to a pressed HE, a composite HE is not porous and the hot-spots are mainly located at the grain - binder interface leading to a different behavior during shock-to-detonation transition. An investigation of how shock-to-detonation transition occurs inside composite HE containing RDX and NTO is proposed in this lecture. Two composite HE have been studied. The first one is HMX - HTPB 82:18. The second one is HMX - NTO - HTPB 12:72:16. These HE have been submitted to plane sustained shock waves at different pressure levels using a laboratory powder gun. Pressure signals are measured using manganin gauges inserted at several distances inside HE. The corresponding run-distances to detonation are determined using wedge test experiments where the plate impact is performed using a powder gun. Both HE exhibit a single detonation buildup curve in the distance - time diagram of shock-to-detonation transition. This feature seems a common shock-to-detonation behavior for composite HE without porosity. This behavior is also confirmed for a RDX - HTPB 85:15 based composite HE. Such a behavior is exploited to determine the heterogeneous reaction rate versus the shock pressure using a method based on the Cauchy-Riemann problem inversion. The reaction rate laws obtained allow to compute both run-distance to detonation and pressure signals.

  4. A Multidisciplinary Study of Pulse Detonation Engine Propulsion

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    Santoro, Robert


    .... The multidisciplinary research effort brought together a team of leading researchers in the areas of the initiation and propagation of detonations, liquid hydrocarbon spray detonation, combustion...

  5. Double-detonation supernovae of sub-Chandrasekhar mass white dwarfs (United States)

    Fink, M.; Hillebrandt, W.; Röpke, F. K.


    Type Ia supernovae are believed to be white dwarfs disrupted by a thermonuclear explosion. Here we investigate the scenario in which a rather low-mass, carbon-oxygen (C + O) white dwarf accumulates helium on its surface in a sufficient amount for igniting a detonation in the helium shell before the Chandrasekhar mass is reached. In principle, this can happen on white dwarfs accreting from a non-degenerate companion or by merging a C + O white dwarf with a low-mass helium one. In this scenario, the helium detonation is thought to trigger a secondary detonation in the C + O core. It is therefore called the “double-detonation sub-Chandrasekhar” supernova model. By means of a set of numerical simulations, we investigate the robustness of this explosion mechanism for generic 1-{M_⊙} models and analyze its observable predictions. Also a resolution dependence in numerical simulations is analyzed. Hydrodynamic simulations of the double-detonation sub-Chandrasekhar scenario are conducted in two and three spatial dimensions. The propagation of thermonuclear detonation fronts, both in helium and in the carbon-oxygen mixture, is computed by means of both a level-set function and a simplified description for nuclear reactions. The decision whether a secondary detonation is triggered in the white dwarf's core or not is made based on criteria given in the literature. In a parameter study involving different initial flame geometries for He-shell masses of 0.2 and 0.1 {M_⊙} (and thus 0.8 and 0.9 {M_⊙} of C + O), we find that a secondary detonation ignition is a very robust process. Converging shock waves originating from the detonation in the He shell generate the conditions for a detonation near the center of the white dwarf in most of the cases considered. Finally, we follow the complete evolution of three selected models with 0.2 {M_⊙} of He through the C/O-detonation phase and obtain 56Ni-masses of about 0.40 to 0.45 {M_⊙}. Although we have not done a complete

  6. Initiation process of film detonation. Critical initiation energy of kerosene-oxygen-nitrogen mixtures

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    Oyagi, Shigeharu; Yoshihashi, Teruo; Harigaya, Yasuo


    Film detonation(FD) in which kerosene was used as a fuel and oxygen-nitrogen mixtures were used as the oxidizer, was investigated. Oxygen-nitrogen mixture was introduced into the test tube (25x30mm cross section, 3m length) of the detonation tube and kerosene was coated on the inside surface. The pressure wave and combustion wave were studied by initiating the driver tube to form the blast wave and subsequently make combustion in the test tube. The some stoichiometric ratios of oxyhydrogen were used as initiating sources in the driver tube and the initiating energies(IE) were changed by changing initial pressures. In the FD initiating process, lower the dilution ratio of the oxidizer due to nitrogen, faster the FD transition; and smaller the IE, later the FD transion. The critical IE below which detonation was damped as the inactive blast, was obtained at a oxidizer dilution ratio. Nearly steady detonation wave propagating Mach number of 5 was obtained but became lower by increasing the dilution ratio. The critical IE determined with the dilution ratio of 0-3 increased monotonly with the increase of the dilution ratio. (5 figs, 2 tabs, 8 refs)

  7. Manipulating electromagnetic wave propagating non-reciprocally by a chain of ferrite rods. (United States)

    Ju, Cheng; Wu, Rui-Xin; Li, Zhen; Poo, Yin; Liu, Shi-Yang; Lin, Zhi-Fang


    We demonstrated that non-reciprocal wave propagation could be manipulated by a magnetic rod chain under bias DC magnetic fields. Made of ferrite material YIG and designed working in the microwave X-band, the rod chain exhibited almost a total reflection when the incident wave obliquely impinged on the rod chain, but exhibited nearly a total transmission when the wave reversed its propagation direction. The non-reciprocal wave propagation was due to the non-reciprocal diffraction of the rod chain for the orders 0 and ± 1. Further, the non-reciprocal wave propagation was directly observed by using the field mapping technique. The unique non-reciprocal wave property of the magnetic rod chain provides a new way to control the flow of EM waves.

  8. Shock Waves in Gas Dynamics

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    Abdolrahman Razani


    Full Text Available Shock wave theory was studied in literature by many authors. This article presents a survey with references about various topics related to shock waves: Hyperbolic conservation laws, Well-posedness theory, Compactness theory, Shock and reaction-diffusion wave, The CJ and ZND theory, Existence of detonation in Majda's model, Premixed laminar flame, Multidimensional gas flows, Multidimensional Riemann problem.

  9. Spontaneous Formation of Detonations by Turbulent Flames in Thermonuclear Supernovae (United States)

    Poludnenko, Alexei Y.; Oran, E. S.


    Presently, the scenario best capable of explaining the observational properties of "normal" type Ia supernovae (SNIa), which are of primary importance for cosmology, is the delayed-detonation model. This model postulates that a subsonic thermonuclear deflagration, which originates close to the center of a Chandrasekhar-mass white dwarf (WD) in a single-degenerate binary system, transitions to a supersonic detonation (deflagration-to-detonation transition, or DDT) during the later stages of the explosion. Modern large-scale multidimensional simulations of SNIa cannot capture the DDT process and, thus, are forced to make two crucial assumptions, namely (a) that DDT does occur at some point, and (b) when and where it occurs. Significant progress has been made over the years in elucidating the nature of DDT in terrestrial confined systems with walls, obstacles, or pre-existing shocks. It remains unclear, however, whether and how a detonation can form in an unpressurized, unconfined system such as the interior of a WD. Here we show, through first-principles numerical simulations, that sufficiently fast, but subsonic, turbulent flames in such unconfined environments are inherently susceptible to DDT. The associated mechanism is based on the unsteady evolution of turbulent flames faster than the Chapman-Jouguet deflagrations and is qualitatively different from the traditionally suggested gradient (spontaneous reaction wave) model. It also does not require the formation of distributed flames. The proposed mechanism predicts the DDT density in SNIa to be 107 g/cm3, in agreement with the values previously found to give the best match with observations. This DDT mechanism opens the possibility for eliminating the transition density as a free parameter and, thus, for developing fully self-consistent global multidimensional SNIa models. This work was supported in part by the Naval Research Laboratory, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and by the Department of Defense

  10. Exhaust Nozzle for a Multitube Detonative Combustion Engine (United States)

    Bratkovich, Thomas E.; Williams, Kevin E.; Bussing, Thomas R. A.; Lidstone, Gary L.; Hinkey, John B.


    An improved type of exhaust nozzle has been invented to help optimize the performances of multitube detonative combustion engines. The invention is applicable to both air-breathing and rocket engines used to propel some aircraft and spacecraft, respectively. In a detonative combustion engine, thrust is generated through the expulsion of combustion products from a detonation process in which combustion takes place in a reaction zone coupled to a shock wave. The combustion releases energy to sustain the shock wave, while the shock wave enhances the combustion in the reaction zone. The coupled shockwave/reaction zone, commonly referred to as a detonation, propagates through the reactants at very high speed . typically of the order of several thousands of feet per second (of the order of 1 km/s). The very high speed of the detonation forces combustion to occur very rapidly, thereby contributing to high thermodynamic efficiency. A detonative combustion engine of the type to which the present invention applies includes multiple parallel cylindrical combustion tubes, each closed at the front end and open at the rear end. Each tube is filled with a fuel/oxidizer mixture, and then a detonation wave is initiated at the closed end. The wave propagates rapidly through the fuel/oxidizer mixture, producing very high pressure due to the rapid combustion. The high pressure acting on the closed end of the tube contributes to forward thrust. When the detonation wave reaches the open end of the tube, it produces a blast wave, behind which the high-pressure combustion products are expelled from the tube. The process of filling each combustion tube with a detonable fuel/oxidizer mixture and then producing a detonation repeated rapidly to obtain repeated pulses of thrust. Moreover, the multiple combustion tubes are filled and fired in a repeating sequence. Hence, the pressure at the outlet of each combustion tube varies cyclically. A nozzle of the present invention channels the


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    Vinko Škrlec


    Full Text Available Blasting operations in built-up areas, at short distances from structures, impose new requirements on blasting techniques and properties of explosives in order to mitigate seismic effect of blasting. Explosives for civil uses are mixtures of different chemical composition of explosive and/or non-explosive substances. Chemical and physical properties, along with means of initiation, environment and the terms of application define detonation and blasting parameters of a particular type of the explosive for civil uses. Velocity of detonation is one of the most important measurable characteristics of detonation parameters which indirectly provide information about the liberated energy, quality of explosives and applicability for certain purposes. The level of shock effect of detonated charge on the rock, and therefore the level of seismic effect in the area, depends on the velocity of detonation. Since the velocity of detonation is proportional to the density of an explosive, the described research is carried out in order to determine the borderline density of the mixture of an emulsion explosive with expanded polystyrene while achieving stable detonation, and to determine the dependency between the velocity of detonation and the density of mixture (the paper is published in Croatian.

  12. Theoretical investigation on crystal structure, detonation ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    rage molar weight of detonation products; and Q, the estimated heat of detonation (kJ/g). The density of each compound was predicted from the molecular volume divided by molecular weight, and the molecular volume of each molecule was yielded from the statistical average of 100 single-point molar volume calculations ...

  13. 14 CFR 33.47 - Detonation test. (United States)


    ... 14 Aeronautics and Space 1 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Detonation test. 33.47 Section 33.47 Aeronautics and Space FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AIRCRAFT AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: AIRCRAFT ENGINES Block Tests; Reciprocating Aircraft Engines § 33.47 Detonation test. Each engine...

  14. Theoretical investigation on crystal structure, detonation ...

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Chemical Sciences; Volume 125; Issue 4. Theoretical investigation on crystal structure, detonation ... The bond dissociation energies and bond orders for the weakest bonds were analysed to investigate the thermal stability of the title compound. The detonation and pressure were evaluated by ...

  15. 2D simulations of the double-detonation model for thermonuclear transients from low-mass carbon-oxygen white dwarfs (United States)

    Sim, S. A.; Fink, M.; Kromer, M.; Röpke, F. K.; Ruiter, A. J.; Hillebrandt, W.


    Thermonuclear explosions may arise in binary star systems in which a carbon-oxygen (CO) white dwarf (WD) accretes helium-rich material from a companion star. If the accretion rate allows a sufficiently large mass of helium to accumulate prior to ignition of nuclear burning, the helium surface layer may detonate, giving rise to an astrophysical transient. Detonation of the accreted helium layer generates shock waves that propagate into the underlying CO WD. This might directly ignite a detonation of the CO WD at its surface (an edge-lit secondary detonation) or compress the core of the WD sufficiently to trigger a CO detonation near the centre. If either of these ignition mechanisms works, the two detonations (helium and CO) can then release sufficient energy to completely unbind the WD. These 'double-detonation' scenarios for thermonuclear explosion of WDs have previously been investigated as a potential channel for the production of Type Ia supernovae from WDs of ˜ 1 M⊙. Here we extend our 2D studies of the double-detonation model to significantly less massive CO WDs, the explosion of which could produce fainter, more rapidly evolving transients. We investigate the feasibility of triggering a secondary core detonation by shock convergence in low-mass CO WDs and the observable consequences of such a detonation. Our results suggest that core detonation is probable, even for the lowest CO core masses that are likely to be realized in nature. To quantify the observable signatures of core detonation, we compute spectra and light curves for models in which either an edge-lit or compression-triggered CO detonation is assumed to occur. We compare these to synthetic observables for models in which no CO detonation was allowed to occur. If significant shock compression of the CO WD occurs prior to detonation, explosion of the CO WD can produce a sufficiently large mass of radioactive iron-group nuclei to significantly affect the light curves. In particular, this can lead

  16. Introduction to Physics and Chemistry of Combustion Explosion, Flame, Detonation

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    Liberman, Michael A


    Most of the material covered in this book deals with the fundamentals of chemistry and physics of key processes and fundamental mechanisms for various combustion and combustion related phenomena in gaseous combustible mixture. It provides the reader with basic knowledge of burning processes and mechanisms of reaction wave propagation. The combustion of a gas mixture (flame, explosion, detonation) is necessarily accompanied by motion of the gas. The process of combustion is therefore not only a chemical phenomenon but also one of gas dynamics. The material selection focuses on the gas phase and

  17. Improved estimates of separation distances to prevent unacceptable damage to nuclear power plant structures from hydrogen detonation for gaseous hydrogen storage. Technical report

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    This report provides new estimates of separation distances for nuclear power plant gaseous hydrogen storage facilities. Unacceptable damage to plant structures from hydrogen detonations will be prevented by having hydrogen storage facilities meet separation distance criteria recommended in this report. The revised standoff distances are based on improved calculations on hydrogen gas cloud detonations and structural analysis of reinforced concrete structures. Also, the results presented in this study do not depend upon equivalencing a hydrogen detonation to an equivalent TNT detonation. The static and stagnation pressures, wave velocity, and the shock wave impulse delivered to wall surfaces were computed for several different size hydrogen explosions. Separation distance equations were developed and were used to compute the minimum separation distance for six different wall cases and for seven detonating volumes (from 1.59 to 79.67 lbm of hydrogen). These improved calculation results were compared to previous calculations. The ratio between the separation distance predicted in this report versus that predicted for hydrogen detonation in previous calculations varies from 0 to approximately 4. Thus, the separation distances results from the previous calculations can be either overconservative or unconservative depending upon the set of hydrogen detonation parameters that are used. Consequently, it is concluded that the hydrogen-to-TNT detonation equivalency utilized in previous calculations should no longer be used.

  18. 29 CFR 1926.908 - Use of detonating cord. (United States)


    ... 29 Labor 8 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Use of detonating cord. 1926.908 Section 1926.908 Labor... of detonating cord. (a) Care shall be taken to select a detonating cord consistent with the type and physical condition of the bore hole and stemming and the type of explosives used. (b) Detonating cord shall...

  19. Detonator comprising a nonlinear transmission line (United States)

    Elizondo-Decanini, Juan M


    Detonators are described herein. In a general embodiment, the detonator includes a nonlinear transmission line that has a variable capacitance. Capacitance of the nonlinear transmission line is a function of voltage on the nonlinear transmission line. The nonlinear transmission line receives a voltage pulse from a voltage source and compresses the voltage pulse to generate a trigger signal. Compressing the voltage pulse includes increasing amplitude of the voltage pulse and decreasing length of the voltage pulse in time. An igniter receives the trigger signal and detonates an explosive responsive to receipt of the trigger signal.

  20. Three-dimensional Delayed-Detonation Model of Type Ia Supernovae (United States)

    Gamezo, Vadim N.; Khokhlov, Alexei M.; Oran, Elaine S.


    We study a Type Ia supernova explosion using large-scale three-dimensional numerical simulations based on reactive fluid dynamics with a simplified mechanism for nuclear reactions and energy release. The initial deflagration stage of the explosion involves a subsonic turbulent thermonuclear flame propagating in the gravitational field of an expanding white dwarf. The deflagration produces an inhomogeneous mixture of unburned carbon and oxygen with intermediate-mass and iron-group elements in central parts of the star. During the subsequent detonation stage, a supersonic detonation wave propagates through the material unburned by the deflagration. The total energy released in this delayed-detonation process, (1.3-1.6)×1051 ergs, is consistent with a typical range of kinetic energies obtained from observations. In contrast to the deflagration model, which releases only about 0.6×1051 ergs, the delayed-detonation model does not leave carbon, oxygen, and intermediate-mass elements in central parts of a white dwarf. This removes the key disagreement between three-dimensional simulations and observations, and makes a delayed detonation the mostly likely mechanism for Type Ia supernova explosions.

  1. Development of Detonation Modeling Capabilities for Rocket Test Facilities: Hydrogen-Oxygen-Nitrogen Mixtures (United States)

    Allgood, Daniel C.


    The objective of the presented work was to develop validated computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based methodologies for predicting propellant detonations and their associated blast environments. Applications of interest were scenarios relevant to rocket propulsion test and launch facilities. All model development was conducted within the framework of the Loci/CHEM CFD tool due to its reliability and robustness in predicting high-speed combusting flow-fields associated with rocket engines and plumes. During the course of the project, verification and validation studies were completed for hydrogen-fueled detonation phenomena such as shock-induced combustion, confined detonation waves, vapor cloud explosions, and deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) processes. The DDT validation cases included predicting flame acceleration mechanisms associated with turbulent flame-jets and flow-obstacles. Excellent comparison between test data and model predictions were observed. The proposed CFD methodology was then successfully applied to model a detonation event that occurred during liquid oxygen/gaseous hydrogen rocket diffuser testing at NASA Stennis Space Center.

  2. Exergetic efficiency analysis of hydrogen–air detonation in pulse detonation combustor using computational fluid dynamics


    Pinku Debnath; KM Pandey


    Exergy losses during the combustion process, heat transfer, and fuel utilization play a vital role in the analysis of the exergetic efficiency of combustion process. Detonation is thermodynamically more efficient than deflagration mode of combustion. Detonation combustion technology inside the pulse detonation engine using hydrogen as a fuel is energetic propulsion system for next generation. In this study, the main objective of this work is to quantify the exergetic efficiency of hydrogen–ai...

  3. Numerical simulation of nonlinear dynamics of 1D pulsating detonations (United States)

    Borisov, S. P.; Kudryavtsev, A. N.


    The development of 1D instability of a detonation wave is numerically simulated for a two-stage chemical model. The shock-fitting approach is employed to track the leading detonation front. In order to determine its motion, the equation for the acceleration of the shock wave derived from the Rankine-Hugoniot conditions and the characteristic relations is integrated along with the reactive Euler equations. The fifth-order WENO scheme is used, time stepping is performed with the four-stage Runge-Kutta-Gill method. It is shown that in a certain range of parameters of the problem (the degree of overdrive f, the dissociation energy Ed and the activation energy Ea ), the Zeldovich-Neumann-Döring stationary solution is unstable with respect to 1D disturbances. The evolution of disturbances at later nonlinear stages is studied. Nonlinear saturation of the growth of disturbances leads to the formation of a stable limit cycle. When changing the parameters of the problem, the period doubling bifurcation can occur leading to the appearance of pulsations with two different maxima of the amplitude.


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    Pulse detonation technology for the purpose of removing slag and fouling deposits in coal-fired utility power plant boilers offers great potential. Conventional slag removal methods including soot blowers and water lances have great difficulties in removing slags especially from the down stream areas of utility power plant boilers. The detonation wave technique, based on high impact velocity with sufficient energy and thermal shock on the slag deposited on gas contact surfaces offers a convenient, inexpensive, yet efficient and effective way to supplement existing slag removal methods. A slight increase in the boiler efficiency, due to more effective ash/deposit removal and corresponding reduction in plant maintenance downtime and increased heat transfer efficiency, will save millions of dollars in operational costs. Reductions in toxic emissions will also be accomplished due to reduction in coal usage. Detonation waves have been demonstrated experimentally to have exceptionally high shearing capability, important to the task of removing slag and fouling deposits. The experimental results describe the parametric study of the input parameters in removing the different types of slag and operating condition. The experimental results show that both the single and multi shot detonation waves have high potential in effectively removing slag deposit from boiler heat transfer surfaces. The results obtained are encouraging and satisfactory. A good indication has also been obtained from the agreement with the preliminary computational fluid dynamics analysis that the wave impacts are more effective in removing slag deposits from tube bundles rather than single tube. This report presents results obtained in effectively removing three different types of slag (economizer, reheater, and air-heater) t a distance of up to 20 cm from the exit of the detonation tube. The experimental results show that the softer slags can be removed more easily. Also closer the slag to the exit of

  5. Detonative propagation and accelerative expansion of the Crab Nebula shock front. (United States)

    Gao, Yang; Law, Chung K


    The accelerative expansion of the Crab Nebula's outer envelope is a mystery in dynamics, as a conventional expanding blast wave decelerates when bumping into the surrounding interstellar medium. Here we show that the strong relativistic pulsar wind bumping into its surrounding nebula induces energy-generating processes and initiates a detonation wave that propagates outward to form the current outer edge, namely, the shock front, of the nebula. The resulting detonation wave, with a reactive downstream, then provides the needed power to maintain propagation of the shock front. Furthermore, relaxation of the curvature-induced reduction of the propagation velocity from the initial state of formation to the asymptotic, planar state of Chapman-Jouguet propagation explains the observed accelerative expansion. Potential richness in incorporating reactive fronts in the description of various astronomical phenomena is expected. © 2011 American Physical Society

  6. Statistical properties of sequential detonation systems



    M.Sc. At the very roots of this dissertation lies a commercial process with many as yet unexplored characteristics that will be thoroughly examined, using a rich variety of statistical methods and techniques. Broadly speaking, the main objective of this study involves the development of techniques to control the quality of advanced explosives detonators used in commercial mining operations. To accomplish this task, various statistical characteristics of this detonation process are describe...

  7. High Resolution Spectra of HE Detonations (United States)


    region. We shall assume for present purposes that the emissivity of the detonation products of a 50 to 100 lb HE explosion is also in the viciity of... speed . Incorporated in the emulsion layers are dye forming coup- lers which react simultaneously during I , developmentto produce a separate dye S...Best Available Cop 1~EV~ AFTAC-TR-80-24 HIGH RESOLUTION SPECTRA OF HE DETONATIONS HSS Inc 2 Alfred Circle Bedford, MA 01730 7 JULY 1980 AUG 4 9D

  8. Blast Simulation with Balloons Containing Detonable Gas. (United States)


    to separate the gas components during the launch procedure for high altitude tests. The balloon is partially inflated at launch with methane in one...1 II LEONBL 24 irI GAS LOADING DU - GAS COMMUNICATION DUCT ACCESS DUCT DETONATOR SUPPORT L.INE \\. I ~~ GAS LOADING DUCT’’ BALLON E T BALLOON. Figure 2...rr DNA 3432F BLAST SIMULATION WITH BALLOONS CONTAINING DETONABLE GAS General American Research Division 7449 North Natchez Avenue Niles, Illinois

  9. Relation between cell size, induction zone length and critical initiation energy in oxyhydrogen detonations

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    Oyagi, Shigeharu; Ochiai, Tatsuo; Yoshihashi, Teruo; Harigaya, Yasuo (Saitama Univ. (Japan))


    As a series of studies on the initiation of detonation waves, detonation cell size has been measured over wide ranges of equivalence ratio and subatmospheric initial pressure using the sooted plate technique, to clarify the relation between cell size, induction zone length and critical initiation energy in a mixture of hydrogen with oxygen. Detonation waves were generated in the mixture in a cylindrical tube of diameter 30 mm, igniting combustible gas sealed in the driven section of the tube by a spark unit. The detonation cell size was inversely proportional to the approximate 1.2 power of the initial pressure of the mixture in the range of equivalence ratio from 0.2 to 2.5. Extrapolating the obtained values of the cell size under the subatmospheric pressure to the atmospheric one, the cell size indicated the minimum value at the equivalence ratio of around 0.7 for hydrogen/oxygen mixtures, while indicating one at the equivalence ratio of around 1.0 for hydrogen/air mixtures. The cell size under the atmospheric initial pressure was approximately proportional to the induction zone length calculated by Westbrook, and the proportionality factor was found to be 23.3. 7 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Wave

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    Ibsen, Lars Bo


    Estimates for the amount of potential wave energy in the world range from 1-10 TW. The World Energy Council estimates that a potential 2TW of energy is available from the world’s oceans, which is the equivalent of twice the world’s electricity production. Whilst the recoverable resource is many...... times smaller it remains very high. For example, whilst there is enough potential wave power off the UK to supply the electricity demands several times over, the economically recoverable resource for the UK is estimated at 25% of current demand; a lot less, but a very substantial amount nonetheless....

  11. Pulse Detonation Engine Air Induction System Analysis (United States)

    Pegg, R. J.; Hunter, L. G.; Couch, B. D.


    A preliminary mixed-compression inlet design concept for potential pulse-detonation engine (PDE) powered supersonic aircraft was defined and analyzed. The objectives of this research were to conceptually design and integrate an inlet/PDE propulsion system into a supersonic aircraft, perform time-dependent CFD analysis of the inlet flowfield, and to estimate the installed PDE cycle performance. The study was baselined to a NASA Mach 5 Waverider study vehicle in which the baseline over/under turboramjet engines were replaced with a single flowpath PDE propulsion system. As much commonality as possible was maintained with the baseline configuration, including the engine location and forebody lines. Modifications were made to the inlet system's external ramp angles and a rotating cowl lip was incorporated to improve off-design inlet operability and performance. Engines were sized to match the baseline vehicle study's ascent trajectory thrust requirement at Mach 1.2. The majority of this study was focused on a flight Mach number of 3.0. The time-dependent Navier Stokes CFD analyses of a two-dimensional approximation of the inlet was conducted for the Mach 3.0 condition. The Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems-developed FALCON CFD code with a two equation 'k-1' turbulence model was used. The downstream PDE was simulated by an array of four sonic nozzles in which the flow areas were rapidly varied in various opening/closing combinations. Results of the CFD study indicated that the inlet design concept operated successfully at the Mach 3.0 condition, satisfying mass capture, total pressure recovery, and operability requirements. Time-dependent analysis indicated that pressure and expansion waves from the simulated valve perturbations did not effect the inlet's operability or performance.

  12. Subnanosecond velocity interferometer measurements of detonating PBX-9502

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    Sheffield, S.A.; Bloomquist, D.D.


    A velocity interferometer system was recently assembled which includes a high speed electronic streak camera to measure the particle velocity-time history of a diffusely reflecting surface. It has been named ORVIS for Optically Recorded Velocity Interferometer System. Measurements were made on detonating PBX-9502 (95/5 mixture of TATB and Kel-F) to determine the structure of the detonation front to see how the results compare with the measurements of Hayes, et al., using electromagnetic gauges embedded in superfine TATB. Measurements were made by reflecting laser light off a copper foil surface and then routing it through a velocity interferometer with a glass etalon in one leg to delay the light by 250 or 500 picoseconds, depending on the setup. The interferometer was tuned such that a pattern of straight fringes was obtained rather than the normal bull's-eye pattern. a cylindrical lens was used to focus each fringe to a dot to concentrate the light. This made the fringe pattern a line of dots which was focused on the slit of an Imacon 790 streak camera capable of streak rates up to 1 mm/ns. With this setup a time resolution of 300 to 500 picoseconds could be attained at the maximum streak rate. These experiments demonstrate that shock-front rise time measurements are now possible to a time resolution of several hundred picoseconds and we feel this approach can be used to attain about 50 picosecond time resolution. It is a powerful method to probe the structure of both shock and detonation waves.

  13. Plasma-assisted ignition and deflagration-to-detonation transition. (United States)

    Starikovskiy, Andrey; Aleksandrov, Nickolay; Rakitin, Aleksandr


    Non-equilibrium plasma demonstrates great potential to control ultra-lean, ultra-fast, low-temperature flames and to become an extremely promising technology for a wide range of applications, including aviation gas turbine engines, piston engines, RAMjets, SCRAMjets and detonation initiation for pulsed detonation engines. The analysis of discharge processes shows that the discharge energy can be deposited into the desired internal degrees of freedom of molecules when varying the reduced electric field, E/n, at which the discharge is maintained. The amount of deposited energy is controlled by other discharge and gas parameters, including electric pulse duration, discharge current, gas number density, gas temperature, etc. As a rule, the dominant mechanism of the effect of non-equilibrium plasma on ignition and combustion is associated with the generation of active particles in the discharge plasma. For plasma-assisted ignition and combustion in mixtures containing air, the most promising active species are O atoms and, to a smaller extent, some other neutral atoms and radicals. These active particles are efficiently produced in high-voltage, nanosecond, pulse discharges owing to electron-impact dissociation of molecules and electron-impact excitation of N(2) electronic states, followed by collisional quenching of these states to dissociate the molecules. Mechanisms of deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) initiation by non-equilibrium plasma were analysed. For longitudinal discharges with a high power density in a plasma channel, two fast DDT mechanisms have been observed. When initiated by a spark or a transient discharge, the mixture ignited simultaneously over the volume of the discharge channel, producing a shock wave with a Mach number greater than 2 and a flame. A gradient mechanism of DDT similar to that proposed by Zeldovich has been observed experimentally under streamer initiation.

  14. Turbulent Mixing and Afterburn in Post-Detonation Flow with Dense Particle Clouds (United States)

    Menon, Suresh


    Reactive metal particles are used as additives in most explosives to enhance afterburn and augment the impact of the explosive. The afterburn is highly dependent on the particle dispersal and mixing in the post-detonation flow. The post-detonation flow is generally characterized by hydrodynamic instabilities emanating from the interaction of the blast waves with the detonation product gases and the ambient air. Further, influenced by the particles, the flow evolves and develops turbulent structures, which play vital role in determining mixing and combustion. Past studies in the field in open literature are reviewed along with some recent studies conducted using three dimensional numerical simulations of particle dispersal and combustion in the post-detonation flow. Spherical nitromethane charges enveloped by particle shells of varying thickness are considered along with dense loading effects. In dense flows, the particles block the flow of the gases and therefore, the role of the inter-particle interactions on particle dispersal cannot be ignored. Thus, both dense and dilute effects must be modeled simultaneously to simulate the post-detonation flow. A hybrid equation of state is employed to study the evolution of flow from detonation initiation till the late time mixing and afterburn. The particle dispersal pattern in each case is compared with the available experimental results. The burn rate and the energy release in each case is quantified and the effect of total mass of the particles and the particle size is analyzed in detail. Strengths and limitations of the various methods used for such studies as well as the uncertainties in the modeling strategies are also highlighted. Supported by Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

  15. Measurements of cellular structure in spray detonation

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    Papavassiliou, J.; Makris, A.; Knystautas, R.; Lee, J.H. (McGill Univ., Montreal, PQ (Canada). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering); Westbrook, C.K.; Pitz, W.J. (Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States))


    The cellular structure of heterogeneous detonations in a low vapor pressure fuel (decane) droplet mixture with oxygen and oxygen-nitrogen was studied in the present investigation. The aerosol was generated by an ultrasonic nebulizer and the fuel concentration of the mixture was regulated by monitoring the volume flow rate of oxygen and nitrogen through the nebulizer. The vertical detonation tube is 64 mm in diameter and 3 m long and ignition was by a powerful spark (120 joules stored energy) or a high explosive detonator. Velocity was measured with ionization probes, pressure by a PCB piezoelectric transducer and cell size by a smoked metallic foil inserted into the top end or centre of the detonation tube. The initial pressure of all the experiments was 1 atmosphere. In order to compare the time scales associated with the physical processes of droplet breakup, heat transfer, evaporation, and mixing, experiments were also carried out in the tube heated to 100{degree}C and 185{degree}C, using electrical heating tape, to ensure a homogeneous gas phase mixture of decane-oxygen-nitrogen. Comparison of the cell size for the same mixture in the cold and the heated tube permits one to separate the time scales associated with the physical processes and the chemical kinetic rate processes. The results from the heated tube for the homogeneous vapor phase decane detonations are similar to those for the common gaseous fuels in the alkane group (i.e. ethane, propane, butane). Corresponding results for the heterogeneous case (cold tube) of aerosol decane detonation indicate that the cell size is larger by a factor of about 2, for the present case of 5 {mu}m particle size. The measurements of cellular structure obtained experimentally have been compared to the computed results determined using the ZND chemical kinetic detonation model.

  16. Thrust Augmentation Measurements for a Pulse Detonation Engine Driven Ejector (United States)

    Pal, S.; Santoro, Robert J.; Shehadeh, R.; Saretto, S.; Lee, S.-Y.


    Thrust augmentation results of an ongoing study of pulse detonation engine driven ejectors are presented and discussed. The experiments were conducted using a pulse detonation engine (PDE) setup with various ejector configurations. The PDE used in these experiments utilizes ethylene (C2H4) as the fuel, and an equi-molar mixture of oxygen and nitrogen as the oxidizer at an equivalence ratio of one. High fidelity thrust measurements were made using an integrated spring damper system. The baseline thrust of the PDE engine was first measured and agrees with experimental and modeling results found in the literature. Thrust augmentation measurements were then made for constant diameter ejectors. The parameter space for the study included ejector length, PDE tube exit to ejector tube inlet overlap distance, and straight versus rounded ejector inlets. The relationship between the thrust augmentation results and various physical phenomena is described. To further understand the flow dynamics, shadow graph images of the exiting shock wave front from the PDE were also made. For the studied parameter space, the results showed a maximum augmentation of 40%. Further increase in augmentation is possible if the geometry of the ejector is tailored, a topic currently studied by numerous groups in the field.

  17. Detonation Velocity Measurement with Chirped Fiber Bragg Grating

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    Peng Wei; Hao Lang; Taolin Liu; Dong Xia


    Detonation velocity is an important parameter for explosive, and it is crucial for many fields such as dynamic chemistry burn models, detonation propagation prediction, explosive performance estimation, and so on...

  18. Dynamic Load on a Pipe Caused by Acetylene Detonations – Experiments and Theoretical Approaches

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    Axel Sperber


    Full Text Available The load acting on the wall of a pipe by a detonation, which is travelling through, is not yet well characterized. The main reasons are the limited amount of sufficiently accurate pressure time history data and the requirement of considering the dynamics of the system. Laser vibrometry measurements were performed to determine the dynamic response of the pipe wall on a detonation. Different modelling approaches were used to quantify, theoretically, the radial displacements of the pipe wall. There is good agreement between measured and predicted values of vibration frequencies and the propagation velocities of transverse waves. Discrepancies mainly due to wave propagation effects were found in the amplitudes of the radial velocities. They might be overcome by the use of a dynamic load factor or improved modelling methods.

  19. Development of new model for high explosives detonation parameters calculation

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    Jeremić Radun


    Full Text Available The simple semi-empirical model for calculation of detonation pressure and velocity for CHNO explosives has been developed, which is based on experimental values of detonation parameters. Model uses Avakyan’s method for determination of detonation products' chemical composition, and is applicable in wide range of densities. Compared with the well-known Kamlet's method and numerical model of detonation based on BKW EOS, the calculated values from proposed model have significantly better accuracy.

  20. Detonator cable initiation system safety investigation: Consequences of energizing the detonator and actuator cables

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    Osher, J.; Chau, H.; Von Holle, W.


    This study was performed to explore and assess the worst-case response of a W89-type weapons system, damaged so as to expose detonator and/or detonator safing strong link (DSSL) cables to the most extreme, credible lightning-discharge, environment. The test program used extremely high-current-level, fast-rise-time (1- to 2-{mu}s) discharges to simulate lightning strikes to either the exposed detonator or DSSL cables. Discharges with peak currents above 700 kA were required to explode test sections of detonator cable and launch a flyer fast enough potentially to detonate weapon high explosive (HE). Detonator-safing-strong-link (DSSL) cables were exploded in direct contact with hot LX-17 and Ultrafine TATB (UFTATB). At maximum charging voltage, the discharge system associated with the HE firing chamber exploded the cables at more than 600-kA peak current; however, neither LX-17 nor UFTATB detonated at 250{degree}C. Tests showed that intense surface arc discharges of more than 700 kA/cm in width across the surface of hot UFTATB [generally the more sensitive of the two insensitive high explosives (IHE)] could not initiate this hot IHE. As an extension to this study, we applied the same technique to test sections of the much-narrower but thicker-cover-layer W87 detonator cable. These tests were performed at the same initial stored electrical energy as that used for the W89 study. Because of the narrower cable conductor in the W87 cables, discharges greater than 550-kA peak current were sufficient to explode the cable and launch a fast flyer. In summary, we found that lightning strikes to exposed DSSL cables cannot directly detonate LX-17 or UFTATB even at high temperatures, and they pose no HE safety threat.

  1. Detonation Properties of Ammonium Dinitramide (ADN) (United States)

    Wätterstam, A.; Östmark, H.; Helte, A.; Karlsson, S.


    Ammonium Dinitramide, ADN, has a potential as an oxidizer for underwater high explosives. Pure ADN has a large reaction-zone length and shows a strong non-ideal behaviour. The work presented here is an extension of previous work.(Sensitivity and Performance Characterization of Ammonium Dinitramide (ADN). Presented at 11th International Detonation Symposium, Snowmass, CO, 1998.) Experiments for determining the detonation velocity as a function of inverse charge radius and density, reaction-zone length and curvature, and the detonation pressure are presented. Measurements of pressure indicates that no, or weak von-Neumann spike exists, suggesting an immediate chemical decomposition. Experimental data are compared with predicted using thermochemical codes and ZND-theory.

  2. Multistage reaction pathways in detonating high explosives

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    Li, Ying [Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Computer Science, and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089-0242 (United States); Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States); Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Nomura, Ken-ichi; Vashishta, Priya [Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Computer Science, and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90089-0242 (United States)


    Atomistic mechanisms underlying the reaction time and intermediate reaction products of detonating high explosives far from equilibrium have been elusive. This is because detonation is one of the hardest multiscale physics problems, in which diverse length and time scales play important roles. Here, large spatiotemporal-scale reactive molecular dynamics simulations validated by quantum molecular dynamics simulations reveal a two-stage reaction mechanism during the detonation of cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine crystal. Rapid production of N{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O within ∼10 ps is followed by delayed production of CO molecules beyond ns. We found that further decomposition towards the final products is inhibited by the formation of large metastable carbon- and oxygen-rich clusters with fractal geometry. In addition, we found distinct unimolecular and intermolecular reaction pathways, respectively, for the rapid N{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O productions.

  3. 30 CFR 75.1311 - Transporting explosives and detonators. (United States)


    ... 30 Mineral Resources 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Transporting explosives and detonators. 75.1311... Transporting explosives and detonators. (a) When explosives and detonators are to be transported underground... transported by any cars or vehicles— (1) The cars or vehicles shall be marked with warnings to identify the...

  4. Body-Fitted Detonation Shock Dynamics and the Pseudo-Reaction-Zone Energy Release Model (United States)

    Meyer, Chad; Quirk, James; Short, Mark; Chqiuete, Carlos


    Programmed-burn methods are a class of models used to propagate a detonation wave, without the high resolution cost associated with a direct numerical simulation. They separate the detonation evolution calculation into two components: timing and energy release. The timing component is usually calculated with a Detonation Shock Dynamics model, a surface evolution representation that relates the normal velocity of the surface (Dn) to its local curvature. The energy release component must appropriately capture the degree of energy change associated with chemical reaction while simultaneously remaining synchronized with the timing component. The Pseudo-Reaction-Zone (PRZ) model is a reactive burn like energy release model, converting reactants into products, but with a conversion rate that is a function of the DSD surface Dn field. As such, it requires the DSD calculation produce smooth Dn fields, a challenge in complex geometries. We describe a new body-fitted approach to the Detonation Shock Dynamics calculation which produces the required smooth Dn fields, and a method for calibrating the PRZ model such that the rate of energy release remains as synced as possible with the timing component. We show results for slab, rate-stick and arc geometries.

  5. First-Principles Petascale Simulations for Predicting Deflagration to Detonation Transition in Hydrogen-Oxygen Mixtures

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    Khokhlov, Alexei [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States). Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Enrico Fermi Inst.; Austin, Joanna [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Argonne Leadership Computing Facility; Bacon, C. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States). Dept. of Aerospace Engineering


    Hydrogen has emerged as an important fuel across a range of industries as a means of achieving energy independence and to reduce emissions. DDT and the resulting detonation waves in hydrogen-oxygen can have especially catastrophic consequences in a variety of industrial and energy producing settings related to hydrogen. First-principles numerical simulations of flame acceleration and DDT are required for an in-depth understanding of the phenomena and facilitating design of safe hydrogen systems. The goals of this project were (1) to develop first-principles petascale reactive flow Navier-Stokes simulation code for predicting gaseous high-speed combustion and detonation (HSCD) phenomena and (2) demonstrate feasibility of first-principles simulations of rapid flame acceleration and deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) in stoichiometric hydrogen-oxygen mixture (2H2 + O2). The goals of the project have been accomplished. We have developed a novel numerical simulation code, named HSCD, for performing first-principles direct numerical simulations of high-speed hydrogen combustion. We carried out a series of validating numerical simulations of inert and reactive shock reflection experiments in shock tubes. We then performed a pilot numerical simulation of flame acceleration in a long pipe. The simulation showed the transition of the rapidly accelerating flame into a detonation. The DDT simulations were performed using BG/Q Mira at the Argonne National Laboratory, currently the fourth fastest super-computer in the world.

  6. Performance Evaluation of Hybrid Gas Turbine Engine Embedded with Pulse Detonation Combustor (United States)

    Deng, Jun-Xiang; Yan, Chuan-Jun; Zheng, Long-Xi; Huang, Xi-Qiao


    The numerical investigations of performance evaluation of a hybrid gas turbine engine embedded with a pulse detonation combustor (PDC) were performed to examine the improvement of the performance of the hybrid propulsion system. The calculation model and method were described. The architecture, configuration and size of detonation tubes were investigated in the calculation. Two models of detonation tube exit temperature were utilized. Eight configuration choices for the PDC based on the calculation model were designed. Specific fuel consumption of a hybrid gas turbine engine was compared with that of the baseline engine at the condition of the same engine net thrust. The experimental research of a PDC interacted with a radial flow turbine of a turbocharger was conducted. The numerical results show that if the net thrust of hybrid PDC engine is matched to that of baseline engine, specific fuel consumption of hybrid PDC engine is 20-25% less than that of baseline engine. The total volume of the hybrid engine combustor is reduced. The incorporation of PDC into gas turbine engine can improve the performance of hybrid PDC engine, decrease the combustor weight, and increase the thrust-weight ratio. The experimental results show that the fully developed detonation waves are achieved in the experimental apparatus.

  7. Spontaneous Transition of Turbulent Flames to Detonations in Unconfined Media (United States)

    Poludnenko, Alexei Y.; Gardiner, Thomas A.; Oran, Elaine S.


    A deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) can occur in environments ranging from experimental and industrial systems to astrophysical thermonuclear (type Ia) supernovae explosions. Substantial progress has been made in explaining the nature of DDT in confined systems with walls, internal obstacles, or preexisting shocks. It remains unclear, however, whether DDT can occur in unconfined media. Here we use direct numerical simulations (DNS) to show that for high enough turbulent intensities unconfined, subsonic, premixed, turbulent flames are inherently unstable to DDT. The associated mechanism, based on the nonsteady evolution of flames faster than the Chapman-Jouguet deflagrations, is qualitatively different from the traditionally suggested spontaneous reaction-wave model. Critical turbulent flame speeds, predicted by this mechanism for the onset of DDT, are in agreement with DNS results.

  8. Formation mechanisms and characteristics of transition patterns in oblique detonations (United States)

    Miao, Shikun; Zhou, Jin; Liu, Shijie; Cai, Xiaodong


    The transition structures of wedge-induced oblique detonation waves (ODWs) in high-enthalpy supersonic combustible mixtures are studied with two-dimensional reactive Euler simulations based on the open-source program AMROC (Adaptive Mesh Refinement in Object-oriented C++). The formation mechanisms of different transition patterns are investigated through theoretical analysis and numerical simulations. Results show that transition patterns of ODWs depend on the pressure ratio Pd/Ps, (Pd, Ps are the pressure behind the ODW and the pressure behind the induced shock, respectively). When Pd/Ps > 1.3, an abrupt transition occurs, while when Pd/Ps 1.02Φ∗ (Φ∗ is the critical velocity ratio calculated with an empirical formula).

  9. Exergetic efficiency analysis of hydrogen–air detonation in pulse detonation combustor using computational fluid dynamics

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    Pinku Debnath


    Full Text Available Exergy losses during the combustion process, heat transfer, and fuel utilization play a vital role in the analysis of the exergetic efficiency of combustion process. Detonation is thermodynamically more efficient than deflagration mode of combustion. Detonation combustion technology inside the pulse detonation engine using hydrogen as a fuel is energetic propulsion system for next generation. In this study, the main objective of this work is to quantify the exergetic efficiency of hydrogen–air combustion for deflagration and detonation combustion process. Further detonation parameters are calculated using 0.25, 0.35, and 0.55 of H2 mass concentrations in the combustion process. The simulations have been performed for converging the solution using commercial computational fluid dynamics package Ansys Fluent solver. The details of combustion physics in chemical reacting flows of hydrogen–air mixture in two control volumes were simulated using species transport model with eddy dissipation turbulence chemistry interaction. From these simulations it was observed that exergy loss in the deflagration combustion process is higher in comparison to the detonation combustion process. The major observation was that pilot fuel economy for the two combustion processes and augmentation of exergetic efficiencies are better in the detonation combustion process. The maximum exergetic efficiency of 55.12%, 53.19%, and 23.43% from deflagration combustion process and from detonation combustion process, 67.55%, 57.49%, and 24.89%, are obtained from aforesaid H2 mass fraction. It was also found that for lesser fuel mass fraction higher exergetic efficiency was observed.

  10. Laser-induced air shock from energetic materials (LASEM) method for estimating detonation performance: challenges, successes and limitations (United States)

    Gottfried, Jennifer


    Recently, a laboratory-scale method for measuring the rapid energy release from milligram quantities of energetic material has been developed based on the high-temperature chemistry induced by a focused, nanosecond laser pulse. The ensuing exothermic chemical reactions result in an increase in the laser-induced shock wave velocity compared to inert materials; a high-speed camera is used to record the expansion of the shock wave into the air above the sample surface. A comparison of the characteristic shock wave velocities for a wide range of energetic materials revealed a strong linear correlation between the laser-induced shock velocity and the reported detonation velocities from large-scale detonation testing. This has enabled the use of the laser-induced air shock from energetic materials (LASEM) method as a means of estimating the detonation performance of novel energetic materials prior to scale-up and full detonation testing. Here, we report new applications of the LASEM method and discuss the challenges and limitations of the technique. While the extension of LASEM to novel high-nitrogen energetic materials and aged conventional energetic material samples has been quite successful, non-organic and other highly reactive samples present some unique challenges.

  11. Spectral analysis and self-adjusting mechanism for oscillation phenomenon in hydrogen-oxygen continuously rotating detonation engine

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    Liu Yusi


    Full Text Available The continuously rotating detonation engine (CRDE is a new concept of engines for aircraft and spacecraft. Quasi-stable continuously rotating detonation (CRD can be observed in an annular combustion chamber, but the sustaining, stabilizing and adjusting mechanisms are not yet clear. To learn more deeply into the CRDE, experimental studies have been carried out to investigate hydrogen-oxygen CRDE. Pressure histories are obtained during each shot, which show that stable CRD waves are generated in the combustor, when feeding pressures are higher than 0.5 MPa for fuel and oxidizer, respectively. Each shot can keep running as long as fresh gas feeding maintains. Close-up of the pressure history shows the repeatability of pressure peaks and indicates the detonation velocity in hydrogen–oxygen CRD, which proves the success of forming a stable CRD in the annular chamber. Spectrum of the pressure history matches the close-up analysis and confirms the CRD. It also shows multi-wave phenomenon and affirms the fact that in this case a single detonation wave is rotating in the annulus. Moreover, oscillation phenomenon is found in pressure peaks and a self-adjusting mechanism is proposed to explain the phenomenon.

  12. Local Ignition in Carbon-Oxygen White Dwarfs. I. One-Zone Ignition and Spherical Shock Ignition of Detonations (United States)

    Dursi, L. Jonathan; Timmes, F. X.


    The details of ignition of Type Ia supernovae remain fuzzy, despite the importance of this input for any large-scale model of the final explosion. Here, we begin a process of understanding the ignition of these hot spots by examining the burning of one zone of material, and then we investigate the ignition of a detonation due to rapid heating at single point. We numerically measure the ignition delay time for onset of burning in mixtures of degenerate material and provide fitting formulae for conditions of relevance in the Type Ia problem. Using the neon abundance as a proxy for the white dwarf progenitor's metallicity, we then find that ignition times can decrease by ~20% with the addition of even 5% of neon by mass. When temperature fluctuations that successfully kindle a region are very rare, such a reduction in ignition time can increase the probability of ignition by orders of magnitude. If the neon comes largely at the expense of carbon, a similar decrease in the ignition time can occur. We then consider the ignition of a detonation by an explosive energy input in one localized zone, for example, a Sedov blast wave leading to a shock-ignited detonation. Building on previous work on curved detonations, we confirm that surprisingly large inputs of energy are required to successfully launch a detonation, leading to required match heads of ~4500 detonation thicknesses-tens of centimeters to hundreds of meters-which is orders of magnitude larger than naive considerations might suggest. This is a very difficult constraint to meet for some pictures of a deflagration-to-detonation transition, such as a Zel'dovich gradient mechanism ignition in the distributed burning regime.

  13. Hydrogen detonation and detonation transition data from the High-Temperature Combustion Facility

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    Ciccarelli, G.; Boccio, J.L.; Ginsberg, T.; Finfrock, C. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)] [and others


    The BNL High-Temperature Combustion Facility (HTCF) is an experimental research tool capable of investigating the effects of initial thermodynamic state on the high-speed combustion characteristic of reactive gas mixtures. The overall experimental program has been designed to provide data to help characterize the influence of elevated gas-mixture temperature (and pressure) on the inherent sensitivity of hydrogen-air-steam mixtures to undergo detonation, on the potential for flames accelerating in these mixtures to transition into detonations, on the effects of gas venting on the flame-accelerating process, on the phenomena of initiation of detonations in these mixtures by jets of hot reactant products, and on the capability of detonations within a confined space to transmit into another, larger confined space. This paper presents results obtained from the completion of two of the overall test series that was designed to characterize high-speed combustion phenomena in initially high-temperature gas mixtures. These two test series are the intrinsic detonability test series and the deflagration-to-detonation (DDT) test series. A brief description of the facility is provided below.

  14. Rogowski coils for studies of detonator initiation (United States)

    Tasker, Douglas


    The Rogowski coil dates back to 1887 and it has commonly been employed to measure rapid changes of electrical currents without direct contact with the circuits, especially in high energy density applications. Recently, it has been used to measure currents in relatively low energy devices such as semiconductor circuits; here we report its utility in the analysis of detonator initiation. From an electrical perspective, the coil is essentially an air-cored transformer and measures the temporal rate of change of current dI/dt. Following a careful characterization of the circuit, an accurate measurement of this derivative is shown to provide a complete solution of the detonator circuit, including current, voltage, power and energy delivered to the detonator. The dependence of the electrical sensitivity, accuracy and bandwidth on coil design will be discussed and a new printed circuit design will be presented. Interesting features in the initiation of exploding bridgewire detonators have been observed with this coil and the results of various experiments will be discussed.

  15. Three-dimensional CLEM-LES of irregular detonation propagation (United States)

    Maxwell, Brian; Radulescu, Matei


    Recently, thin-channel experiments and 2D simulations have been conducted in order to investigate the effect of turbulent mixing rates on the structure of irregular detonation wave propagation. Furthermore, the dependence of the observed cell pattern, and also the reaction zone thickness, on the mixing of burned products with pockets of unburned gases, was investigated. The current work now includes 3D simulations, which are conducted to provide further validation of, and insight into, the 2D results. All simulations have been conducted using the Compressible Linear Eddy Model for Large Eddy Simulation (CLEM-LES). To date, the 3D results are found to match closely the previous 2D results. The agrreement is partly due to sufficient resolution of the large scale fluid motions, which are observed experimentally to be predominant in only two directions. Furthermore, the CLEM-LES methodology incorporates 3D mixing effects at the subgrid level. Finally, it was found that turbulent fluctuations on the subgrid were found to give rise to statistically lower than average propagation velocities on the wave front. This lead to longer ignition delays for large amounts of gas passing through the wave, giving rise to the unburned pockets of gas observed experimentally. Authors would like to acknowledge NSERC and Shell for project funding.

  16. Combustion Waves and Fronts in Flows (United States)

    Clavin, Paul; Searby, Geoff


    Preface; Introduction; Part I. Physical Insights: 1. General considerations; 2. Laminar premixed flames; 3. Turbulent premixed flames; 4. Gaseous shocks and detonations; 5. Chemical kinetics of combustion; 6. Laser-driven ablation front in ICF; 7. Explosion of massive stars; Part II. Detailed Analytical Studies: 8. Planar flames; 9. Flame kernels and flame balls; 10. Wrinkled flames; 11. Ablative Rayleigh-Taylor instability; 12. Shock waves and detonations; Part III. Complements: 13. Statistical physics; 14. Chemistry; 15. Flows; References; Index.

  17. rhoCentralRfFoam: An OpenFOAM solver for high speed chemically active flows - Simulation of planar detonations - (United States)

    Gutiérrez Marcantoni, L. F.; Tamagno, J.; Elaskar, S.


    A new solver developed within the framework of OpenFOAM 2.3.0, called rhoCentralRfFoam which can be interpreted like an evolution of rhoCentralFoam, is presented. Its use, performing numerical simulations on initiation and propagation of planar detonation waves in combustible mixtures H2-Air and H2-O2-Ar, is described. Unsteady one dimensional (1D) Euler equations coupled with sources to take into account chemical activity, are numerically solved using the Kurganov, Noelle and Petrova second order scheme in a domain discretized with finite volumes. The computational code can work with any number of species and its corresponding reactions, but here it was tested with 13 chemically active species (one species inert), and 33 elementary reactions. A gaseous igniter which acts like a shock-tube driver, and powerful enough to generate a strong shock capable of triggering exothermic chemical reactions in fuel mixtures, is used to start planar detonations. The following main aspects of planar detonations are here, treated: induction time of combustible mixtures cited above and required mesh resolutions; convergence of overdriven detonations to Chapman-Jouguet states; detonation structure (ZND model); and the use of reflected shocks to determine induction times experimentally. The rhoCentralRfFoam code was verified comparing numerical results and it was validated, through analytical results and experimental data.

  18. Carbon Detonation and Shock-Triggered Helium Burning in Neutron Star Superbursts (United States)

    Weinberg, Nevin N.; Bildsten, Lars


    The strong degeneracy of the 12C ignition layer on an accreting neutron star results in a hydrodynamic thermonuclear runaway, in which the nuclear heating time becomes shorter than the local dynamical time. We model the resulting combustion wave during these superbursts as an upward-propagating detonation. We solve the reactive fluid flow and show that the detonation propagates through the deepest layers of fuel and drives a shock wave that steepens as it travels upward into lower density material. The shock is sufficiently strong on reaching the freshly accreted H/He layer that it triggers unstable 4He burning if the superburst occurs during the latter half of the regular type I bursting cycle; this is likely the origin of the bright type I precursor bursts observed at the onset of superbursts. The cooling of the outermost shock-heated layers produces a bright, ~0.1 s, flash that precedes the type I burst by a few seconds; this may be the origin of the spike seen at the burst onset in 4U 1820-30 and 4U 1636-54, the only two bursts observed with RXTE at high time resolution. The dominant products of the 12C detonation are 28Si, 32S, and 36Ar. Gupta et al. showed that a crust composed of such intermediate-mass elements has a larger heat flux than one composed of iron-peak elements and helps bring the superburst ignition depth into better agreement with values inferred from observations.

  19. Implementation of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics for Detonation of Explosive with Application to Rock Fragmentation (United States)

    Pramanik, R.; Deb, D.


    The paper presents a methodology in the SPH framework to analyze physical phenomena those occur in detonation process of an explosive. It mainly investigates the dynamic failure mechanism in surrounding brittle rock media under blast-induced stress wave and expansion of high pressure product gases. A program burn model is implemented along with JWL equation of state to simulate the reaction zone in between unreacted explosive and product gas. Numerical examples of detonation of one- and two-dimensional explosive slab have been carried out to investigate the effect of reaction zone in detonation process and outward dispersion of gaseous product. The results are compared with those obtained from existing solutions. A procedure is also developed in SPH framework to apply continuity conditions between gas and rock interface boundaries. The modified Grady-Kipp damage model for the onset of tensile yielding and Drucker-Prager model for shear failure are implemented for elasto-plastic analysis of rock medium. The results show that high compressive stress causes high crack density in the vicinity of blast hole. The major principal stress (tensile) is responsible for forming radial cracks from the blast hole. Spalling zones are also developed due to stress waves reflected from the free surfaces.

  20. Simulation of Oxy-Fuel Pulse Detonation using a Space-Time CESE Method (United States)

    Karra, Shashank; Hauth, Jeremiah; Apte, Sourabh


    Pulse detonation system using oxy-fuel combustion can be used for direct power extraction especially when combined with magnetohydrodynamics (MHD). In the present work, we investigate use of a space-time conservation element-solution element (CE/SE) method for simulation of oxy-methane pulse detonation waves. A CE/SE method results in a consistent multi-dimensional formulation for unstructured tetrahedral meshes by providing flux conservation in space and time, and eliminating the need for complex Reimann solvers to capture shocks. As the first step, a CE/SE method solving the Euler equations is implemented and verified for standard sod shock-tube problem to show very good predictive capability. The Euler solver is extended to account for single-step as well as reduced reaction mechanisms for oxy-fuel combustion. A revised Jones-Lindstedt (JL-R) reaction mechanism accounting for radicals such as O, OH, and H is used as a reduced mechanism to simulate detonation waves from methane-oxygen combustion. Detailed verification and validation is conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the CE/SE method. The approach is being further developed for simulation of compressible reacting flows on unstructured grids. The authors gratefully acknoweldge NETL, DOE for funding this project.

  1. Parallel Pseudo Arc-Length Moving Mesh Schemes for Multidimensional Detonation

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    Jianguo Ning


    Full Text Available We have discussed the multidimensional parallel computation for pseudo arc-length moving mesh schemes, and the schemes can be used to capture the strong discontinuity for multidimensional detonations. Different from the traditional Euler numerical schemes, the problems of parallel schemes for pseudo arc-length moving mesh schemes include diagonal processor communications and mesh point communications, which are illustrated by the schematic diagram and key pseudocodes. Finally, the numerical examples are given to show that the pseudo arc-length moving mesh schemes are second-order convergent and can successfully capture the strong numerical strong discontinuity of the detonation wave. In addition, our parallel methods are proved effectively and the computational time is obviously decreased.

  2. Laser High-Cycle Thermal Fatigue of Pulse Detonation Engine Combustor Materials Tested (United States)

    Zhu, Dong-Ming; Fox, Dennis S.; Miller, Robert A.


    Pulse detonation engines (PDE's) have received increasing attention for future aerospace propulsion applications. Because the PDE is designed for a high-frequency, intermittent detonation combustion process, extremely high gas temperatures and pressures can be realized under the nearly constant-volume combustion environment. The PDE's can potentially achieve higher thermodynamic cycle efficiency and thrust density in comparison to traditional constant-pressure combustion gas turbine engines (ref. 1). However, the development of these engines requires robust design of the engine components that must endure harsh detonation environments. In particular, the detonation combustor chamber, which is designed to sustain and confine the detonation combustion process, will experience high pressure and temperature pulses with very short durations (refs. 2 and 3). Therefore, it is of great importance to evaluate PDE combustor materials and components under simulated engine temperatures and stress conditions in the laboratory. In this study, a high-cycle thermal fatigue test rig was established at the NASA Glenn Research Center using a 1.5-kW CO2 laser. The high-power laser, operating in the pulsed mode, can be controlled at various pulse energy levels and waveform distributions. The enhanced laser pulses can be used to mimic the time-dependent temperature and pressure waves encountered in a pulsed detonation engine. Under the enhanced laser pulse condition, a maximum 7.5-kW peak power with a duration of approximately 0.1 to 0.2 msec (a spike) can be achieved, followed by a plateau region that has about one-fifth of the maximum power level with several milliseconds duration. The laser thermal fatigue rig has also been developed to adopt flat and rotating tubular specimen configurations for the simulated engine tests. More sophisticated laser optic systems can be used to simulate the spatial distributions of the temperature and shock waves in the engine. Pulse laser high

  3. Characterization Of High Explosives Detonations Via Laser-Induced Plasmas

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    Villa-Aleman, E. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    One objective of the Department of Energy’s National Security Administration is to develop technologies that can help the United States government to detect foreign nuclear weapons development activities. The realm of high explosive (HE) experiments is one of the key areas to assess the nuclear ambitions of a country. SRNL has participated in the collection of particulates from HE experiments and characterized the material with the purpose to correlate particulate matter with HE. Since these field campaigns are expensive, on-demand simulated laboratory-scale explosion experiments are needed to further our knowledge of the chemistry and particle formation in the process. Our goal is to develop an experimental test bed in the laboratory to test measurement concepts and correlate particle formation processes with the observables from the detonation fireball. The final objective is to use this knowledge to tailor our experimental setups in future field campaigns. The test bed uses pulsed laser-induced plasmas to simulate micro-explosions, with the intent to study the temporal behavior of the fireball observed in field tests. During FY15, a plan was prepared and executed which assembled two laser ablation systems, procured materials for study, and tested a Step-Scan Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (SS-FTIR). Designs for a shadowgraph system for shock wave analysis, design for a micro-particulate collector from ablated pulse were accomplished. A novel spectroscopic system was conceived and a prototype system built for acquisition of spectral/temporal characterization of a high speed event such as from a high explosive detonation. Experiments and analyses will continue into FY16.

  4. Turbulent mixing and afterburn in post-detonation flow with dense particle clouds (United States)

    Gottiparthi, Kalyana C.; Menon, Suresh


    Augmentation of the impact of an explosive is routinely achieved by packing metal particles in the explosive charge. When detonated, the particles in the charge are ejected and dispersed. The ejecta influences the post-detonation combustion processes that bolster the blast wave and determines the total impact of the explosive. While the classical Eulerian-Lagrangian (EL) methods can accurately handle the post-detonation mixing zone in the dilute regime, the Eulerian-Eulerian (EE) method is preferred for the initial dense clustering. Here, we summarize the results obtained using both EL and EE methods as well as demonstrate a new hybrid EE-EL approach. The EL method, which is also developed to handle both dense and dilute flows using the discrete equation method, is used initially to study the dispersion of a relatively dense particle shell by blast waves. The results show distinct clustering of particles that later leads to the formation of jet-like structures as seen in experiments. Then, the hybrid EE-EL method is used to study the dispersion of dense clouds from explosives packed with aluminum (reactive) or steel (inert) particles. A transitioning criterion is used to smoothly transfer the initially dense Eulerian mass to Lagrangian particles when dilute. Results are presented to demonstrate that the approach is computationally efficient and accurate for certain ranges of particle sizes and loading. It is shown that mixing between the ambient and post-detonation products can be enhanced when particles are present in the flow. Furthermore, the afterburn of aluminum particles increases in the average gas-phase temperature by 100 K - 200 K when compared to a case with non-reacting particles. More studies are still needed to establish a robust strategy for wider applications.

  5. Spectrum acquisition of detonation based on CMOS (United States)

    Li, Yan; Bai, Yonglin; Wang, Bo; Liu, Baiyu; Xue, Yingdong; Zhang, Wei; Gou, Yongsheng; Bai, Xiaohong; Qin, Junjun; Xian, Ouyang


    The detection of high-speed dynamic spectrum is the main method to acquire transient information. In order to obtain the large amount spectral data in real-time during the process of detonation, a CMOS-based system with high-speed spectrum data acquisition is designed. The hardware platform of the system is based on FPGA, and the unique characteristic of CMOS image sensors in the rolling shutter model is used simultaneously. Using FPGA as the master control chip of the system, not only provides the time sequence for CIS, but also controls the storage and transmission of the spectral data. In the experiment of spectral data acquisition, the acquired information is transmitted to the host computer through the CameraLink bus. The dynamic spectral curve is obtained after the subsequent processing. The experimental results demonstrate that this system is feasible in the acquisition and storage of high-speed dynamic spectrum information during the process of detonation.

  6. Cookoff of non-traditional detonators (United States)

    Zucker, Jonathan; Tappan, Bryce C.; Manner, Virginia W.; Novak, Alan


    Significant work has gone into understanding the cookoff behavior of a variety of explosives, primarily for safety and surety reasons. However, current times require similar knowledge on a new suite of explosives that are readily attainable or made, and are easily initiated without expensive firesets or controlled materials. Homemade explosives (HMEs) are simple to synthesize from readily available precursor materials. Two of these HMEs, triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) are not only simple to prepare, but have sufficient output and sensitivity to act as primary explosives in an initiation train. Previous work has shown that detonators may be an integral vulnerability in a cookoff scenario. This poster contains the results of cookoff experiments performed on detonators made with TATP and HMTD. We found that the less chemically stable TATP decomposed during heating, while the more chemically stable HMTD acted like a traditional primary explosive, namely reaction violence and time-to-ignition were independent of confinement.

  7. Detonation Shock Dynamics of Composite Energetic Materials. (United States)

    Lee, Jaimin


    A reaction-rate equation for a composite energetic material was calibrated from two-dimensional steady-state experiment data by using the detonation shock dynamics theory. From experimental detonation velocities and shock -front shapes at different diameters for an ammonium nitrate -based emulsion explosive at 1.248 g/cm^3, the relationship between the detonation velocity normal to the shock-front and the shock-front curvature was obtained. By using this relationship and solving the quasi one-dimensional Euler equations of motion in a problem -conforming intrinsic-coordinate frame obtained from the detonation shock dynamics theory, the reaction rate was determined as a function of pressure and density: {dlambdaover dt} = 20.0 times 10^6 {rm exp}({-}14390/ sqrt{P/rho^{0.8418}})(1 - lambda)^{1.889}where lambda is the reaction extent, t is the time in s, P is the pressure in Pa, and rho is the density in kg/m^3 . The reaction-rate equation obtained for this emulsion explosive shows that the rate is very slow and weakly state dependent. These characteristics of the rate indicated that the nonideal behavior of most industrial-type explosives can be attributed to their slow and state-insensitive rates. By using the above rate equation, one-dimensional initiation experiments (wedge tests) were numerically modeled with a one-dimensional Lagrangian hydrodynamic code. The calculated shock trajectories agreed very well with experimental wedge test data. This agreement also suggested that the small shock-curvature asymptotics may be valid even for a relatively large value of the curvature. The calibration method developed in this study is independent of the form of the rate. Realistic rate equations for explosives can be obtained in a very systematic way from two-dimensional steady-state experiments.

  8. Detonation of Meta-stable Clusters

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    Kuhl, Allen; Kuhl, Allen L.; Fried, Laurence E.; Howard, W. Michael; Seizew, Michael R.; Bell, John B.; Beckner, Vincent; Grcar, Joseph F.


    We consider the energy accumulation in meta-stable clusters. This energy can be much larger than the typical chemical bond energy (~;;1 ev/atom). For example, polymeric nitrogen can accumulate 4 ev/atom in the N8 (fcc) structure, while helium can accumulate 9 ev/atom in the excited triplet state He2* . They release their energy by cluster fission: N8 -> 4N2 and He2* -> 2He. We study the locus of states in thermodynamic state space for the detonation of such meta-stable clusters. In particular, the equilibrium isentrope, starting at the Chapman-Jouguet state, and expanding down to 1 atmosphere was calculated with the Cheetah code. Large detonation pressures (3 and 16 Mbar), temperatures (12 and 34 kilo-K) and velocities (20 and 43 km/s) are a consequence of the large heats of detonation (6.6 and 50 kilo-cal/g) for nitrogen and helium clusters respectively. If such meta-stable clusters could be synthesized, they offer the potential for large increases in the energy density of materials.

  9. A comparison of methods for detonation pressure measurement (United States)

    Pachman, J.; Künzel, M.; Němec, O.; Majzlík, J.


    Detonation pressure is an important parameter describing the process of detonation. The paper compares three methods for determination of detonation pressure on the same explosive charge design. Pressed RDX/wax pellets with a density of 1.66 g cm^{-3} were used as test samples. The following methods were used: flyer plate method, impedance window method, and detonation electric effect. Photonic Doppler velocimetry was used for particle velocity measurements in the first two cases. The outputs of the three methods are compared to the literature values and to thermochemical calculation predictions.

  10. Modeling of detonation transition through the field of mixing the reacting and inert gases

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    Prokhorov Evgeniy


    Full Text Available The non-stationary problem of exciting a plane shock wave by gas detonation in a tube is numerically solved. The case, when the field of mixing the reacting and inert gases filling the closed tube end has finite size, is considered. The influence of mixing field width on the intensity and damping law of excited shock waves is studied. Ignoring energy losses, the problem solution is determined by one dimensionless parameter equal to the ratio of gas mixture volume in the mixing field to the volume of reacting gas located in the tube before the detonation is initiated. By varying this parameter within the range from 0 to 2, the maximal value for the Mach number of the shock wave in inert gas (air is decreased by about 20%. It is established that decrease pattern of the shock-wave front velocity can be approximately described by the dependence corresponding to the conclusions made from the theory of point explosion for the case of plane adiabatic gas motions.

  11. Evaluation of Straight and Swept Ramp Obstacles on Enhancing Deflagration-to-Detonation Transition in Pulse Detonation Engines (United States)


    point which provides the unique solution critical for detonation [3]. 11 Figure 4. Hugoniot Curve Showing Possible Solution Regions (From [3...understood, and not until the 1870s and 1880s did subsequent research begin to show to full meaning of detonation. F.A. Abel and M. Berthelot conducted...required to create and sustain the detonation event. Following this research, M. Berthelot and P. Vielle sought to further characterize the

  12. Shock wave science and technology reference library

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    This book is the second of several volumes on solids in the Shock Wave Science and Technology Reference Library. These volumes are primarily concerned with high-pressure shock waves in solid media, including detonation and high-velocity impact and penetration events. Of the four extensive chapters in this volume, the first two describe the reactive behavior of condensed phase explosives, - Condensed-Phase Explosives: Shock Initiation and Detonation Phenomena (SA Sheffield and R Engelke) - First Principles Molecular Simulations of Energetic Materials at High-Pressures (F Zhang, S Alavi, and TK Woo), and the remaining two discuss the inert, mechanical response of solid materials. - Combined Compression and Shear Plane Waves (ZP Tang and JB Aidun), and - Dynamic Fragmentation of Solids (D Grady). All chapters are each self-contained, and can be read independently of each other. They offer a timely reference, for beginners as well as professional scientists and engineers, on the foundations of detonation phenomen...

  13. The hypervelocity hot subdwarf US 708 - remnant of a double-detonation SN Ia? (United States)

    Geier, Stephan


    Type Ia supernovae {SN Ia} are the most important standard candles for measuring the expansion history of the universe. The thermonuclear explosion of a white dwarf can explain their observed properties, but neither the progenitor systems nor any stellar remnants have been conclusively identified. Underluminous SN Ia have been proposed to originate from a so-called double-detonation of a white dwarf. After a critical amount of helium is deposited on the surface through accretion from a close companion, the helium is ignited causing a detonation wave that triggers the explosion of the white dwarf itself. The helium star will then be ejected at so large a velocity that it will escape the Galaxy. The predicted properties of this remnant are an excellent match to the so-called hypervelocity star US 708, a hot, helium-rich star moving at more than 750 km/s, sufficient to leave the Galaxy.Here we propose medium-resolution COS spectroscopy to measure the vsini of the hypervelocity He-sdO US 708 for the first time and to search for abundance anomalies caused by pollution through an SN Ia event. This will allow us to test the double-detonation scenario with sdB donor empirically.

  14. Experimental and computational investigation of microwave interferometry (MI) for detonation front characterization (United States)

    Mays, Owen; Tringe, Joe; Souers, Clark; Lauderbach, Lisa; Baluyot, Emer; Converse, Mark; Kane, Ron


    Microwave interferometry (MI) presents several advantages over more traditional existing shock and deflagration front diagnostics. Most importantly, it directly interrogates these fronts, instead of measuring the evolution of containment surfaces or explosive edges. Here we present the results of MI measurements on detonator-initiated cylinder tests, as well as on deflagration-to-detonation transition experiments, with emphasis on optimization of signal strength through coupling devices and through microwave-transparent windows. Full-wave electromagnetic field finite element simulations were employed to better understand microwave coupling into porous and near full theoretical maximum density (TMD) explosives. HMX and TATB-based explosives were investigated. Data was collected simultaneously at 26.5 GHz and 39 GHz, allowing for direct comparison of the front characteristics and providing insight into the dielectric properties of explosives at these high frequencies. MI measurements are compared against detonation velocity results from photonic Doppler velocimetry probes and high speed cameras, demonstrating the accuracy of the MI technique. Our results illustrate features of front propagation behavior that are difficult to observe with other techniques. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  15. Evaluation of Heat Losses Behind the Front of the Detonation Moving Along the Metallic Porous Surface

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    S. V. Golovastov


    Full Text Available The paper considers a computational technique of the heat flow from the hot products of detonation combustion into the porous coating and estimates the efficiency of the coating layer that results in slowing the flame front down with disregard the transverse displacement of the combustion products weight of a hydrogen-air mixture.Initial thermodynamic parameters of combustion products on the porous coating surface have been estimated. A drag (stagnation temperature of flow was determined.The statement of task was to calculate the heat flow into the long cylindrical metal fiber with radius of 15 μm. The reference values of heat capacity and heat diffusivity were used to estimate a thermal diffusivity in a wide range of temperatures. An approximation of the parameters is given for a wide range of temperatures.The calculation algorithm using an explicit four-point scheme is presented. The convergence and accuracy of the results were confirmed. The theoretical estimation using cylindrical Bessel functions was made to prove the accuracy of the results.Total heat loss was estimated using the photos of moving detonation front and hot combustion gases.Comparison of the total heat loss and the amount of energy absorbed by a single fiber allowed us to find that the porous coating thickness, resulting in attenuation of detonation wave, is efficient.

  16. 33 CFR 154.820 - Fire, explosion, and detonation protection. (United States)


    ... 33 Navigation and Navigable Waters 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Fire, explosion, and detonation protection. 154.820 Section 154.820 Navigation and Navigable Waters COAST GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND... Systems § 154.820 Fire, explosion, and detonation protection. (a) A vapor control system with a single...

  17. Publicly Released Prompt Radiation Spectra Suitable for Nuclear Detonation Simulations (United States)


    Publicly Released Prompt Radiation Spectra Suitable for Nuclear Detonation Simulations DISTRIBUTION A. Approved for public release; distribution is...TITLE AND SUBTITLE 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER Publicly Released Prompt Radiation Spectra Suitable for Nuclear Detonation Simulations HDTRA1-14-D...NOTES 14. ABSTRACT This technical report describes unclassified source leakage spectra that can be used to simulate a nuclear device or weapon

  18. Shock-to-Detonation Transition simulations

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    Menikoff, Ralph [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    Shock-to-detonation transition (SDT) experiments with embedded velocity gauges provide data that can be used for both calibration and validation of high explosive (HE) burn models. Typically, a series of experiments is performed for each HE in which the initial shock pressure is varied. Here we describe a methodology for automating a series of SDT simulations and comparing numerical tracer particle velocities with the experimental gauge data. Illustrative examples are shown for PBX 9502 using the HE models implemented in the xRage ASC code at LANL.

  19. Effect of prill structure on detonation performance of ANFO

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    Salyer, Terry R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Short, Mark [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kiyanda, Charles B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Morris, John S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Zimmerly, Tony [EMRTC NMT


    While the effects of charge diameter, fuel mix ratio, and temperature on ANFO detonation performance are substantial, the effects of prill type are considerable as well as tailorable. Engineered AN prills provide a means to improve overall performance, primarily by changing the material microstructure through the addition of features designed to enhance hot spot action. To examine the effects of prill type (along with fuel mix ratio and charge diameter) on detonation performance, a series of precision, large-scale, ANFO front-curvature rate-stick tests was performed. Each shot used standard No. 2 diesel for the fuel oil and was essentially unconfined with cardboard confinement. Detonation velocities and front curvatures were measured while actively maintaining consistent shot temperatures. Based on the experimental results, DSD calibrations were performed to model the detonation performance over a range of conditions, and the overall effects of prill microstructure were examined and correlated with detonation performance.

  20. Cellular detonations in nano-sized aluminum particle gas suspensions (United States)

    Khmel, TA


    Formation of cellular detonation structures in monodisperse nano-sized aluminum particle – oxygen suspensions is studied by methods of numerical simulations of two-dimensional detonation flows. The detonation combustion are described within the semi-empirical model developed earlier which takes into account transition of the regime of aluminum particle combustion from diffusion to kinetic for micro-sized and nano-sized particles. The free-molecular effects are considered in the processes of heat and velocity relaxation of the phases. The specific features of the cellular detonation of nanoparticle suspensions comparing with micron-sized suspensions are irregular cellular structures, much higher pick pressure values, and relatively larger detonation cells. This is due to high value of activation energy of reduced chemical reaction of aluminum particle combustion in kinetic regime.

  1. Investigation of instabilities affecting detonations: Improving the resolution using block-structured adaptive mesh refinement (United States)

    Ravindran, Prashaanth

    The unstable nature of detonation waves is a result of the critical relationship between the hydrodynamic shock and the chemical reactions sustaining the shock. A perturbative analysis of the critical point is quite challenging due to the multiple spatio-temporal scales involved along with the non-linear nature of the shock-reaction mechanism. The author's research attempts to provide detailed resolution of the instabilities at the shock front. Another key aspect of the present research is to develop an understanding of the causality between the non-linear dynamics of the front and the eventual breakdown of the sub-structures. An accurate numerical simulation of detonation waves requires a very efficient solution of the Euler equations in conservation form with detailed, non-equilibrium chemistry. The difference in the flow and reaction length scales results in very stiff source terms, requiring the problem to be solved with adaptive mesh refinement. For this purpose, Berger-Colella's block-structured adaptive mesh refinement (AMR) strategy has been developed and applied to time-explicit finite volume methods. The block-structured technique uses a hierarchy of parent-child sub-grids, integrated recursively over time. One novel approach to partition the problem within a large supercomputer was the use of modified Peano-Hilbert space filling curves. The AMR framework was merged with CLAWPACK, a package providing finite volume numerical methods tailored for wave-propagation problems. The stiffness problem is bypassed by using a 1st order Godunov or a 2nd order Strang splitting technique, where the flow variables and source terms are integrated independently. A linearly explicit fourth-order Runge-Kutta integrator is used for the flow, and an ODE solver was used to overcome the numerical stiffness. Second-order spatial resolution is obtained by using a second-order Roe-HLL scheme with the inclusion of numerical viscosity to stabilize the solution near the discontinuity

  2. Modelling of Deflagration to Detonation Transition in Porous PETN of Density 1.4 g / cc with HERMES (United States)

    Reaugh, John; Curtis, John; Maheswaran, Mary-Ann


    The modelling of Deflagration to Detonation Transition in explosives is a severe challenge for reactive burn models because of the complexity of the physics; there is mechanical and thermal interaction of the gaseous burn products with the burning porous matrix, with resulting compaction, shock formation and subsequent detonation. Experiments on the explosive PETN show a strong dependence of run distance to detonation on porosity. The minimum run distance appears to occur when the density is approximately 1.4 g / cc. Recent research on the High Explosive Response to Mechanical Stimulation (HERMES) model for High Explosive Violent Reaction has included the development of a model for PETN at 1.4 g / cc., which allows the prediction of the run distance in the experiments for PETN at this density. Detonation and retonation waves as seen in the experiment are evident. The HERMES simulations are analysed to help illuminate the physics occurring in the experiments. JER's work was performed under the auspices of the US DOE by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344 and partially funded by the Joint US DoD/DOE Munitions Technology Development Program. LLNL-ABS-723537.

  3. Diameter Effect Curve and Detonation Front Curvature Measurements for ANFO (United States)

    Catanach, R. A.; Hill, L. G.


    Diameter effect and front curvature measurements are reported for rate stick experiments on commercially available prilled ANFO (ammonium-nitrate/fuel-oil) at ambient temperature. The shots were fired in paper tubes so as to provide minimal confinement. Diameters ranged from 77 mm (approximately failure diameter) to 205 mm, with the tube length being ten diameters in all cases. Each detonation wave shape was fit with an analytic form, from which the local normal velocity Dn, and local total curvature kappa, were generated as a function of radius R, then plotted parametrically to generate a Dn(kappa) function. The observed behavior deviates substantially from that of previous explosives, for which curves for different diameters overlay well for small kappa but diverge for large kappa, and for which kappa increases monotonically with R. For ANFO, we find that Dn(kappa) curves for individual sticks 1) show little or no overlap--with smaller sticks lying to the right of larger ones, 2) exhibit a large velocity deficit with little kappa variation, and 3) reach a peak kappa at an intermediate R.

  4. Geometry-specific scaling of detonation parameters from front curvature

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    Jackson, Scott I [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Short, Mark [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    It has previously been asserted that classical detonation curvature theory predicts that the critical diameter and the diameter-effect curve of a cylindrical high-explosive charge should scale with twice the thickness of an analogous two-dimensional explosive slab. The varied agreement of experimental results with this expectation have led some to question the ability of curvature-based concepts to predict detonation propagation in non-ideal explosives. This study addresses such claims by showing that the expected scaling relationship (hereafter referred to d = 2w) is not consistent with curvature-based Detonation Shock Dynamics (DSD) theory.


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    Full Text Available Subject of study.We consider interference of unidirectional shock waves or, as they are called, catching up shock waves. The scope of work is to give a classification of the shock-wave structures that arise in this type of interaction of shock waves, and the area of their existence. Intersection of unidirectional shock waves results in arising of a shock-wave structure at the intersection point, which contains the main shock wave, tangential discontinuity and one more reflected gas-dynamic discontinuity of unknown beforehand type. The problem of determining the type of reflected discontinuity is the main problem that one has to solve in the study of catching shock waves interference. Main results.The paper presents the pictures of shock-wave structures arising at the interaction of catching up shock waves. The areas with a regular and irregular unidirectional interaction of shocks are described. Characteristic shock-wave structures are of greatest interest, where reflected gas-dynamic discontinuity degenerates into discontinuous characteristics. Such structures have a number of extreme properties. We have found the areas of existence for such shock-wave structures. There are also areas in which the steady-state solution is not available. The latter has determined revival of interest for the theoretical study of the problem, because the facts of sudden shock-wave structure destruction inside the air intake of supersonic aircrafts at high Mach numbers have been discovered. Practical significance.The theory of interference for unidirectional shock waves and design procedure are usable in the design of supersonic air intakes. It is also relevant for application possibility investigation of catching up oblique shock waves to create overcompressed detonation in perspective detonation air-jet and rocket engines.

  6. 30th International Symposium on Shock Waves

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    Sadot, Oren; Igra, Ozer


    These proceedings collect the papers presented at the 30th International Symposium on Shock Waves (ISSW30), which was held in Tel-Aviv Israel from July 19 to July 24, 2015. The Symposium was organized by Ortra Ltd. The ISSW30 focused on the state of knowledge of the following areas: Nozzle Flow, Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows with Shocks, Supersonic Jets, Chemical Kinetics, Chemical Reacting Flows, Detonation, Combustion, Ignition, Shock Wave Reflection and Interaction, Shock Wave Interaction with Obstacles, Shock Wave Interaction with Porous Media, Shock Wave Interaction with Granular Media, Shock Wave Interaction with Dusty Media, Plasma, Magnetohyrdrodynamics, Re-entry to Earth Atmosphere, Shock Waves in Rarefied Gases, Shock Waves in Condensed Matter (Solids and Liquids), Shock Waves in Dense Gases, Shock Wave Focusing, Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability, Shock Boundary Layer Interaction, Multiphase Flow, Blast Waves, Facilities, Flow Visualization, and Numerical Methods. The two volumes serve as a reference ...

  7. Simultaneous schlieren photography and soot foil in the study of detonation phenomena (United States)

    Kellenberger, Mark; Ciccarelli, Gaby


    The use of schlieren photography has been essential in unravelling the complex nature of high-speed combustion phenomena, but its line-of-sight integration makes it difficult to decisively determine the nature of multi-dimensional combustion wave propagation. Conventional schlieren alone makes it impossible to determine in what plane across the channel an observed structure may exist. To overcome this, a technique of simultaneous high-speed schlieren photography and soot foils was demonstrated that can be applied to the study of detonation phenomena. Using a kerosene lamp, soot was deposited on a glass substrate resulting in a semi-transparent sheet through which schlieren source light could pass. In order to demonstrate the technique, experiments were carried out in mixtures of stoichiometric hydrogen-oxygen at initial pressures between 10 and 15 kPa. Compared to schlieren imaging obtained without a sooted foil, high-speed video results show schlieren images with a small reduction of contrast with density gradients remaining clear. Areas of high temperature cause soot lofted from the foil to incandescence strongly, resulting in the ability to track hot spots and flame location. Post-processing adjustments were demonstrated to make up for camera sensitivity limitations to enable viewing of schlieren density gradients. High-resolution glass soot foils were produced that enable direct coupling of schlieren video to triple-point trajectories seen on the soot foils, allowing for the study of three-dimensional propagation mechanisms of detonation waves.

  8. Mechanical Properties of Zirconium/Steel Bimetal Fabricated by Means of Explosive Welding at Varied Detonation Velocities

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    Prażmowski M.


    Full Text Available This paper assesses the effect of various values of detonation velocity on the quality of the bond zone, and thus the properties of bimetal zirconium (Zr 700 - steel (P355NL. The research was carried out for as-bonded welds, i.e. immediately following explosion welding. The results of shearing, peeling and tensile tests as well as macro-scale structural analyses were presented. In order to determine the changes in the value of strain hardening, the microhardness measurements across the interface were carried out. Based on the performed analyses it can be claimed that, depending on the applied technological settings of welding, most cases displayed wavy bond with highly diversified parameters of the wave. The changes observed with the detonation velocity are non-monotonic. High detonation velocities favored the formation of waves with large height and length and strongly affect the increase of the volume of brittle melted zones. Increased volume of the melted regions results in strong decrease of strength properties of the clad. The analysis of strength test results allows claiming that a small volume of melted regions in the bond considerably improves the strength of the bond.

  9. A Case for Basic Rotating Detonation Engine Research (United States)

    Paxson, Daniel E.


    A brief review is provided covering the benefits to air breathing and chemical rocket propulsion found from pressure gain combustion in general, and rotating detonation in particular. Challenges are also identified.

  10. Detonation Velocity Measurement with Chirped Fiber Bragg Grating

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    Peng Wei


    Full Text Available Detonation velocity is an important parameter for explosive, and it is crucial for many fields such as dynamic chemistry burn models, detonation propagation prediction, explosive performance estimation, and so on. Dual-channel detonation velocity measurement method and system are described. The CFBG sensors are pasted both on the surface and in the center of the explosive cylinder. The length of CFBG sensors is measured via the hot-tip probe method. The light intensity reflected from the CFBG sensors attached to the explosive is transformed to voltage, and the voltage–time is then measured with the oscilloscope. According to the five experiments results, the relative standard uncertainty of detonation velocity is below 1%.

  11. Fireset and Cable Design for Support of Detonator Diagnostic Development (United States)

    Trujillo, Christopher; Francois, Elizabeth; Gibson, John; Lodes, Rylie; Nakamoto, Teagan; Smith, Dalton; Tasker, Douglas; Parrack, Kristina; Wilde, Zakary


    The performance of detonators can be affected by porosity effects in high explosive (HE) materials. In an effort to understand how these effects characterize performance, experiments are to be performed implementing new approaches with advanced diagnostics. This presentation will include the design choices and implementation of diagnostics within two primary components in the experimental test set up, the fire-set and cables. The fire-set contains a current viewing resistor (CVR) which characterizes the electrical performance of the detonator. The cable between the fire-set and detonator includes a Rogowski coil to measure the induced current passing to the detonator. We will present the experimental results and discuss the relevance of these data in the context of the overall experiments.

  12. Development and testing of pulsed and rotating detonation combustors (United States)

    St. George, Andrew C.

    Detonation is a self-sustaining, supersonic, shock-driven, exothermic reaction. Detonation combustion can theoretically provide significant improvements in thermodynamic efficiency over constant pressure combustion when incorporated into existing cycles. To harness this potential performance benefit, countless studies have worked to develop detonation combustors and integrate these devices into existing systems. This dissertation consists of a series of investigations on two types of detonation combustors: the pulse detonation combustor (PDC) and the rotating detonation combustor (RDC). In the first two investigations, an array of air-breathing PDCs is integrated with an axial power turbine. The system is initially operated with steady and pulsed cold air flow to determine the effect of pulsed flow on turbine performance. Various averaging approaches are employed to calculate turbine efficiency, but only flow-weighted (e.g., mass or work averaging) definitions have physical significance. Pulsed flow turbine efficiency is comparable to steady flow efficiency at high corrected flow rates and low rotor speeds. At these conditions, the pulse duty cycle expands and the variation of the rotor incidence angle is constrained to a favorable range. The system is operated with pulsed detonating flow to determine the effect of frequency, fill fraction, and rotor speed on turbine performance. For some conditions, output power exceeds the maximum attainable value from steady constant pressure combustion due to a significant increase in available power from the detonation products. However, the turbine component efficiency estimated from classical thermodynamic analysis is four times lower than the steady design point efficiency. Analysis of blade angles shows a significant penalty due to the detonation, fill, and purge processes simultaneously imposed on the rotor. The latter six investigations focus on fundamental research of the RDC concept. A specially-tailored RDC data

  13. Theory of weakly nonlinear self-sustained detonations

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    Faria, Luiz


    We propose a theory of weakly nonlinear multidimensional self-sustained detonations based on asymptotic analysis of the reactive compressible Navier-Stokes equations. We show that these equations can be reduced to a model consisting of a forced unsteady small-disturbance transonic equation and a rate equation for the heat release. In one spatial dimension, the model simplifies to a forced Burgers equation. Through analysis, numerical calculations and comparison with the reactive Euler equations, the model is demonstrated to capture such essential dynamical characteristics of detonations as the steady-state structure, the linear stability spectrum, the period-doubling sequence of bifurcations and chaos in one-dimensional detonations and cellular structures in multidimensional detonations.

  14. 39 GHz Interferometer System for Measuring Detonation Velocity

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    Ross, Patrick W. [National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Livermore, CA (United States); Tran, Vu [National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Livermore, CA (United States); Waltman, Thomas B. [National Security Technologies, LLC. (NSTec), Livermore, CA (United States); Tringe, Joe [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); May, Chadd [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Cradick, Jerry [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Hodgin, Ralph [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Kane, Ron [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)


    A new 39 GHz RF interferometer system is presented for use in velocity measurements of high explosives (HE) detonations. The frequency was chosen to compliment the currently available suite, and provide more spatial information. An RF signal is generated and coupled to a waveguide adapter serving as an antenna. The HE is initially transparent to the RF. When the HE detonates, the detonation front becomes reflective to the RF. This reflection is picked up by the waveguide adapter and mixed with an unperturbed RF signal to give a low frequency signal which can be digitized with an oscilloscope. By comparing the signal with a reference signal, velocity information can be obtained using Fourier Transforms and wavelet models. Bench test results using a “slapper” are shown. The 39 GHz microwave interferometer is used in Deflagration to Detonation shots. The signal is reflected off a moving surface, and the Doppler shift of the reflected signal is used to calculate the velocity.

  15. Nucleosynthesis in Type-I Supernovae - Carbon Deflagration and Helium Detonation Models (United States)

    Nomoto, K.

    The evolution of accreting white dwarfs in close binary systems is studied from the onset of accretion through the thermonuclear explosion. Relatively rapid accretion onto C+O white dwarfs leads to a carbon deflagration supernova which disrupts the star completely. Explosive nucleosynthesis in the deflagration wave produces 0.5 - 0.6 M_sun; 56Ni in the inner part of the star. In the outer layers of the star, the deflagration wave synthesizes appreciable amount of intermediate mass elements such as Ca, Ar, S, Si, Mg, and O. The carbon deflagration model can account for many of the observed features. On the other hand, slow accretion results in the detonation supernova explosion. This type of explosion produces almost exclusively iron peak elements and thus cannot account for the observed features of Type I supernovae. Possible progenitors of Type I supernovae are discussed.

  16. Ignition and Growth Modeling of Detonating LX-04 (85% HMX / 15% VITON) Using New and Previously Obtained Experimental Data (United States)

    Tarver, Craig


    An Ignition and Growth reactive flow model for detonating LX-04 (85% HMX / 15% Viton) was developed using new and previously obtained experimental data on: cylinder test expansion; wave curvature; failure diameter; and laser interferometric copper and tantalum foil free surface velocities and LiF interface particle velocity histories. A reaction product JWL EOS generated by the CHEETAH code compared favorably with the existing, well normalized LX-04 product JWL when both were used with the Ignition and Growth model. Good agreement with all existing experimental data was obtained. Keywords: LX-04, HMX, detonation, Ignition and Growth PACS:82.33.Vx, 82.40.Fp This work was performed under the auspices of the U. S. Department of Energy by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  17. On a stabilization mechanism for low-velocity detonations

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    Sow, Aliou


    We use numerical simulations of the reactive Lula equations to analyse the nonlinear stability of steady-state one-dimensional solutions for gaseous detonations in the presence of both momentum and heat losses. Our results point to a possible stabilization mechanism for the low-velocity detonations in such systems. The mechanism stems from the existence of a one-parameter family of solutions found in Semenko el al.

  18. The Physics of Deflagration-to-Detonation Transition in Type Ia Supernovae (United States)

    Poludnenko, Alexei

    BACKGROUND: The scenario currently best capable of explaining the observational properties of normal bright type Ia supernovae (SNIa), which are of primary importance for cosmology, is the delayed detonation model of the explosion of a white dwarf star with the mass near the Chandrasekhar limit in a single-degenerate binary system. In this model, the explosion starts as a subsonic deflagration that later transitions to a supersonic detonation (deflagration-to-detonation transition, or DDT). Significant progress has been made over the years both experimentally and numerically in elucidating the physics of DDT in terrestrial confined systems. It remains unclear, however, whether and how a detonation can be formed in an unpressurized, unconfined system such as the interior of a WD. Modern large-scale multidimensional models of SNIa cannot capture the DDT process and, thus, are forced to make two crucial assumptions, namely (a) that DDT does occur at some point, and (b) when and where it occurs. As a result, delayed detonation is a parameterized model that must be "tuned" in order to obtain the proper match with the observations. This substantially hinders the possibility of investigating potential sources of systematic errors in the calibration of normal bright SNIa as standard candles. Recently we have carried out a systematic study of the high-speed turbulence-flame interaction through first-principles direct numerical simulations (DNS) using reaction models similar to those describing terrestrial chemical flames. Our analysis has shown that at sufficiently high turbulent intensities, subsonic turbulent flames in unconfined environments, such as the WD interior, are indeed inherently susceptible to DDT. The associated mechanism is based on the unsteady evolution of turbulent flames faster than the Chapman-Jouguet deflagrations. This process is qualitatively different from the traditional spontaneous reaction wave model and does not require the formation of

  19. Detonation behavior of emulsion explosives sensitized with polymeric microballoons (United States)

    Mendes, Ricardo; Ribeiro, José; Plaksin, Igor; Campos, José


    The differences between the detonation behavior of ammonium nitrate based emulsion explosive sensitized with polymeric or with glass microballoons is presented and discussed. Expancel® are hollow polymeric microballoons that contain a hydrocarbon gas. The mean particle size of those particles is 30 μm and their wall thickness is about 0.1 μm. The detonation velocity and the failure diameter of the emulsion explosive sensitized with different amounts of these particles were measured, in cylindrical charges, by ionization pins and optical fibers. The detonation velocity of emulsion explosives shows a non-monotonic evolution with the density with the maximum being reached far below the maximum density. The detonation fails when the density approaches the one of the matrix. The failure diameter increases with increasing density. For low densities the detonation velocity is almost independent of the charge diameter and it is close to the values predict by BKW EoS. The effect of the nature and size of the microballoons on the detonation front curvature and failure diameter was also determined.

  20. Blast effects physical properties of shock waves

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    This book compiles a variety of experimental data on blast waves. The book begins with an introductory chapter and proceeds to the topic of blast wave phenomenology, with a discussion Rankine-Hugoniot equations and the Friedlander equation, used to describe the pressure-time history of a blast wave. Additional topics include arrival time measurement, the initiation of detonation by exploding wires, a discussion of TNT equivalency, and small scale experiments. Gaseous and high explosive detonations are covered as well. The topics and experiments covered were chosen based on the comparison of used scale sizes, from small to large. Each characteristic parameter of blast waves is analyzed and expressed versus scaled distance in terms of energy and mass. Finally, the appendix compiles a number of polynomial laws that will prove indispensable for engineers and researchers.

  1. Model for Shock Wave Chaos

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    Kasimov, Aslan R.


    We propose the following model equation, ut+1/2(u2−uus)x=f(x,us) that predicts chaotic shock waves, similar to those in detonations in chemically reacting mixtures. The equation is given on the half line, x<0, and the shock is located at x=0 for any t≥0. Here, us(t) is the shock state and the source term f is taken to mimic the chemical energy release in detonations. This equation retains the essential physics needed to reproduce many properties of detonations in gaseous reactive mixtures: steady traveling wave solutions, instability of such solutions, and the onset of chaos. Our model is the first (to our knowledge) to describe chaos in shock waves by a scalar first-order partial differential equation. The chaos arises in the equation thanks to an interplay between the nonlinearity of the inviscid Burgers equation and a novel forcing term that is nonlocal in nature and has deep physical roots in reactive Euler equations.

  2. Flowfield characterization and model development in detonation tubes (United States)

    Owens, Zachary Clark

    A series of experiments and numerical simulations are performed to advance the understanding of flowfield phenomena and impulse generation in detonation tubes. Experiments employing laser-based velocimetry, high-speed schlieren imaging and pressure measurements are used to construct a dataset against which numerical models can be validated. The numerical modeling culminates in the development of a two-dimensional, multi-species, finite-rate-chemistry, parallel, Navier-Stokes solver. The resulting model is specifically designed to assess unsteady, compressible, reacting flowfields, and its utility for studying multidimensional detonation structure is demonstrated. A reduced, quasi-one-dimensional model with source terms accounting for wall losses is also developed for rapid parametric assessment. Using these experimental and numerical tools, two primary objectives are pursued. The first objective is to gain an understanding of how nozzles affect unsteady, detonation flowfields and how they can be designed to maximize impulse in a detonation based propulsion system called a pulse detonation engine. It is shown that unlike conventional, steady-flow propulsion systems where converging-diverging nozzles generate optimal performance, unsteady detonation tube performance during a single-cycle is maximized using purely diverging nozzles. The second objective is to identify the primary underlying mechanisms that cause velocity and pressure measurements to deviate from idealized theory. An investigation of the influence of non-ideal losses including wall heat transfer, friction and condensation leads to the development of improved models that reconcile long-standing discrepancies between predicted and measured detonation tube performance. It is demonstrated for the first time that wall condensation of water vapor in the combustion products can cause significant deviations from ideal theory.

  3. Reducing the Consequences of a Nuclear Detonation.

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    Buddemeier, B R


    The 2002 National Strategy to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction states that 'the United States must be prepared to respond to the use of WMD against our citizens, our military forces, and those of friends and allies'. Scenario No.1 of the 15 Department of Homeland Security national planning scenarios is an improvised nuclear detonation in the national capitol region. An effective response involves managing large-scale incident response, mass casualty, mass evacuation, and mass decontamination issues. Preparedness planning activities based on this scenario provided difficult challenges in time critical decision making and managing a large number of casualties within the hazard area. Perhaps even more challenging is the need to coordinate a large scale response across multiple jurisdictions and effectively responding with limited infrastructure and resources. Federal response planning continues to make improvements in coordination and recommending protective actions, but much work remains. The most critical life-saving activity depends on actions taken in the first few minutes and hours of an event. The most effective way to reduce the enormous national and international social and economic disruptions from a domestic nuclear explosion is through planning and rapid action, from the individual to the federal response. Anticipating response resources for survivors based on predicted types and distributions of injuries needs to be addressed.

  4. Color camera pyrometry for high explosive detonations (United States)

    Densmore, John; Biss, Matthew; Homan, Barrie; McNesby, Kevin


    Temperature measurements of high-explosive and combustion processes are difficult because of the speed and environment of the events. We have characterized and calibrated a digital high-speed color camera that may be used as an optical pyrometer to overcome these challenges. The camera provides both high temporal and spatial resolution. The color filter array of the sensor uses three color filters to measure the spectral distribution of the imaged light. A two-color ratio method is used to calculate a temperature using the color filter array raw image data and a gray-body assumption. If the raw image data is not available, temperatures may be calculated from processed images or movies depending on proper analysis of the digital color imaging pipeline. We analyze three transformations within the pipeline (demosaicing, white balance, and gamma-correction) to determine their effect on the calculated temperature. Using this technique with a Vision Research Phantom color camera, we have measured the temperature of exploded C-4 charges. The surface temperature of the resulting fireball rapidly increases after detonation and then decayed to a constant value of approximately 1980 K. Processed images indicates that the temperature remains constant until the light intensity decreased below the background value.

  5. Reactive flow modeling of small scale detonation failure experiments for a baseline non-ideal explosive

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    Kittell, David E.; Cummock, Nick R.; Son, Steven F. [School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 (United States)


    Small scale characterization experiments using only 1–5 g of a baseline ammonium nitrate plus fuel oil (ANFO) explosive are discussed and simulated using an ignition and growth reactive flow model. There exists a strong need for the small scale characterization of non-ideal explosives in order to adequately survey the wide parameter space in sample composition, density, and microstructure of these materials. However, it is largely unknown in the scientific community whether any useful or meaningful result may be obtained from detonation failure, and whether a minimum sample size or level of confinement exists for the experiments. In this work, it is shown that the parameters of an ignition and growth rate law may be calibrated using the small scale data, which is obtained from a 35 GHz microwave interferometer. Calibration is feasible when the samples are heavily confined and overdriven; this conclusion is supported with detailed simulation output, including pressure and reaction contours inside the ANFO samples. The resulting shock wave velocity is most likely a combined chemical-mechanical response, and simulations of these experiments require an accurate unreacted equation of state (EOS) in addition to the calibrated reaction rate. Other experiments are proposed to gain further insight into the detonation failure data, as well as to help discriminate between the role of the EOS and reaction rate in predicting the measured outcome.

  6. Influence of condensation on heat flux and pressure measurements in a detonation-based short-duration facility (United States)

    Haase, S.; Olivier, H.


    Detonation-based short-duration facilities provide hot gas with very high stagnation pressures and temperatures. Due to the short testing time, complex and expensive cooling techniques of the facility walls are not needed. Therefore, they are attractive for economical experimental investigations of high-enthalpy flows such as the flow in a rocket engine. However, cold walls can provoke condensation of the hot combustion gas at the walls. This has already been observed in detonation tubes close behind the detonation wave, resulting in a loss of tube performance. A potential influence of condensation at the wall on the experimental results, like wall heat fluxes and static pressures, has not been considered so far. Therefore, in this study the occurrence of condensation and its influence on local heat flux and pressure measurements has been investigated in the nozzle test section of a short-duration rocket-engine simulation facility. This facility provides hot water vapor with stagnation pressures up to 150 bar and stagnation temperatures up to 3800 K. A simple method has been developed to detect liquid water at the wall without direct optical access to the flow. It is shown experimentally and theoretically that condensation has a remarkable influence on local measurement values. The experimental results indicate that for the elimination of these influences the nozzle wall has to be heated to a certain temperature level, which exclusively depends on the local static pressure.

  7. Investigations on detonation shock dynamics and related topics. Final report

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    Stewart, D.S. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States). Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics


    This document is a final report that summarizes the research findings and research activities supported by the subcontract DOE-LANL-9-XG8-3931P-1 between the University of Illinois (D. S. Stewart Principal Investigator) and the University of California (Los Alamos National Laboratory, M-Division). The main focus of the work has been on investigations of Detonation Shock Dynamics. A second emphasis has been on modeling compaction of energetic materials and deflagration to detonation in those materials. The work has led to a number of extensions of the theory of Detonation Shock Dynamics (DSD) and its application as an engineering design method for high explosive systems. The work also enhanced the hydrocode capabilities of researchers in M-Division by modifications to CAVEAT, an existing Los Alamos hydrocode. Linear stability studies of detonation flows were carried out for the purpose of code verification. This work also broadened the existing theory for detonation. The work in this contract has led to the development of one-phase models for dynamic compaction of porous energetic materials and laid the groundwork for subsequent studies. Some work that modeled the discrete heterogeneous behavior of propellant beds was also performed. The contract supported the efforts of D. S. Stewart and a Postdoctoral student H. I. Lee at the University of Illinois.

  8. Detonation Synthesis of Alpha-Variant Silicon Carbide (United States)

    Langenderfer, Martin; Johnson, Catherine; Fahrenholtz, William; Mochalin, Vadym


    A recent research study has been undertaken to develop facilities for conducting detonation synthesis of nanomaterials. This process involves a familiar technique that has been utilized for the industrial synthesis of nanodiamonds. Developments through this study have allowed for experimentation with the concept of modifying explosive compositions to induce synthesis of new nanomaterials. Initial experimentation has been conducted with the end goal being synthesis of alpha variant silicon carbide (α-SiC) in the nano-scale. The α-SiC that can be produced through detonation synthesis methods is critical to the ceramics industry because of a number of unique properties of the material. Conventional synthesis of α-SiC results in formation of crystals greater than 100 nm in diameter, outside nano-scale. It has been theorized that the high temperature and pressure of an explosive detonation can be used for the formation of α-SiC in the sub 100 nm range. This paper will discuss in detail the process development for detonation nanomaterial synthesis facilities, optimization of explosive charge parameters to maximize nanomaterial yield, and introduction of silicon to the detonation reaction environment to achieve first synthesis of nano-sized alpha variant silicon carbide.

  9. Density Gradient Separation of Detonation Soot for Nanocarbon Characterization (United States)

    Ringstrand, Bryan; Jungjohann, Katie; Seifert, Sonke; Firestone, Millicent; Podlesak, David


    Detonation of high explosives (HE) can expand our understanding of chemical bonding at extreme conditions as well as the opportunity to prepare carbon nanomaterials. In order to understand detonation mechanisms, nanocarbon characterization contained within the soot is paramount. Thus, benign purification methods for detonation soot are important for its characterization. Progress towards a non-traditional approach to detonation soot processing is presented. Purification of soot using heavy liquid media such as sodium polytungstate to separate soot components based on their density was tested based on the premise that different nanocarbons possess different densities [ ρ = 1.79 g/cm3 (graphene) and ρ = 3.05 g/cm3 (nanodiamond)]. Analysis using XRD, SAXS, WAXS, Raman, XPS, TEM, and NMR provided information about particle morphology and carbon hybridization. Detonation synthesis offers an avenue for the discovery of new carbon frameworks. In addition, understanding reactions at extreme conditions provides for more accurate predictions of HE performance, explosion intent, and simulation refinement. These results are of interest to both the nanoscience and shock physics communities. We acknowledge the support of the U.S. Department of Energy LANL/LDRD Program (LANL #20150050DR). LA-UR-17-21502.

  10. The influence of the gaseous by-products from detonation and inert additives to explosives on the efficiency of mining rock breakdown

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    Komir, V.M.; Chebenko, V.N.; Napadailo, V.I.; Rodak, S.N.


    Results are given from experiments to determine the influence of inert additives to explosives on the intensity of crushing mining rock. The mechanism of the blast action during the destruction of the samples using carbonic acid and sand as the additives is examined. An analysis of the experimental results demonstrated that the disjoining action of the detonation products is the result of the determinate role of the radial cracks in increasing the radius of the zone--these waves are generated by the shock wave. The efficiency of the blast may be increased by using easily-decomposing additives in the explosive that during explosion, evaporate, and both give off a large amount of gas and decrease the temperature of the detonation products, and consequently, the intensity of heat exchange with the rock.

  11. Deflagration-to-detonation transition control by high voltage nanosecond discharges (United States)

    Starikovskii, Andrei; Rakitin, Aleksandr


    A smooth square detonation tube with a transverse size of 20 mm and a single-cell discharge chamber has been assembled to study DDT mechanisms under initiation by high-voltage nanosecond discharges. Stoichiometric propane-oxygen mixture was used at initial pressures of 0.3 and 1 bar. Two general mechanisms of DDT initiation have been observed and explained under the experimental conditions. When initiated by a spark, the mixture ignites simultaneously over the volume of the discharge channel, producing a shock wave with Mach number over 2 and a flame wave. The waves then form an accelerating complex, and, after it reaches a certain velocity, an adiabatic explosion occurs resulting in DDT. At 1 bar of initial pressure, the DDT length and time do not exceed 50 mm and 50 μs, respectively. Under streamer initiation, the mixture inside the discharge channel is excited non-uniformly. The mixture is first ignited at the hottest spot with the shortest ignition delay, which is at the high voltage electrode tip. Originating at this point, the ignition wave starts propagating along the channel and accelerates up to the CJ velocity value. The initiation energy is by an order of magnitude lower for the streamer-gradient mode when compared to the spark initiation.

  12. On Possibility of Detonation Products Temperature Measurements of Emulsion Explosives

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    Silvestrov V. V.


    Full Text Available The new view on the structure of the radiance signal recorded by optical pyrometer and the preliminary results of brightness detonation temperature of the emulsion explosive are presented. The structure of an optical signal observed is typical for the heterogeneous explosives. First, there is the short temperature spike to 2500 ÷ 3300 K connecting with a formation of “hot spots” assembly that fire the matrix capable of exothermal reaction. Then the relaxation of radiance to equilibrium level is observed that corresponds to brightness temperature 1840 ÷ 2260 K of explosion products at detonation pressure 1 ÷ 11 GPa. Experimental results are compared with the calculations of other authors. The detonation temperature of the investigated explosive is measured for the first time.

  13. Controlled Detonation Dynamics in Additively Manufactured High Explosives (United States)

    Schmalzer, Andrew; Tappan, Bryce; Bowden, Patrick; Manner, Virginia; Clements, Brad; Menikoff, Ralph; Ionita, Axinte; Branch, Brittany; Dattelbaum, Dana; Espy, Michelle; Patterson, Brian; Wu, Ruilian; Mueller, Alexander


    The effect of structure in explosives has long been a subject of interest to explosives engineers and scientists. Through structure, detonation dynamics in explosives can be manipulated, introducing a new level of safety and directed performance into these previously difficult to control materials. New advances in additive manufacturing (AM) allow the deliberate introduction of exact internal structures at dimensions approaching the mesoscale of these energetic materials. We show through simulation and experiment that this structure can be used to control detonation behavior by manipulating complex shockwave interactions. We use high-speed video and shorting mag-wires to determine the detonation velocity in AM generated explosive structures, demonstrating, for the first time, a method of controlling the directional propagation of reactive flow through the controlled introduction of structure within a high explosive. With ongoing improvement in the AM methods available coupled with guidance through modeling and simulations, more complex interactions are being explored. LANL LDRD Office.

  14. Study on low velocity detonation phenomena in Nitromethane

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    A Osada


    Full Text Available In detonation of an explosive, there are two forms, high velocity detonation(HVD and low velocity detonation (LVD. For example, it is known that thedetonation velocities of methyl nitrate are 6700m/s in HVD and 2500m/s inLVD. In a liquid explosive, the highest pressure of LVD changes with thetype of explosive and conditions, is a few GPa and has destructive powerequivalent to HVD. It is important also for security to get to know the actualcondition of LVD. Moreover, it is important that the performance ofexplosives is completely understood to control HVD, LVD, and deflagration,and to predict the behavior of the explosive.

  15. Helium in double-detonation models of type Ia supernovae (United States)

    Boyle, Aoife; Sim, Stuart A.; Hachinger, Stephan; Kerzendorf, Wolfgang


    The double-detonation explosion model has been considered a candidate for explaining astrophysical transients with a wide range of luminosities. In this model, a carbon-oxygen white dwarf star explodes following detonation of a surface layer of helium. One potential signature of this explosion mechanism is the presence of unburned helium in the outer ejecta, left over from the surface helium layer. In this paper we present simple approximations to estimate the optical depths of important He i lines in the ejecta of double-detonation models. We use these approximations to compute synthetic spectra, including the He i lines, for double-detonation models obtained from hydrodynamical explosion simulations. Specifically, we focus on photospheric-phase predictions for the near-infrared 10 830 Å and 2 μm lines of He i. We first consider a double detonation model with a luminosity corresponding roughly to normal SNe Ia. This model has a post-explosion unburned He mass of 0.03 M⊙ and our calculations suggest that the 2 μm feature is expected to be very weak but that the 10 830 Å feature may have modest opacity in the outer ejecta. Consequently, we suggest that a moderate-to-weak He i 10 830 Å feature may be expected to form in double-detonation explosions at epochs around maximum light. However, the high velocities of unburned helium predicted by the model ( 19 000 km s-1) mean that the He i 10 830 Å feature may be confused or blended with the C i 10 690 Å line forming at lower velocities. We also present calculations for the He i 10 830 Å and 2 μm lines for a lower mass (low luminosity) double detonation model, which has a post-explosion He mass of 0.077 M⊙. In this case, both the He i features we consider are strong and can provide a clear observational signature of the double-detonation mechanism.

  16. Scattering of electromagnetic waves from a half space of densely distributed dielectric scatterers (United States)

    Tsang, L.; Kong, J. A.


    The scattering of a plane wave obliquely incident on a half space of densely distributed spherical dielectric scatterers is studied. The quasi-crystalline approximation is applied to truncate the hierarchy of multiple scattering equations, and the Percus-Yevick and the Verlet-Weis results are used to represent the pair distribution function. The coherent reflected wave is studied with these approximations. The incoherent scattered wave is calculated with the distorted Born approximation. In the low-frequency limit, closed-form expressions are obtained for the effective propagation constants, the coherent reflected wave, and the bistatic scattering coeficients. Results at higher frequencies are calculated numerically. The advantage of the present approach is that, in the low-frequency limit, it reproduces the effects of specular reflection, Fresnel reflection coefficient, Brewster angle, and Clausius-Mosotti relation. In addition to the classical results, the bistatic scattering coefficients are also calculated. The theory is also applied to match backscattering data from dry snow at microwave frequencies.

  17. a Simple Line Wave Generator Using Commercial Explosives (United States)

    Morris, John S.; Jackson, Scott I.; Hill, Larry G.


    We present a simple and inexpensive explosive line wave generator which has been designed using commercial sheet explosive and plane wave lens concepts. The line wave generator is constructed using PETN- and RDX-based sheet explosive for the slow and fast components, respectively, and permits the creation of any desired line width. A series of experiments were performed on a 100-mm design, measuring the detonation arrival time at the output of the generator using a streak camera. An iterative technique was used to adjust the line wave generator's slow and fast components, so as to minimize the arrival time deviation. Preliminary tests achieved a wavefront simultaneity of 100 ns with a 7.0 mm/μs detonation wave. Designs, test results, and concepts for improvements are discussed.

  18. HERMES: A Model to Describe Deformation, Burning, Explosion, and Detonation

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    Reaugh, J E


    HERMES (High Explosive Response to MEchanical Stimulus) was developed to fill the need for a model to describe an explosive response of the type described as BVR (Burn to Violent Response) or HEVR (High Explosive Violent Response). Characteristically this response leaves a substantial amount of explosive unconsumed, the time to reaction is long, and the peak pressure developed is low. In contrast, detonations characteristically consume all explosive present, the time to reaction is short, and peak pressures are high. However, most of the previous models to describe explosive response were models for detonation. The earliest models to describe the response of explosives to mechanical stimulus in computer simulations were applied to intentional detonation (performance) of nearly ideal explosives. In this case, an ideal explosive is one with a vanishingly small reaction zone. A detonation is supersonic with respect to the undetonated explosive (reactant). The reactant cannot respond to the pressure of the detonation before the detonation front arrives, so the precise compressibility of the reactant does not matter. Further, the mesh sizes that were practical for the computer resources then available were large with respect to the reaction zone. As a result, methods then used to model detonations, known as {beta}-burn or program burn, were not intended to resolve the structure of the reaction zone. Instead, these methods spread the detonation front over a few finite-difference zones, in the same spirit that artificial viscosity is used to spread the shock front in inert materials over a few finite-difference zones. These methods are still widely used when the structure of the reaction zone and the build-up to detonation are unimportant. Later detonation models resolved the reaction zone. These models were applied both to performance, particularly as it is affected by the size of the charge, and to situations in which the stimulus was less than that needed for reliable

  19. The Structure of Carbon Detonation in Type Ia Supernovae (United States)

    Fryxell, B.; Timmes, F. X.; Zingale, M.; Dursi, L. J.; Ricker, P.; Olson, K.; Calder, A. C.; Tufo, H.; Truran, J. W.; Rosner, R.; MacNeice, P.


    Type Ia Supernova explosions are thought to begin as deflagrations in the center of accreting white dwarfs. Observations suggest that at some point, the burning undergoes a transition from a deflagration to a detonation front. We describe high-resolution three-dimensional simulations of the structure of such a detonation. The pre-detonation material is assumed to be pure C12 at a density of 107 g cm-3. A cellular structure develops behind the front, leaving pockets of unburned fuel. The cellular instability is unlikely to have any observational consequences at this density, since the cell size is only a few centimeters. However, as the detonation approaches the surface, the cell size will become comparable to the radius of the star, leaving a nonspherical distribution of reaction products and modifying the spectral signature of the explosion. The calculations were performed on 1000 processors of ASCI Blue Pacific at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory using the Flash Code developed at the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago. They represent by far the largest simulations ever carried out on the detailed structure of burning fronts in Type Ia supernovae. This work was supported in part by the Department of Energy Grant No. B341495 to the Center for Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago under the ASCI Strategic Alliances Program and by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

  20. Cellular Structure and Oscillating Behavior of PBX Detonations (United States)

    Plaksin, Igor; Rodrigues, Luis; Mendes, Ricardo; Plaksin, Svyatoslav; Ferreira, Claudia; Fernandes, Eduardo


    Efforts are aimed on experimental study of reaction localization/instabilities manifested in detonation reaction zone (DRZ) of PBXs at micro-, meso- and macro-scale. At micro- and meso-scale levels, leading role of kinetic nonequilibrium in reaction localizations onset was established in experiments with single beta-HMX crystals-in-binder subjected to 20 GPa-shock and PBX detonation. Reaction localizations and further ejecta formation were spatially resolved by 96-channel optical analyzer at simultaneous recording reaction light and stress field around crystal. Spatially resolved measurements reveal fundamental role of shear-strain in triggering initiation chemistry. At macro-scale level, formation of the cell-structures and oscillating detonation regimes revealed in HMX- and RDX-based PBXs at wide variation of grain-sizes, wt. % filler/binder, residual micro-voids and binder nature. Emphasizes placed on effect of DRZ-induced radiation upon oscillating regimes of detonation front motion. Work was supported by the ONR and ONR Global Grants N00014-12-1-0477 and N62909-12-1-7131 with Drs. Clifford Bedford and John Zimmerman Program Managers.

  1. Detonation and combustion of explosives: A selected bibliography

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    Dobratz, B. [comp.


    This bibliography consists of citations pertinent to the subjects of combustion and detonation of energetic materials, especially, but not exclusively, of secondary solid high explosives. These references were selected from abstracting sources, conference proceedings, reviews, and also individual works. The entries are arranged alphabetically by first author and numbered sequentially. A keyword index is appended.

  2. Detonation equation of state at LLNL, 1995. Revision 3

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    Souers, P.C.; Wu, B.; Haselman, L.C. Jr.


    JWL`s and 1-D Look-up tables are shown to work for ``one-track`` experiments like cylinder shots and the expanding sphere. They fail for ``many-track`` experiments like the compressed sphere. As long as the one-track experiment has dimensions larger than the explosive`s reaction zone and the explosive is near-ideal, a general JWL with R{sub 1} = 4.5 and R{sub 2} = 1.5 can be constructed, with both {omega} and E{sub o} being calculated from thermochemical codes. These general JWL`s allow comparison between various explosives plus recalculation of the JWL for different densities. The Bigplate experiment complements the cylinder test by providing continuous oblique angles of shock incidence from 0{degrees} to 70{degrees}. Explosive reaction zone lengths are determined from metal plate thicknesses, extrapolated run-to-detonation distances, radius size effects and detonation front curvature. Simple theories of the cylinder test, Bigplate, the cylinder size effect and detonation front curvature are given. The detonation front lag at the cylinder edge is shown to be proportional to the half-power of the reaction zone length. By calibrating for wall blow-out, a full set of reaction zone lengths from PETN to ANFO are obtained. The 1800--2100 K freezing effect is shown to be caused by rapid cooling of the product gases. Compiled comparative data for about 80 explosives is listed. Ten Chapters plus an Appendix.

  3. Haemocompatibility Of Non-Functionalized And Plasmachemical Functionalized Detonation Nanodiamond Particles

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    Mitura K.


    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to present the innovative design of microwave plasma system for modification of detonation nanodiamond particles (DNP using a special rotating drum placed inside the reactor. Nanodiamond particles manufactured by detonation method reveal the biological activity depending on surface functionalization. Plasmachemical modification of detonation nanodiamond particles gives the possibility of controlling surface of nanodiamonds particles in biological tests. In this paper we would like to compare detonation nanodiamond (the grain sizes from 2 to 5 nm with modified detonation nanodiamond in rotary reactor chamber, by microwave plasma activated chemical vapour deposition (MW PACVD method in materials research (Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy and in vitro examinations with full of human blood. The results indicate haemocompatibility of non-modified detonation nanodiamond and modified nanodiamond by MW PACVD method in rotary reactor chamber (modified ND-3 and the presence of haemolysis in commercial detonation nanodiamond.

  4. Characteristics analysis of the one-dimensional pulsating dynamics of chain-branching detonations (United States)

    Leung, C.; Radulescu, M. I.; Sharpe, G. J.


    The nonlinear pulsating mechanism of one-dimensional detonations was studied numerically using a simple two-step chain-branching model with separate induction and reaction zones. Numerical simulations were performed for a wide range of parameters, which revealed four distinct pulsating regimes classified according to the mechanism controlling the frequency of the pulsations. The dynamics of these regimes were clarified by reconstructing the characteristics, representing the trajectory of pressure waves and particle paths. The high and low frequency regimes of oscillation previously observed in one-step and realistic chemistry simulations were clarified. Under some parameter range, simultaneous low and high frequency pulsations were observed. A novel regime was also found with a pulsation period smaller than the induction time. It involves coupling between the acoustic and the reactivity disturbances propagating, respectively, along the C- and C0 characteristics. These are generated at successive lead shock pulsations and arrive at the reaction zone simultaneously. For all regimes, the dominating mechanism of the pulsating instability was found to be in good qualitative agreement with Toong's phenomenological model based on the wave dynamics in a square wave reaction zone structure.

  5. Flow Visualization of a Rotating Detonation Engine (United States)


    pressure-volume diagram of one-dimensional steady-state flow analysis , this solution is defined as “detonation”). Additionally, the waves...s and equivalence ratio was 1.6) Note: images and movie in the figure are inverted right to left in order to make them compatible with the other...combustion chamber. On the other hand, the velocity from the pressure sensor was calculated using an FFT analysis . As shown in Fig. 7(a), there was

  6. Flow of a mixture of reactive gases: H{sub 2}-air detonation with a model of 8 reactions

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    Rouboa, A. [Univ. of Evry val d`Essonne (France); Poissant, G. [I.U.T. d`Evry (France); Forestier, A. [L.T.M.E., St. Paul-lez-Durance (France); Gibert, R.J. [C.E.A. Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette (France)


    This report deals with the modeling of a flow in the case of a reactive gas mixture submitted to a detonation wave. The system of Euler multispecies equations is coupled with a reactional model of eight reactions. In order to solve this system numerically, a finite volume formulation is used, based on the Van Leer method. In spite of the fact that the studied tests present some difficulties due to non regular structures and severe shock waves, the authors obtain satisfying results. In this paper, they present a monodimensional example. This paper is divided into four sections: in the first one, the authors have given Euler`s multispecies equations, in a second, they have proposed a kinetic model of the hydrogen-oxygen mixtures, in a third one, they have presented a resolution method and the results of a common numeric test (impact tube). Finally, they have explained the future prospects for the evolution of a more efficient model.

  7. A technique for establishing oblique detonations at high velocities (United States)

    Dabora, E. K.; Wagner, H. Gg.; Desbordes, D.

    A technique for establishing oblique detonations at hypersonic velocities is described. The technique is used to produce oblique detonations in C 2H2-air at an equivalence ratio of 0.75 (normal CJ velocity = 1770 m/s) at a velocity of 3300 m/s. On décrit une méthode d'obtention des détonations obliques à vitesse hypersonique. La méthode est utilisée pour produire des détonations obliques dans un mélange de C2H2-air à richesse de 0,75 (vitesse CJ normale = 1770 m/s) avec une célérité de 3300 m/s.

  8. Ground-based Nuclear Detonation Detection (GNDD) Technology Roadmap

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    Casey, Leslie A.


    This GNDD Technology Roadmap is intended to provide guidance to potential researchers and help management define research priorities to achieve technology advancements for ground-based nuclear explosion monitoring science being pursued by the Ground-based Nuclear Detonation Detection (GNDD) Team within the Office of Nuclear Detonation Detection in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Four science-based elements were selected to encompass the entire scope of nuclear monitoring research and development (R&D) necessary to facilitate breakthrough scientific results, as well as deliver impactful products. Promising future R&D is delineated including dual use associated with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Important research themes as well as associated metrics are identified along with a progression of accomplishments, represented by a selected bibliography, that are precursors to major improvements to nuclear explosion monitoring.

  9. Far Field Modeling Methods For Characterizing Surface Detonations

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    Garrett, A. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) analyzed particle samples collected during experiments that were designed to replicate tests of nuclear weapons components that involve detonation of high explosives (HE). SRNL collected the particle samples in the HE debris cloud using innovative rocket propelled samplers. SRNL used scanning electronic microscopy to determine the elemental constituents of the particles and their size distributions. Depleted uranium composed about 7% of the particle contents. SRNL used the particle size distributions and elemental composition to perform transport calculations that indicate in many terrains and atmospheric conditions the uranium bearing particles will be transported long distances downwind. This research established that HE tests specific to nuclear proliferation should be detectable at long downwind distances by sampling airborne particles created by the test detonations.

  10. Thrust Measurements for a Pulse Detonation Engine Driven Ejector (United States)

    Santoro, Robert J.; Pak, Sibtosh; Shehadeh, R.; Saretto, S. R.; Lee, S.-Y.


    Results of an experimental effort on pulse detonation driven ejectors aimed at probing different aspects of PDE ejector processes, are presented and discussed. The PDE was operated using ethylene as the fuel and an equimolar oxygen/nitrogen mixture as the oxidizer at an equivalence ratio of one. The thrust measurements for the PDE alone are in excellent agreement with experimental and modeling results reported in the literature and serve as a Baseline for the ejector studies. These thrust measurements were then used as a basis for quantifying thrust augmentation for various PDE/ejector setups using constant diameter ejector tubes and various detonation tube/ejector tube overlap distances. The results show that for the geometries studied here, a maximum thrust augmentation of 24% is achieved. The thrust augmentation results are complemented by shadowgraph imaging of the flowfield in the ejector tube inlet area and high frequency pressure transducer measurements along the length of the ejector tube.

  11. Set-valued solutions for non-ideal detonation

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    Semenko, Roman


    The existence and structure of a steady-state gaseous detonation propagating in a packed bed of solid inert particles are analyzed in the one-dimensional approximation by taking into consideration frictional and heat losses between the gas and the particles. A new formulation of the governing equations is introduced that eliminates the difficulties with numerical integration across the sonic singularity in the reactive Euler equations. With the new algorithm, we find that when the sonic point disappears from the flow, there exists a one-parameter family of solutions parameterized by either pressure or temperature at the end of the reaction zone. These solutions (termed “set-valued” here) correspond to a continuous spectrum of the eigenvalue problem that determines the detonation velocity as a function of a loss factor.

  12. Engineering models of deflagration-to-detonation transition

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    Bdzil, J.B.; Son, S.F.


    For the past two years, Los Alamos has supported research into the deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) in damaged energetic materials as part of the explosives safety program. This program supported both a theory/modeling group and an experimentation group. The goal of the theory/modeling group was to examine the various modeling structures (one-phase models, two-phase models, etc.) and select from these a structure suitable to model accidental initiation of detonation in damaged explosives. The experimental data on low-velocity piston supported DDT in granular explosive was to serve as a test bed to help in the selection process. Three theoretical models have been examined in the course of this study: (1) the Baer-Nunziato (BN) model, (2) the Stewart-Prasad-Asay (SPA) model and (3) the Bdzil-Kapila-Stewart model. Here we describe these models, discuss their properties, and compare their features.

  13. Performance, Applications, and Analysis of Rotating Detonation Engine Technologies (Preprint) (United States)


    Scott W. Theuerkauf, and Frederick R. Schauer Combustion Branch Turbine Engine Division Matthew L. Fotia, Andrew G. Naples, Christopher A...5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 62203F 6. AUTHOR(S) Brent A. Rankin, Scott W. Theuerkauf, and Frederick R. Schauer (AFRL/RQTC) Matthew L. Fotia, Andrew...unlimited. Performance, Application, and Analysis of Rotating Detonation Engine Technologies Brent A. Rankin1, Scott W. Theuerkauf2, and Frederick R

  14. Transient Heat Transfer Properties in a Pulse Detonation Combustor (United States)


    Applications,” M.S. Thesis, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, March 2010. [7] F.P. Incropera , and D.P. Dewitt, Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer ...cooling water mass flow rates through each individual cooling jacket was used to determine the average heat transfer rate in Watts. The maximum...DATES COVERED Master’s Thesis 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Transient Heat Transfer Properties in a Pulse Detonation Combustor 6. AUTHOR(S) Dion Glenn

  15. Detonation Characteristics of Mixtures of HMX and Emulsion Explosives (United States)


    advantages over other commercial explosives such as ammonium nitrate/fuel oil ( ANFO ) and slurries, both of which have been used extensively by the NWE...which in turn results in a matrix with a high density and high detonation velocity relative to ANFO . In addition, the water-soluble salt solution is...that, at this diameter, the 40/60 mix is approaching ideal behavior and the heavy HMX loading makes the BKWR parameters appropriate for "RDX- like

  16. Fluidically augmented nozzles for pulse detonation engine applications


    Smith, Larry R.


    Pulse Detonation Engines (PDE) operate in a cyclic manner resulting in large changes in the combustion chamber pressure. The widely varying pressure ratio between the chamber and nozzle exit makes it difficult to efficiently produce thrust since a fixed area ratio exhaust nozzle would operate off design nearly the entire cycle. Therefore, a nozzle with the capability to create the necessary area ratio throughout the cycle is required to produce an effective and efficient thrust profile. A dyn...

  17. The unique signal concept for detonation safety in nuclear weapons

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    Spray, S.D.; Cooper, J.A.


    The purpose of a unique signal (UQS) in a nuclear weapon system is to provide an unambiguous communication of intent to detonate from the UQS information input source device to a stronglink safety device in the weapon in a manner that is highly unlikely to be duplicated or simulated in normal environments and in a broad range of ill-defined abnormal environments. This report presents safety considerations for the design and implementation of UQSs in the context of the overall safety system.

  18. Shock and Detonation Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory

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    Robbins, David L [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dattelbaum, Dana M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sheffield, Steve A [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    WX-9 serves the Laboratory and the Nation by delivering quality technical results, serving customers that include the Nuclear Weapons Program (DOE/NNSA), the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies. The scientific expertise of the group encompasses equations-of-state, shock compression science, phase transformations, detonation physics including explosives initiation, detonation propagation, and reaction rates, spectroscopic methods and velocimetry, and detonation and equation-of-state theory. We are also internationally-recognized in ultra-fast laser shock methods and associated diagnostics, and are active in the area of ultra-sensitive explosives detection. The facility capital enabling the group to fulfill its missions include a number of laser systems, both for laser-driven shocks, and spectroscopic analysis, high pressure gas-driven guns and powder guns for high velocity plate impact experiments, explosively-driven techniques, static high pressure devices including diamond anvil cells and dilatometers coupled with spectroscopic probes, and machine shops and target fabrication facilities.

  19. Characterization of carbon-encapsulated permalloy nanoparticles prepared through detonation (United States)

    Li, Xueqi; Li, Xiaojie; Wang, Xiaohong; Pan, Xuncen; Yan, Honghao


    Carbon-encapsulated Fe-Ni alloy nanoparticles were synthesized through detonation using two composite explosive precursors doped with Fe (NO3)3 · 9H2O and Ni(NO3)2 · 6H2O · The morphology, components, and magnetism of the synthesized carbon-encapsulated alloy nanoparticles were characterized through x-ray diffraction studies (XRD, Rigaku, D/Max 2400, Japan), Raman spectroscopy (Raman, Thermo Fisher, DXR Microscope, USA), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM, FEI, Technai F30, USA) attached with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM, JDM-13, China) analyses. The denotation products of the two precursors were compared. The influence of the components of the two precursors on the products was also analyzed. Results showed that both precursors detonated and synthesized the carbon-encapsulated Fe-Ni nanoparticles with a core-shell structure. The grains exhibited sizes ranging from 10 nm to 100 nm and were uniformly distributed. The encapsulated metal core was mainly composed of different proportions of Fe and Ni. The outer shell was composed of graphite and amorphous carbon. VSM analysis indicated that the detonated composite nanoparticles showed superparamagnetism at room temperature.

  20. Energy Loss in Pulse Detonation Engine due to Fuel Viscosity

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    Weipeng Hu


    Full Text Available Fluid viscosity is a significant factor resulting in the energy loss in most fluid dynamical systems. To analyze the energy loss in the pulse detonation engine (PDE due to the viscosity of the fuel, the energy loss in the Burgers model excited by periodic impulses is investigated based on the generalized multisymplectic method in this paper. Firstly, the single detonation energy is simplified as an impulse; thus the complex detonation process is simplified. And then, the symmetry of the Burgers model excited by periodic impulses is studied in the generalized multisymplectic framework and the energy loss expression is obtained. Finally, the energy loss in the Burgers model is investigated numerically. The results in this paper can be used to explain the difference between the theoretical performance and the experimental performance of the PDE partly. In addition, the analytical approach of this paper can be extended to the analysis of the energy loss in other fluid dynamic systems due to the fluid viscosity.

  1. Formic Acid Investigation for the Prediction of High Explosive Detonation Properties and Performance (United States)



  2. Fundamental Structure of High-Speed Reacting Flows: Supersonic Combustion and Detonation (United States)


    liquid rocket engines, studied the concept of rotating detonation rocket engine in both gaseous and two-phase propellants . Recently, there have been...AFRL-AFOSR-VA-TR-2016-0195 Fundamental Structure of High-Speed Reacting Flows: Supersonic Combustion and Detonation Kenneth Yu MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE...MARCH 2016 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE FUNDAMENTAL STRUCTURE OF HIGH-SPEED REACTING FLOWS: SUPERSONIC COMBUSTION AND DETONATION 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER

  3. Effect of Void Size on the Detonation Pressure of Emulsion Explosives (United States)

    Hirosaki, Yoshikazu; Murata, Kenji; Kato, Yukio; Itoh, Shigeru


    To study the effect of void size, detonation pressure as well as detonation velocity was measured using PVDF pressure gauge for the emulsion explosives sensitized with plastic balloons of five different size ranging from 0.05mm to 2.42mm. The experimental results were compared with the detonation pressure and velocity calculated using KHT code. The experimental results showed that the detonation pressure and velocity were strongly affected by void size, and that the fraction of ammonium nitrate reacted in the reaction zone was strongly dependent on void size.

  4. Statistical simulation of the flow of vibrationally preexcited hydrogen in a shock tube and the possibility of physical detonation (United States)

    Kulikov, S. V.; Chervonnaya, N. A.; Ternovaya, O. N.


    The direct simulation Monte Carlo method is used to numerically simulate the problem of the shock wave front in vibrationally excited hydrogen flowing in the low-pressure channel of a shock tube. It is assumed that the vibrational temperature of the hydrogen equals 3000 K. The cases of partially and completely excited hydrogen are considered. Equilibrium hydrogen is applied as a pusher gas, but its concentration is 50 times higher than the hydrogen concentration in the low-pressure channel. In addition, the strength of the shock wave is varied by heating the pusher gas. It has been shown that, if the prestored vibrational energy is weakly converted to translational energy, the shock wave slows down over time. If the energy conversion is sufficiently intense, when the pusher gas is warm and only completely vibrationally excited hydrogen is in the low-pressure channel, the wave gains speed over time (its velocity increases roughly by a factor of 1.5). This causes physical detonation, in which case the parameters of the wave become dependent on the vibrational-to-thermal energy conversion and independent of the way of its initiation.

  5. Shock-to-detonation transition in solid heterogeneous explosives; La transition choc-detonation dans les explosifs solides heterogenes

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    Belmas, R.


    This paper is an overview of the studies performed during the last decades on the shock-to-detonation transition process in heterogeneous explosives. We present the experimental and theoretical approaches mentioned in the literature and/or developed at CEA/DAM. The aim is to identify which main mechanisms govern this transition process and to evaluate the relevance of the available modeling tools. (author)

  6. Contribution to the study of detonation initiation by shock in solid explosives (1961); Contribution a l'etude de l'initiation de la detonation par choc dans les explosifs solides (1961)

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    Fauquignon, C. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Saclay (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires


    When a shock wave is induced in an explosive, it can initiate chemical reactions which lead more or less rapidly to a stable detonation state. In this study more particular attention was paid to the transition phase, in which has been evaluated the increases in the wave velocity, the pressure, and the electrical conductivity. The influence of the nature of the medium in front of the wave and in contact with the explosive has also been the subject of an experimental study designed to determine the extent to which its nature can be ignored and, subsequently, to characterise the initiation conditions using only the shock intensity induced in the explosive. Finally, the results were generalized for various explosive compositions and led to the development of a possible mechanism for shock initiation. (author) [French] Lorsqu'une onde de choc est induite dans un explosif, elle peut y amorcer des reactions chimiques qui conduisent plus ou moins rapidement a un regime de detonation stable. Dans cette etude, on s'est interesse plus particulierement a la phase transitoire dans laquelle on a evalue l'accroissement de la vitesse d'onde, de la pression et de la conductibilite electrique. L'influence du milieu amont, au contact de l'explosif, a egalement fait l'objet de recherches experimentales de facon a determiner dans quelle mesure on pouvait s'affranchir de sa nature et, par suite, caracteriser les conditions d'initiation par la seule intensite du choc induit dans l'explosif. Enfin, les resultats ont ete generalises a diverses compositions explosives et ont conduit a l'elaboration d'un schema possible du mecanisme de l'initiation par choc. (auteur)

  7. Deflagration Wave Profiles

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    Menikoff, Ralph [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    Shock initiation in a plastic-bonded explosives (PBX) is due to hot spots. Current reactive burn models are based, at least heuristically, on the ignition and growth concept. The ignition phase occurs when a small localized region of high temperature (or hot spot) burns on a fast time scale. This is followed by a growth phase in which a reactive front spreads out from the hot spot. Propagating reactive fronts are deflagration waves. A key question is the deflagration speed in a PBX compressed and heated by a shock wave that generated the hot spot. Here, the ODEs for a steady deflagration wave profile in a compressible fluid are derived, along with the needed thermodynamic quantities of realistic equations of state corresponding to the reactants and products of a PBX. The properties of the wave profile equations are analyzed and an algorithm is derived for computing the deflagration speed. As an illustrative example, the algorithm is applied to compute the deflagration speed in shock compressed PBX 9501 as a function of shock pressure. The calculated deflagration speed, even at the CJ pressure, is low compared to the detonation speed. The implication of this are briefly discussed.

  8. [Research on diagnosis of gas-liquid detonation exhaust based on double optical path absortion spectroscopy technique]. (United States)

    Lü, Xiao-Jing; Li, Ning; Weng, Chun-Sheng


    The effect detection of detonation exhaust can provide measurement data for exploring the formation mechanism of detonation, the promotion of detonation efficiency and the reduction of fuel waste. Based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy technique combined with double optical path cross-correlation algorithm, the article raises the diagnosis method to realize the on-line testing of detonation exhaust velocity, temperature and H2O gas concentration. The double optical path testing system is designed and set up for the valveless pulse detonation engine with the diameter of 80 mm. By scanning H2O absorption lines of 1343nm with a high frequency of 50 kHz, the on-line detection of gas-liquid pulse detonation exhaust is realized. The results show that the optical testing system based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy technique can capture the detailed characteristics of pulse detonation exhaust in the transient process of detonation. The duration of single detonation is 85 ms under laboratory conditions, among which supersonic injection time is 5.7 ms and subsonic injection time is 19.3 ms. The valveless pulse detonation engine used can work under frequency of 11 Hz. The velocity of detonation overflowing the detonation tube is 1,172 m x s(-1), the maximum temperature of detonation exhaust near the nozzle is 2 412 K. There is a transitory platform in the velocity curve as well as the temperature curve. H2O gas concentration changes between 0-7% during detonation under experimental conditions. The research can provide measurement data for the detonation process diagnosis and analysis, which is of significance to advance the detonation mechanism research and promote the research of pulse detonation engine control technology.

  9. Free-surface velocity measurements of plates driven by reacting and detonating RX-03-BB and PBX-0404

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    Erickson, L.M.; Palmer, H.G.; Parker, N.L.; Vantine, H.C.


    Copper plates 90 mm in diameter, of thickness 0.25 mm and 0.5 mm, were accelerated by an adjacent 17 mm thick cylinder of RX-03-BB or PBX-9404-03. The explosive was initiated by impact of a thick flyer from the LLNL 102 mm gun, providing either a reactive or fully detonating wave, by appropriate choice of flyer velocities up to 1.30 mm/ The free surface velocity of the plates were measured with a Fabry-Perot velocimeter. Excellent experimental free-surface velocity histories have been obtained. Calculations of this history employing beta-burn and nucleation and growth high explosives models are in good agreement with fully detonating experiments. For reacting RX-03-BB, adjustments in the parameter are needed. The experimental technique gives records whose agreement with calculation is sensitive to the model and is therefore a good way of testing new high explosive models. Also, this method allows one to infer information about the reaction zone length.

  10. 29th International Symposium on Shock Waves

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    Ranjan, Devesh


    This proceedings present the results of the 29th International Symposium on Shock Waves (ISSW29) which was held in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A., from July 14 to July 19, 2013. It was organized by the Wisconsin Shock Tube Laboratory, which is part of the College of Engineering of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The ISSW29 focused on the following areas: Blast Waves, Chemically Reactive Flows, Detonation and Combustion,  Facilities, Flow Visualization, Hypersonic Flow, Ignition, Impact and Compaction, Industrial Applications, Magnetohydrodynamics, Medical and Biological Applications, Nozzle Flow, Numerical Methods, Plasmas, Propulsion, Richtmyer-Meshkov Instability, Shock-Boundary Layer Interaction, Shock Propagation and Reflection, Shock Vortex Interaction, Shock Waves in Condensed Matter, Shock Waves in Multiphase Flow, as well as Shock Waves in Rarefield Flow. The two Volumes contain the papers presented at the symposium and serve as a reference for the participants of the ISSW 29 and individuals interes...

  11. Bioeffects on an In Vitro Model by Small-Scale Explosives and Shock Wave Overpressure Impacts (United States)


    RDX spherical charges; Ronnie Thompson, William Sickels, and Eugene Summers for their assistance during the small-scale blast testing; and Stephen...blast source. Upon exposure to a blast wave, the target is enveloped in the blast wave, which creates a wrap-around effect. Reproduction of each part... technique to propagate an ideal detonation wave front following point initiation at the center of the 1.7-g charge of the RDX explosive. An adaptive mesh

  12. Blast Wave Initiation of a Sheet Explosive Covered with Metal Plates.


    Yadav, H. S.; S. G. Sundaram; P. V. Kamat; M. W. Kulkarni


    Initiationof RDX-based sheetexplosiveby a normalincident blast wavehas been studied. Explosive sheets : (i) bare (ii) aluminium foil-covered and (iii) sandwiched between different thicknesses of aluminium alloy metal plates, were impacted by the blast wave. The blast wave was produced by detonating a cylindrical plastic explosive charge kept symmetrically over the sheet at different stand-off distances in the air for varying the intensity of the blast wave. The values of critical distances, p...

  13. Diameter effect and detonation front curvature of ideal and non-ideal explosives (United States)

    Sandstrom, F. W.; Abernathy, R. L.; Leone, M. G.; Banks, M. L.


    Diameter effect and detonation front curvature data are presented for several representative ideal and non-ideal explosives, including cast TNT, Tritonal, urea nitrate (UN), ANFO, and two variants of ammonium nitrate (AN)/solid fuel explosives. The ideal vs. non-ideal detonation characteristics of these various explosives are compared and contrasted with respect to particle size and chemical composition.

  14. Impact of Dissociation and Sensible Heat Release on Pulse Detonation and Gas Turbine Engine Performance (United States)

    Povinelli, Louis A.


    A thermodynamic cycle analysis of the effect of sensible heat release on the relative performance of pulse detonation and gas turbine engines is presented. Dissociation losses in the PDE (Pulse Detonation Engine) are found to cause a substantial decrease in engine performance parameters.

  15. Prediction of detonation and JWL eos parameters of energetic materials using EXPLO5 computer code

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    Peter, Xolani


    Full Text Available synthesized organic nitro-aromatic explosives. This procedure is based on the chemical-equilibrium steady-state model of detonation and it uses the Becker-Kistiakowsky-Wilson (BKW) equation of state for gaseous detonation products, the ideal gas and virial...

  16. Preliminary Studies on a Small-Scale Single-Tube Pulse Detonation Rocket Prototype (United States)

    Wang, Ke; Fan, Wei; Yan, Yu; Jin, Le


    As a new concept propulsion system, the pulse detonation engine has received extensive concerns from all over the world in the past few years. With oxidizer on board, it operates as a rocket engine which is known as pulse detonation rocket engine. In this study, a rocket model powered by a single-tube pulse detonation rocket engine was fabricated to demonstrate and validate whether or not it could operate stably and reliably independently. The single-tube pulse detonation rocket prototype consisted of a wireless control unit, three tanks for oxidizer, fuel and purge gas, various valves and a detonation tube. With compact design, the pulse detonation rocket prototype had an outer diameter of 260 mm and a length of 2200 mm. Oxygen, liquid aviation kerosene and nitrogen were utilized as oxidizer, fuel and purge gas, respectively. Operation tests were carried out to obtain proper operating conditions for the pulse detonation rocket prototype first, and then sliding test was conducted. It was concluded that the pulse detonation rocket prototype could operate stably and reliably. The generated thrust was estimated and compared with theoretical value.

  17. 49 CFR 178.318 - Specification MC 201; container for detonators and percussion caps. (United States)


    ... 49 Transportation 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Specification MC 201; container for detonators and percussion caps. 178.318 Section 178.318 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation PIPELINE....318 Specification MC 201; container for detonators and percussion caps. ...

  18. Characterization of novel optical fibers for use in laser detonators (United States)

    Bowden, M. D.; Drake, R. C.; Singleton, C. A.


    A system for launching flyers using a Q-switched Nd: YAG laser has been developed for shock initiation of secondary explosives. Flyers have been launched at velocities approaching 6 km s -1. Optical fibers are used to transport the optical energy from the laser to the detonator. The launch of these flyers with sufficient velocity requires a fluence in the region of 35 J cm -2, significantly above the damage threshold of most optical fibers. This damage is typically caused by laser absorption at the input face due to imperfections in the surface polishing. A variety of optical fibers with high quality input faces have been tested at fluences up to 50 J cm -2, and their damage thresholds and beam profiles have been measured. The standard fiber used in this system is a low hydroxyl (-OH) content, 400μm diameter core silica fiber, with CO2 laser polished faces. In addition to this, fibers tapering down to 300μm and 200μm core diameter were investigated, as a means of increasing the efficiency of the system, along with mechanically polished fibers. The fiber currently enters the detonator body from the rear. Depending on the application, it may be required for the fiber to enter from the side. To facilitate this, fibers with a machined output face, designed to produce an output at approximately 90 degrees to the fiber axis were tested. Finally, a 2:1 fiber splitter was tested, as a first step to enable simultaneous firing of several detonators. Multiple initiation points are desirable for applications such as programmable initiation, and it is intended to study fiber splitters with a higher split ratio, such as 4:1 and 8:1. The results of these experiments are presented, and assessments made of suitability for transmission of high-power Qswitched Nd:YAG laser pulses.

  19. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Detonation (6th) Held at Coronado, California on 24-27 August 1976 (United States)



  20. Research on design and firing performance of Si-based detonator

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    Rui-zhen Xie


    Full Text Available For the chip integration of MEMS (micro-electromechanical system safety and arming device, a miniature detonator needs to be developed to reduce the weight and volume of explosive train. A Si-based micro-detonator is designed and fabricated, which meets the requirement of MEMS safety and arming device. The firing sensitivity of micro-detonator is tested according to GJB/z377A-94 sensitivity test methods: Langlie. The function time of micro-detonator is measured using wire probe and photoelectric transducer. The result shows the average firing voltage is 6.4 V when the discharge capacitance of firing electro-circuit is 33 μF. And the average function time is 5.48 μs. The firing energy actually utilized by Si-based micro-detonator is explored.

  1. Fiber Bragg sensing of high explosive detonation experiments at Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States)

    Rodriguez, G.; Sandberg, R. L.; Jackson, S. I.; Vincent, S. W.; Gilbertson, S. M.; Udd, E.


    An all optical-fiber-based approach to measuring high explosive detonation front position and velocity is demonstrated. By measuring total light return using an incoherent light source reflected from a fiber Bragg grating sensor in contact with the explosive, dynamic mapping of the detonation front position and velocity versus time is obtained. We demonstrate two examples of detonation front measurements: PETN detasheet test and detonation along a multi-HE cylindrical rate stick containing sections of PBX 9501, Comp B, TNT, PBX 9407, PBX 9520, and inert PMMA. In the PETN detasheet measurement, excellent agreement with complementary diagnostics (electrical pins) is achieved, with accuracy in the detonation front velocity at the 0.13% level when compared to the results from the pin data.

  2. Deaggregation, Modification, and Developing Applications for Detonation Nanodiamond (United States)

    Mochalin, Vadym


    Nanodiamond powder (ND) is one of the most promising materials for advanced composites and biomedical applications. It is also a commercial precursor for carbon nanoonions - material for high power micrometer size supercapacitors and potentially, Li-ion batteries. ND is produced by detonation of explosives with negative oxygen balance in a closed chamber, where extremely high pressures and temperatures develop during detonation. ND consists of diamond particles of 5 nm diameter, combining fully accessible large surface and rich and tailorable surface chemistry. ND has unique properties including optical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical, and is biocompatible and non-toxic. Due to numerous surface functional groups, ND has catalytic and electrochemical activity. Several techniques have been proposed for ND deaggregation based on milling with costly ceramic microbeads, leaving difficult to remove contaminations in the resulting ND suspension. We have recently discovered a novel, green technique for ND deaggregation using sonication in aqueous sodium chloride slurry. Upon completion of the process sodium chloride can be easily washed out with water leaving behind no contaminants and yielding stable single-digit ND colloids. Modification and development of applications for ND in composites, drug delivery, biomedical imaging, etc., will be also discussed.

  3. An Equilibrium-Based Model of Gas Reaction and Detonation

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    Trowbridge, L.D.


    During gaseous diffusion plant operations, conditions leading to the formation of flammable gas mixtures may occasionally arise. Currently, these could consist of the evaporative coolant CFC-114 and fluorinating agents such as F2 and ClF3. Replacement of CFC-114 with a non-ozone-depleting substitute is planned. Consequently, in the future, the substitute coolant must also be considered as a potential fuel in flammable gas mixtures. Two questions of practical interest arise: (1) can a particular mixture sustain and propagate a flame if ignited, and (2) what is the maximum pressure that can be generated by the burning (and possibly exploding) gas mixture, should it ignite? Experimental data on these systems, particularly for the newer coolant candidates, are limited. To assist in answering these questions, a mathematical model was developed to serve as a tool for predicting the potential detonation pressures and for estimating the composition limits of flammability for these systems based on empirical correlations between gas mixture thermodynamics and flammability for known systems. The present model uses the thermodynamic equilibrium to determine the reaction endpoint of a reactive gas mixture and uses detonation theory to estimate an upper bound to the pressure that could be generated upon ignition. The model described and documented in this report is an extended version of related models developed in 1992 and 1999.

  4. 28th International Symposium on Shock Waves

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    The University of Manchester hosted the 28th International Symposium on Shock Waves between 17 and 22 July 2011. The International Symposium on Shock Waves first took place in 1957 in Boston and has since become an internationally acclaimed series of meetings for the wider Shock Wave Community. The ISSW28 focused on the following areas: Blast Waves, Chemically Reacting Flows, Dense Gases and Rarefied Flows, Detonation and Combustion, Diagnostics, Facilities, Flow Visualisation, Hypersonic Flow, Ignition, Impact and Compaction, Multiphase Flow, Nozzle Flow, Numerical Methods, Propulsion, Richtmyer-Meshkov, Shockwave Boundary Layer Interaction, Shock Propagation and Reflection, Shock Vortex Interaction, Shockwave Phenomena and Applications, as well as Medical and Biological Applications. The two Volumes contain the papers presented at the symposium and serve as a reference for the participants of the ISSW 28 and individuals interested in these fields.

  5. Deflagration-to-detonation transition project: quarterly report for the period September through November 1979

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    Lieberman, M. L. [ed.


    The activities of the Sandia Laboratories project on deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) pertain primarily to the development of small, safe, low-voltage, hot-wire detonators. Its major goals are: the formulation of a modeling capability for DDT of the explosive 2-(5-cyanotetrazolato)pentaamminecobalt(III) perchlorate (CP); the development of improved DDT materials; the establishment of a data base for corrosion, compatibility, and reliability of CP-loaded detonators; and the design and development of advanced DDT components. Progress in this research is reported. The planned development of the MC3423 detonator has been completed and the final design review meeting has been held. Additional work must be performed to establish satisfactory output function. Ignition sensitivity data have also been obtained. Ignition and shock testing experiments for development of the MC3533 detonator have been planned. An initial version of the component will utilize available MC3423 headers, while the final design will incorporate a new header that has been designed and ordered. Detonator performance studies have been planned to optimize CP density-length factors. Feasibility studies on the MC3196A detonator have continued in an effort to obtain a reliable 50-200 function time.

  6. Adaptive mesh simulations of astrophysical detonations using the ASCI flash code (United States)

    Fryxell, B.; Calder, A. C.; Dursi, L. J.; Lamb, D. Q.; MacNeice, P.; Olson, K.; Ricker, P.; Rosner, R.; Timmes, F. X.; Truran, J. W.; Tufo, H. M.; Zingale, M.


    The Flash code was developed at the University of Chicago as part of the Department of Energy's Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI). The code was designed specifically to simulate thermonuclear flashes in compact stars (white dwarfs and neutron stars). This paper will give a brief introduction to the astrophysics problems we wish to address, followed by a description of the current version of the Flash code. Finally, we discuss two simulations of astrophysical detonations that we have carried out with the code. The first is of a helium detonation in an X-ray burst. The other simulation models a carbon detonation in a Type Ia supernova explosion. .

  7. Linear stability analysis of detonations via numerical computation and dynamic mode decomposition

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    Kabanov, Dmitry I.


    We introduce a new method to investigate linear stability of gaseous detonations that is based on an accurate shock-fitting numerical integration of the linearized reactive Euler equations with a subsequent analysis of the computed solution via the dynamic mode decomposition. The method is applied to the detonation models based on both the standard one-step Arrhenius kinetics and two-step exothermic-endothermic reaction kinetics. Stability spectra for all cases are computed and analyzed. The new approach is shown to be a viable alternative to the traditional normal-mode analysis used in detonation theory.

  8. Application of Anova to Pulse Detonation Engine Dynamic Performance Measurements (United States)

    Chander, Subhash; Kumar, Rakesh; Sandhu, Manmohan; Jindal, TK


    Application of Anova to Pulse detonation engine dynamic performance measurement resulted in quantifying engine functionality during various operations. After evaluating the performance, techniques of improving it, were applied in multiple areas of relevant interest. This produced encouraging results and helped in upscaling efforts in a significant manner. The current paper deals in the details of anova implementation and systematic identification of key areas of improvements. The improvements were carried out after careful selection of plans in the engine, ground rig and instrumentation setup etc. It also yielded better reproducibility of performance and optimization of main subsystems of PDE. Further, this will also contribute to reduce the development cycle and trial complexity also, if researchers continue to extract concern areas to be addressed.

  9. Detonating Failed Deflagration Model of Thermonuclear Supernovae. I. Explosion Dynamics (United States)

    Plewa, Tomasz


    We present a detonating failed deflagration model of Type Ia supernovae. In this model, the thermonuclear explosion of a massive white dwarf follows an off-center deflagration. We conduct a survey of asymmetric ignition configurations initiated at various distances from the stellar center. In all cases studied, we find that only a small amount of stellar fuel is consumed during deflagration phase, no explosion is obtained, and the released energy is mostly wasted on expanding the progenitor. Products of the failed deflagration quickly reach the stellar surface, polluting and strongly disturbing it. These disturbances eventually evolve into small and isolated shock-dominated regions that are rich in fuel. We consider these regions as seeds capable of forming self-sustained detonations that, ultimately, result in the thermonuclear supernova explosion. Preliminary nucleosynthesis results indicate that the model supernova ejecta are typically composed of about 0.1-0.25 Msolar of silicon group elements and 0.9-1.2 Msolar of iron group elements and are essentially carbon-free. The ejecta have a composite morphology, are chemically stratified, and display a modest amount of intrinsic asymmetry. The innermost layers are slightly egg shaped with the axis ratio ~1.2-1.3 and dominated by the products of silicon burning. This central region is surrounded by a shell of silicon group elements. The outermost layers of ejecta are highly inhomogeneous and contain products of incomplete oxygen burning with only small admixture of unburned stellar material. The explosion energies are ~(1.3-1.5)×1051 ergs.

  10. Reactive thermal waves in energetic materials

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    Hill, Larry G [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    Reactive thermal waves (RTWs) arise in several energetic material applications, including self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS), high explosive cookoff, and the detonation of heterogeneous explosives. In this paper I exmaine ideal RTWs, by which I mean that (1) material motion is neglected, (2) the state dependence of reaction is Arrhenius in the temperature, and (3) the reaction rate is modulated by an arbitrary mass-fraction-based reaction progress function. Numerical simulations demonstrate that one's natural intuition, which is based mainly upon experience with inert materials and which leads one to expect diffusion processes to become relatively slow after a short time period, is invalid for high energy, state-sensitive reactive systems. Instead, theory predicts that RTWs can propagate at very high speeds. This result agrees with estimates for detonating heterogeneous explosives, which indicate that RTWs must spread from hot-spot nucleation sites at rates comparable to the detonation speed in order to produce experimentally-observed reaction zone thicknesses. Using dimensionless scaling and further invoking the high activation energy approximation, I obtain an analytic formula for the steady plane RTW speed from numerical calculations. I then compute the RTW speed for real explosives, and discuss aspects of their behavior.

  11. Shock Waves in the Study of Shaped Charges (United States)


    metal which flew out of the fire and penetrated her breast bone. The small particle of metal was from the coned end of a detonator which was apparently...use spin compensated liners, especially when asoolated with spinning warheads. Gun fired projectiles are spun in flight to provide aerodynamic...also used In tapping steel mill furnaces, as a source of earth waves for geophysical prospecting and seismic explotation , mining (surface or

  12. Numerical simulation of detonation of an explosive atmosphere of liquefied petroleum gas in a confined space

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    Niculae Serban Costin


    Full Text Available The detonation of an explosive atmosphere from liquefied petroleum gas disseminated in air in a confined space is studied using numerical modeling with software product ANSYS AUTODYN.

  13. Evaluation of Catalytic and Thermal Cracking in a JP-8 Fueled Pulsed Detonation Engine (Postprint)

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    Helfrich, Timothy M; Schauer, Frederick R; Bradley, Royce P; Hoke, John L


    .... The prospect of converting the PDE from experimental to operational use necessitates a considerable reduction in the time required to ignite and detonate a liquid hydrocarbon fuel in air, such as JP-8...

  14. Parallel Pseudo Arc-Length Moving Mesh Schemes for Multidimensional Detonation

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    Jianguo Ning; Xinpeng Yuan; Tianbao Ma; Jian Li


    We have discussed the multidimensional parallel computation for pseudo arc-length moving mesh schemes, and the schemes can be used to capture the strong discontinuity for multidimensional detonations...

  15. OGLE-2013-SN-079: A Lonely Supernova Consistent with a Helium Shell Detonation (United States)

    Inserra, C.; Sim, S. A.; Wyrzykowski, L.; Smartt, S. J.; Fraser, M.; Nicholl, M.; Shen, K. J.; Jerkstrand, A.; Gal-Yam, A.; Howell, D. A.; Maguire, K.; Mazzali, P.; Valenti, S.; Taubenberger, S.; Benitez-Herrera, S.; Bersier, D.; Blagorodnova, N.; Campbell, H.; Chen, T.-W.; Elias-Rosa, N.; Hillebrandt, W.; Kostrzewa-Rutkowska, Z.; Kozłowski, S.; Kromer, M.; Lyman, J. D.; Polshaw, J.; Röpke, F. K.; Ruiter, A. J.; Smith, K.; Spiro, S.; Sullivan, M.; Yaron, O.; Young, D.; Yuan, F.


    We present observational data for a peculiar supernova discovered by the OGLE-IV survey and followed by the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects. The inferred redshift of z = 0.07 implies an absolute magnitude in the rest-frame I-band of MI ~ -17.6 mag. This places it in the luminosity range between normal Type Ia SNe and novae. Optical and near infrared spectroscopy reveal mostly Ti and Ca lines, and an unusually red color arising from strong depression of flux at rest wavelengths <5000 Å. To date, this is the only reported SN showing Ti-dominated spectra. The data are broadly consistent with existing models for the pure detonation of a helium shell around a low-mass CO white dwarf and "double-detonation" models that include a secondary detonation of a CO core following a primary detonation in an overlying helium shell.

  16. A report on the deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) in the high explosive LX-04

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    Hare, D E; Forbes, J W; Garcia, F; Granholm, R H; Tarver, C M; Vandersall, K S; Sandusky, H W


    The deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) was investigated for 1.874 g/cc (98.8 % of theoretical maximum density) LX-04 in moderate confinement (4340 steel tube at R{sub C} 32 with 1.020 inch inside diameter and 0.235 inch thick wall) at both ambient initial temperature (roughly 20 C) and at an initial temperature of 186 C. No transition to detonation was observed in a 295 mm column length for either case.

  17. Unsteady Specific Work and Isentropic Efficiency of a Radial Turbine Driven by Pulsed Detonations (United States)


    bending moments, torsion, buffeting, flutter, and/or vibration . Both types of turbines would experience significant axial loads from pulsed detonations...generally more susceptible to fatigue stresses from blade bending, flutter, and vibration , which are more likely to occur in the pulsed detonation driven...turbomachinery, using acetylene /oxygen and benzene/oxygen mixtures. He attempted to determine an optimum cycle frequency; however, the injection flow rate

  18. Flame Acceleration and Transition to Detonation in High Speed Turbulent Combustion (United States)


    Inst itute of Mechanics, Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China , April 2014. Effects of Turbulence and Scale on Flame Acceleration, Detonations, and DDT...detonation (DDT>? We are also asking: What are the speci.fic physical mechanisms controlling this process? Work has progressed on five fronts : (1...vYereley Department of Aerospace Engineering University of Maryland Abstract The objective of this project is to address the grand-challenge question

  19. Experimental determination of detonation parameters of explosives based on ammonium nitrate (United States)

    Utkin, Alexander; Lavrov, Vladimir; Mochalova, Valentina


    Laser interferometer VISAR was used for investigation of the reaction zone structure and determination of detonation parameters in two different kinds of explosives based on ammonium nitrate: emulsion explosives and composite explosives with plastic binder. The influence of ammonium particles size, structure and charge diameter on detonation velocity and distribution of parameters inside of the reaction zone has been investigated for composite explosives. The effect of aging time of emulsion matrix with different storage time was found.


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    Moore, Kevin; Bildsten, Lars [Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (United States); Townsley, Dean M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States)


    Accreted helium layers on white dwarfs have been highlighted for many decades as a possible site for a detonation triggered by a thermonuclear runaway. In this paper, we find the minimum helium layer thickness that will sustain a steady laterally propagating detonation and show that it depends on the density and composition of the helium layer, specifically {sup 12}C and {sup 16}O. Detonations in these thin helium layers have speeds slower than the Chapman-Jouget (CJ) speed from complete helium burning, v{sub CJ} = 1.5 × 10{sup 9} cm s{sup –1}. Though gravitationally unbound, the ashes still have unburned helium (≈80% in the thinnest cases) and only reach up to heavy elements such as {sup 40}Ca, {sup 44}Ti, {sup 48}Cr, and {sup 52}Fe. It is rare for these thin shells to generate large amounts of {sup 56}Ni. We also find a new set of solutions that can propagate in even thinner helium layers when {sup 16}O is present at a minimum mass fraction of ≈0.07. Driven by energy release from α captures on {sup 16}O and subsequent elements, these slow detonations only create ashes up to {sup 28}Si in the outer detonated He shell. We close by discussing how the unbound helium burning ashes may create faint and fast 'Ia' supernovae as well as events with virtually no radioactivity, and speculate on how the slower helium detonation velocities impact the off-center ignition of a carbon detonation that could cause a Type Ia supernova in the double detonation scenario.

  1. The Microstructure Characteristics of RDX and their Effect on the Detonation Velocity (United States)

    Bellitto, Victor; Melnik, Mikhail; Sherlock, Mary; Chang, Joseph; O'Connor, John; Mackey, Joseph; Nswc-Iheodtd Collaboration


    Numerous methods exist for the theoretical calculation of detonation parameters of explosives. However, thermodynamic-hydrodynamic based theoretical codes seldom take into account particle size as a basis for the computational analysis as they primarily focus on the equation of state of the detonation products, heat of formation and density of the explosive composition. This study utilized regression analysis to model the relationship between the microstructure characteristics and detonation velocity of a heterogeneous high-explosive composition containing RDX. The principal characteristics examined were the average particle size of RDX, impurity within the RDX particles, method of RDX manufacture, and compositional density. Statistical analysis demonstrated the relevancy of the microstructure influence on the detonation velocity of the developed experimental compositions of 73 wt. % solids and 27 wt. % polyurethane binder. The developed statistical model accurately predicts the detonation velocity of the heterogeneous composition used in our experiments. The model underscores the significance of the relationship between the average particle size and detonation velocity. The importance of using statistical models for selecting characteristics that result in optimum explosive performance are addressed.

  2. Comparative performance analysis of combined-cycle pulse detonation turbofan engines (PDTEs

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    Sudip Bhattrai


    Full Text Available Combined-cycle pulse detonation engines are promising contenders for hypersonic propulsion systems. In the present study, design and propulsive performance analysis of combined-cycle pulse detonation turbofan engines (PDTEs is presented. Analysis is done with respect to Mach number at two consecutive modes of operation: (1 Combined-cycle PDTE using a pulse detonation afterburner mode (PDA-mode and (2 combined-cycle PDTE in pulse detonation ramjet engine mode (PDRE-mode. The performance of combined-cycle PDTEs is compared with baseline afterburning turbofan and ramjet engines. The comparison of afterburning modes is done for Mach numbers from 0 to 3 at 15.24 km altitude conditions, while that of pulse detonation ramjet engine (PDRE is done for Mach 1.5 to Mach 6 at 18.3 km altitude conditions. The analysis shows that the propulsive performance of a turbine engine can be greatly improved by replacing the conventional afterburner with a pulse detonation afterburner (PDA. The PDRE also outperforms its ramjet counterpart at all flight conditions considered herein. The gains obtained are outstanding for both the combined-cycle PDTE modes compared to baseline turbofan and ramjet engines.

  3. Numerical simulation of double front detonations in a non-ideal explosive with varying aluminum concentration (United States)

    Kim, Wuhyun; Gwak, Min-Cheol; Yoh, Jack; Seoul National University Team


    The performance characteristics of aluminized HMX are considered by varying the aluminum (Al) concentration in a hybrid non-ideal detonation model. Two cardinal observations are reported: a decrease in detonation velocity with an increase in Al concentration and a double front detonation (DFD) feature when aerobic Al reaction occurs behind the front. While experimental studies have been reported on the effect of Al concentration on both gas-phase and solid-phase detonations, the numerical investigations were limited to only gas-phase detonation for the varying Al concentration. In the current study, a two-phase model is utilized for understanding the volumetric effects of Al concentration in the condensed phase detonations. A series of unconfined and confined rate sticks are considered for characterizing the performance of aluminized HMX with a maximum Al concentration of 50%. The simulated results are compared with the experimental data for 5%-25% concentrations, and the formation of DFD structure under varying Al concentration (0%-50%) in HMX is investigated.

  4. Experimental investigation on noise radiation characteristics of pulse detonation engine–driven ejector

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    Xi-qiao Huang


    Full Text Available The noise radiation characteristics of multi-cycle pulse detonation engine with and without ejector were investigated under different operating frequencies utilizing gasoline as fuel and air as oxidizer. The straight cylindrical ejector with convergent inlet geometry was coaxially installed at different axial locations relative to the exit of the detonation tube. In all the experiments, the equivalence ratios of gasoline–air mixture and the fill fraction were 1.2 and 1.0, respectively. The experimental results implied that the addition of ejector could drastically change the far-field acoustic performance of pulse detonation engine exit and the peak sound pressure level of noise radiation was a strong function of the ejector axial position. But the peak sound pressure level was not sensitive to the operating frequencies which varied from 10 to 25 Hz. The pulse sound pressure level, however, increased with the increase in operating frequencies. The far-field jet-noise measurements of the pulse detonation engine-ejector system also showed that ejector could decrease the peak sound pressure level of pulse detonation engine. The maximum reduction was approximately 8.5 dB. For the current pulse detonation engine test conditions, an optimum ejector position was found to be a downstream axial placement of x/DPDE  = 0.5.

  5. Stable detonation characteristics of premixed C2H4/O2 gas in narrow gaps (United States)

    Zhu, Yuejin; Pan, Zhenhua; Zhang, Penggang; Pan, Jianfeng


    The detonation initiation and propagation characteristics of premixed gas in a confined channel are greatly influenced by some external factors, such as the channel size and the initial pressure. The influences of different gap height and initial pressure of stoichiometric C2H4/O2 combustible premixed gas on the detonation characteristics were investigated using the self-made narrow gaps. The flame propagation processes were captured by the high-speed photography and the detonation trajectories were recorded by the soot-foil technology. The results show that the gap height is found to be proportional to P0^{ - 1.493} of the dividing lines, which are used to distinguish the three different detonation states. The detonation initiation process can be accelerated by either decreasing the gap height or increasing the initial pressure. Furthermore, the detonation velocity deficit is closely related to the gap height and the initial pressure, and the relation can be expressed as dV ∝ H^{ - 0.8} P0^{ - 0.5}.

  6. Study of simple plane wave generator with an air-metal barrier

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    Wei Xiong


    Full Text Available Plane wave generators (PWGs are used to accelerate flyer plates to high velocities with their generated plane waves, which are widely used in the test of dynamic properties of materials. The traditional PWG is composed of two explosives with different detonation velocities. It is difficult to implement the related fabrication processes and control the generated waves due to its complicated structures. A simple plane wave generator is presented in this paper, which is composed of two identical cylindrical high explosive (HE charges and an air-metal barrier. A theoretical model was established based on two different paths of the propagation of detonation waves, based on which the size of air-metal barrier was calculated for a given charge. The corresponding numerical simulations were also carried out by AUTODYN-2D® based on the calculated results, which were used to compare with the theoretical calculations. A detonation wave with a flatness of 0.039 μs within the range of 70-percent diameter of the main charge was obtained through the simulations.

  7. Physical and technological factors of the formation of detonation capacity of blasthole charges of emulsion explosives

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    Poplavsky V.A.


    Full Text Available Modern conditions of mining are characterized by a constant increase in the depth of the pit, as a result of this there is a change in the geological and mining conditions. The obtaining of the mined rock is provided by using the drilling-and-blasting method as the main process that influences the technical and economic indicators of the next processes and enterprises in general. The effectiveness of the explosion in rocks depends on the technology of blasting. In scientific and technical literature the influence of various natural and technological factors on the process of the explosion has been studied in detail. We developed methods and recommendations for calculating the parameters of mass blasting used in common projects in the blasting operation and ensure their implementation of getting the rock mass of different coarseness of grading. However, these methods are based on traditional formulas and empirical dependencies, according to which the parameters of location and charge blasting accepted as the same, despite the fact that the blocks that blasted may include different types of rocks, and this, in turn, causes predatory yield of sub-standard fractions. Therefore, the implementation of the design parameters of the blasting should be based on modern scientific achievements, interrelationships of geological and technological indicators and parameters with the least expenditure of labor and time in the design process. The article analyzes the impact of the physical condition and the composition of emulsion explosive, geometric parameters and conditions of charge blasting, characteristics of dynamic processes in the charge and the decomposed array for the manifestation of the phenomenon of desensibilization emulsion explosives. Keywords: desensibilization; detonation speed; critical diameter; ; hydrostatic pressure; gas-generating process; shock wave; boulder.

  8. Ignition of a Deuterium Micro-Detonation with a Gigavolt Super Marx Generator (United States)

    Winterberg, Friedwardt


    The Centurion-Halite experiment demonstrated the feasibility of igniting a deuterium-tritium micro-explosion with an energy of not more than a few megajoule, and the Mike test, the feasibility of a pure deuterium explosion with an energy of more than 106 MJ. In both cases the ignition energy was supplied by a fission bomb explosive. While an energy of a few megajoule, to be released in the time required of less than 10-9 s, can be supplied by lasers and intense particle beams, this is not enough to ignite a pure deuterium explosion. Because the deuterium-tritium reaction depends on the availability of lithium, the non-fission ignition of a pure deuterium fusion reaction would be highly desirable. It is shown that this goal can conceivably be reached with a "Super Marx Generator", where a large number of "ordinary" Marx generators charge (magnetically insulated) fast high voltage capacitors of a second stage Marx generator, called a "Super Marx Generator", ultimately reaching gigavolt potentials with an energy output in excess of 100 MJ. An intense 107 Ampere-GeV proton beam drawn from a "Super Marx Generator" can ignite a deuterium thermonuclear detonation wave in a compressed deuterium cylinder, where the strong magnetic field of the proton beam entraps the charged fusion reaction products inside the cylinder. In solving the stand-off problem, the stiffness of a GeV proton beam permits to place the deuterium target at a comparatively large distance from the wall of a cavity confining the deuterium micro-explosion.

  9. High Order Finite Difference Methods with Subcell Resolution for 2D Detonation Waves (United States)

    Wang, W.; Shu, C. W.; Yee, H. C.; Sjogreen, B.


    In simulating hyperbolic conservation laws in conjunction with an inhomogeneous stiff source term, if the solution is discontinuous, spurious numerical results may be produced due to different time scales of the transport part and the source term. This numerical issue often arises in combustion and high speed chemical reacting flows.

  10. Stress Wave Interaction Between Two Adjacent Blast Holes (United States)

    Yi, Changping; Johansson, Daniel; Nyberg, Ulf; Beyglou, Ali


    Rock fragmentation by blasting is determined by the level and state of stress in the rock mass subjected to blasting. With the application of electronic detonators, some researchers stated that it is possible to achieve improved fragmentation through stress wave superposition with very short delay times. This hypothesis was studied through theoretical analysis in the paper. First, the stress in rock mass induced by a single-hole shot was analyzed with the assumptions of infinite velocity of detonation and infinite charge length. Based on the stress analysis of a single-hole shot, the stress history and tensile stress distribution between two adjacent holes were presented for cases of simultaneous initiation and 1 ms delayed initiation via stress superposition. The results indicated that the stress wave interaction is local around the collision point. Then, the tensile stress distribution at the extended line of two adjacent blast holes was analyzed for a case of 2 ms delay. The analytical results showed that the tensile stress on the extended line increases due to the stress wave superposition under the assumption that the influence of neighboring blast hole on the stress wave propagation can be neglected. However, the numerical results indicated that this assumption is unreasonable and yields contrary results. The feasibility of improving fragmentation via stress wave interaction with precise initiation was also discussed. The analysis in this paper does not support that the interaction of stress waves improves the fragmentation.

  11. Asymptotic study of pulsating evolution of overdriven and CJ detonation with a chain-branching kinetics model

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    Short, Mark [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Chliquete, Carlos [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    The pulsating dynamics of gaseous detonations with a model two-step chain-branching kinetic mechanism are studied both numerically and asymptotically. The model studied here was also used in [4], [3] and [2] and mimics the attributes of some chain-branching reaction mechanisms. Specifically, the model comprises a chain-initiationlbranching zone with an Arrhenius temperature-sensitive rate behind the detonation shock where fuel is converted into chain-radical with no heat release. This is followed by a chain-termination zone having a temperature insensitive rate where the exothermic heat of reaction is released. The lengths of these two zones depend on the relative rates of each stage. It was determined in [4] and [3] via asymptotic and numerical analysis that the ratio of the length of the chain-branching zone to that of the chain-initation zone relative to the size of the von Neumann state scaled activation energy in the chain initiation/branching zone has a primary influence of the stability of one-dimensional pulsating instability behavior for this model. In [2], the notion of a specific stability parameter related to this ratio was proposed that determines the boundary between stable and unstable waves. In [4], a slow-time varying asymptotic study was conducted of pulsating instability of Chapman-Jouguet (CJ) detonations with the above two-step rate model, assuming a large activation energy for the chain-initiation zone and a chain-termination zone longer than the chain-initiation zone. Deviations D{sub n}{sup (1)} ({tau}) of the detonation velocity from Chapman-Jouguet were of the order of the non-dimensional activation energy. Solutions were sought for a pulsation timescale of the order of the non-dimensional activation energy times the particle transit time through the induction zone. On this time-scale, the evolution of the chain-initation zone is quasi-steady. In [4], a time-dependent non-linear evolution equation for D{sub n}{sup (1)} ({tau}) was then

  12. On mechanism of non-heating sterilization using the underwater shock wave loading and gas formation

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    Ayumi Takemoto


    Full Text Available In the field where the thermal sterilization can’t be applied, the establishment of the sterilization technology with non-heating is strongly requested. The sterilization by pressurizing is one of the sterilization technology. Especially, the underwater shock wave causes scarcely heat in pressurizing because the pressurizing time is extremely short. That is, it is thought that the underwater shock wave enables non-heating sterilization that originates only in pressure. Hence, in this research, the underwater shock wave loading caused by explosive was used for non-heating sterilization. Saccharomyces cerevisiae, one of the budding yeast was used for experiments. S. cerevisiae starts fermentation by feeding the glucose, and causes CO2 within its body. There is the great density difference between cells of S. cerevisiae and the gas, hence, the acoustic impedance is different on the underwater shock wave transmission. Therefore, a strong reflected wave is caused on the boundary of the cell and the gas, and a remarkable expansion is caused. Fermented S. cerevisiae are sterilized by this phenomenon, and showed high sterilization rates. The sterilization rate by the underwater shock wave was low for not giving the glucose, that is, S. cerevisiae that had not fermented. The sterilization rate that had been done on three conditions was as follows in the order of higher. 1 Fermenting S. cerevisiae, high pressure. 2 Fermenting S. cerevisiae, low pressure. 3 Non-fermenting S. cerevisiae, high pressure. The detonation fuse was used in this experiment. There was an interesting phenomenon, that is, the sterilization rate was high at the side of detonation beginning, and it was decreased toward the direction. It is thought that this is related to a constant angle of the shock wave caused from the detonation fuse. A corresponding result to the phenomenon was gotten by the numerical analysis between the progress of the detonation and the change of pressure.

  13. Development of a numerical tool to study the mixing phenomenon occurring during mode one operation of a multi-mode ejector-augmented pulsed detonation rocket engine (United States)

    Dawson, Joshua

    A novel multi-mode implementation of a pulsed detonation engine, put forth by Wilson et al., consists of four modes; each specifically designed to capitalize on flow features unique to the various flow regimes. This design enables the propulsion system to generate thrust through the entire flow regime. The Multi-Mode Ejector-Augmented Pulsed Detonation Rocket Engine operates in mode one during take-off conditions through the acceleration to supersonic speeds. Once the mixing chamber internal flow exceeds supersonic speed, the propulsion system transitions to mode two. While operating in mode two, supersonic air is compressed in the mixing chamber by an upstream propagating detonation wave and then exhausted through the convergent-divergent nozzle. Once the velocity of the air flow within the mixing chamber exceeds the Chapman-Jouguet Mach number, the upstream propagating detonation wave no longer has sufficient energy to propagate upstream and consequently the propulsive system shifts to mode three. As a result of the inability of the detonation wave to propagate upstream, a steady oblique shock system is established just upstream of the convergent-divergent nozzle to initiate combustion. And finally, the propulsion system progresses on to mode four operation, consisting purely of a pulsed detonation rocket for high Mach number flight and use in the upper atmosphere as is needed for orbital insertion. Modes three and four appear to be a fairly significant challenge to implement, while the challenge of implementing modes one and two may prove to be a more practical goal in the near future. A vast number of potential applications exist for a propulsion system that would utilize modes one and two, namely a high Mach number hypersonic cruise vehicle. There is particular interest in the dynamics of mode one operation, which is the subject of this research paper. Several advantages can be obtained by use of this technology. Geometrically the propulsion system is fairly

  14. Simulation of Detonation Problems with MLS Grid Free Methodology

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    Yao, J; Gunger, M E; Matuska, D A


    The MLS grid free rezone method, a simple, flexible finite difference method to solve general mechanics problems, especially detonation problems, is proposed in this paper. The spatial points that carry time dependent data are distributed in space in such a way that provides nearly uniform spacing of points, accurate presentation of boundaries, easy variation of resolutions and arbitrary deletion of irrelevant regions. Local finite difference operators are obtained with simple MLS differentiation. There is no specific topological or geometrical restriction with the distribution of data points. Therefore this method avoids many drawbacks of the traditional CFD methods. Because of its flexibility, it can be used to simulate a wide range of mechanics problems. Because of its simplicity, it has the potential to become a preferred method. Most traditional CFD methods, from a SPH view, can be considered as special cases of grid free methods of specific kernel functions. Such a generalization allows the development of a unified grid free CFD code that can be switched to various CFD methods by switching the kernel functions. Because of the flexibility in management and simplicity of coding, such a unified code is desired.

  15. Thermal Radiation from Nuclear Detonations in Urban Environments

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    Marrs, R E; Moss, W C; Whitlock, B


    There are three principal causes of ''prompt'' casualties from a nuclear detonation: nuclear (gamma-ray and neutron) radiation, thermal radiation, and blast. Common estimates of the range of these prompt effects indicate that thermal radiation has the largest lethal range [1]. Non-lethal skin burns, flash blindness, and retinal burns occur out to much greater range. Estimates of casualties from thermal radiation assume air bursts over flat terrain. In urban environments with multiple buildings and terrain features, the extent of thermal radiation may be significantly reduced by shadowing. We have developed a capability for calculating the distribution of thermal energy deposition in urban environments using detailed 3D computer models of actual cities. The size, height, and radiated power from the fireball as a function of time are combined with ray tracing to calculate the energy deposition on all surfaces. For surface bursts less than 100 kt in locations with large buildings or terrain features, the calculations confirm the expected reduction in thermal damage.

  16. On some features of plane waves of thermonuclear burn (United States)

    Khishchenko, K. V.; Charakhch'yan, A. A.


    The behavior of a slow burn wave propagating over a precompressed thermonuclear fuel heated by several shock waves generated by a laser pulse is studied. It is shown that such a burn wave can rapidly increase the fuel density ahead of the wave front and transform to a pair of detonation waves moving in the opposite directions. Hydrodynamic equations with a linear velocity profile are solved. It is found that the proton beam intensity necessary for ignition increases with the initial fuel density in accordance with the known formula generalizing results of two-dimensional simulations. A possibility of using results of one-dimensional simulations for determining the energy of ignition of a cylindrical target is discussed.

  17. Electromagnetic Waves

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    This book is dedicated to various aspects of electromagnetic wave theory and its applications in science and technology. The covered topics include the fundamental physics of electromagnetic waves, theory of electromagnetic wave propagation and scattering, methods of computational analysis...

  18. Dual Waves


    Kallosh, Renata


    We study the gravitational waves in the 10-dimensional target space of the superstring theory. Some of these waves have unbroken supersymmetries. They consist of Brinkmann metric and of a 2-form field. Sigma-model duality is applied to such waves. The corresponding solutions we call dual partners of gravitational waves, or dual waves. Some of these dual waves upon Kaluza-Klein dimensional reduction to 4 dimensions become equivalent to the conformo-stationary solutions of axion-dilaton gravity...

  19. Simulation on breakage of heterogeneous materials caused by detonative loading; Bakugo shogeki ni yoru fukinshitsu zairyo no hakai gensho no simulation

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    Sassa, K.; Watanabe, T.; Ashida, Y. [Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    Investigations were conducted by simulation of breakage of inhomogeneous materials (rock) attributable to detonative loading, which simulation used the Days-2 Code. During the simulation, one-free-face blastings were used for testing a homogeneous structure, horizontal 2-layer structure, and horizontal 3-layer structure. Property values were assigned to the rocks on the assumption that they were sedimentary rocks such as sandstone or mudstone or hard rocks such as granite. As the result, it was found that a detonative loading resulted in shear failure in a sphere near the focus that was followed by radially developed cracks due to tension breakage, that more area is damaged in a soft rock than in a hard rock, that cracks due to breakage are produced by the overlapping of waves directly from the focus and those reflected from the free face in case of one-free-face blastings, that such cracks propagated along the soft rock layer in case there is a soft rock layer in a hard rock, but that breakage does not extend beyond the soft rock layer. 6 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  20. The Dependence of Ammonal Detonation Product Energy on Cylinder Test Scale (United States)

    Anderson, Eric; Jackson, Scott


    For a detonation to propagate steadily, the compression shock must be supported by a sufficient amount of energy from the chemical reaction zone. Flow divergence reduces the available energy to drive the detonation forward, resulting in the diameter-effect and eventually detonation failure as charge size is reduced. Similarly, product energy tends to decrease with decreasing charge size. Non-ideal explosives such as Ammonium Nitrate blended with Aluminum Powder (Ammonal) are particularly sensitive to flow divergence. To quantify the effect of flow divergence on Ammonal performance, we applied an analytic method to examine cylinder test wall velocity profiles from Ammonal tests with inner diameters of 12.7 mm up to 76.2 mm. For these tests, we report detonation velocity and detonation product isentropes and energies. In addition, analysis of the velocity profiles revealed an experimental measurement of the Rayleigh line, which agreed well with the theoretical Rayleigh line for all experiments. Using this feature we are able to report inferred reaction zone times.

  1. Modeling and laser-based sensing of pulsed detonation engines (United States)

    Barbour, Ethan A.

    This work is concerned with two major aspects of pulse detonation engines (PDE) research: modeling and laser-based sensing. The modeling addresses both ideal and real considerations relevant to PDE design. First, an ideal nozzle model is developed which provides a tool for choosing area ratios for fixed-geometry converging, diverging, or converging-diverging nozzles. Next, losses associated with finite-rate chemistry are investigated. It was found that PDEs can experience up to 10% reduction in specific impulse from this effect if 02 is used as the oxidizer, whereas the losses are negligible for air-breathing applications. Next, heat transfer and friction losses were investigated and found to be greater than the losses from simple straight-tube PDEs. These losses are most pronounced (˜15%) when converging nozzles are used. The second portion of this work focuses on laser-based absorption sensing for PDEs. The mid-infrared was chosen as the best way to address the challenges of signal-to-noise ratio, sensitivity, robustness, and sensor bandwidth. A water vapor sensor was developed and applied to the PDE at the Naval Postgraduate School. This sensor provided improvements in temperature accuracy, and it revealed that water (generated by the vitiator) inhibited performance of the engine. Next, a JP-10 absorption sensor was developed and applied to the same engine. This sensor provided thermometry data at a higher temporal resolution than the water sensor. The sensor also provided crucial information on equivalence ratio and fuel arrival time which enabled the engine to be successfully operated on JP-10 and air for the first time.

  2. Assessment of Blasting Performance Using Electronic Vis-à-Vis Shock Tube Detonators in Strong Garnet Biotite Sillimanite Gneiss Formations (United States)

    Sharma, Suresh Kumar; Rai, Piyush


    This paper presents a comparative investigation of the shock tube and electronic detonating systems practised in bench blasting. The blast trials were conducted on overburden rocks of Garnet Biotite Sillimanite Gneiss formations in one of the largest metalliferous mine of India. The study revealed that the choice of detonating system was crucial in deciding the fragment size and its distribution within the blasted muck-piles. The fragment size and its distribution affected the digging rate of excavators. Also, the shape of the blasted muck-pile was found to be related to the degree of fragmentation. From the present work, it may be inferred that in electronic detonation system, timely release of explosive energy resulted in better overall blasting performance. Hence, the precision in delay time must be considered in designing blast rounds in such overburden rock formations. State-of-art image analysis, GPS based muck-pile profile plotting techniques were rigorously used in the investigation. The study revealed that a mean fragment size (K50) value for shock tube detonated blasts (0.55-0.59 m) was higher than that of electronically detonated blasts (0.43-0.45 m). The digging rate of designated shovels (34 m3) with electronically detonated blasts was consistently more than 5000 t/h, which was almost 13 % higher in comparison to shock tube detonated blasts. Furthermore, favourable muck-pile shapes were witnessed in electronically detonated blasts from the observations made on the dozer performance.

  3. Deflagration to Detonation Transition (DDT) Simulations of HMX Powder Using the HERMES Model (United States)

    White, Bradley; Reaugh, John; Tringe, Joseph


    We performed computer simulations of DDT experiments with Class I HMX powder using the HERMES model (High Explosive Response to MEchanical Stimulus) in ALE3D. Parameters for the model were fitted to the limited available mechanical property data of the low-density powder, and to the Shock to Detonation Transition (SDT) test results. The DDT tests were carried out in steel-capped polycarbonate tubes. This arrangement permits direct observation of the event using both flash X-ray radiography and high speed camera imaging, and provides a stringent test of the model. We found the calculated detonation transition to be qualitatively similar to experiment. Through simulation we also explored the effects of confinement strength, the HMX particle size distribution and porosity on the computed detonation transition location. This work was performed under the auspices of the US DOE by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  4. Simulation of detonation after an accidental hydrogen release in enclosed environments

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    Bedard-Tremblay, L.; Fang, L.; Melguizo-Gavilanes, J.; Bauwens, L. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB (Canada); Finstad, P.H.E. [Institutt for energi- og prosessteknikk, NTNU, Trondheim (Norway); Cheng, Z.; Tchouvelev, A.V. [A.V. Tchouvelev and Associates, Mississauga, ON (Canada)


    An accidental hydrogen release in equipment enclosures may result in the presence of a detonable mixture in a confined environment. To assess the value of CFD techniques as a tool for damage assessment, numerical simulation of detonation was performed for two realistic scenarios. The first scenario starts with a pipe failure in an electrolyzer, resulting in a leak of 42 g of hydrogen. The second scenario deals with a failure in a reformer where 84 g of hydrogen is released. Dispersion patterns were first obtained from separate numerical simulation and detonative ignition was simulated by adding energy to a narrow region. Impulse values reached 600 Ns/m{sup 2} in the electrolyzer scenario while they reached 1100 Ns/m{sup 2} in the reformer. For all cases studied, the consequences are more serious in the reformer than the electrolyzer. (author)

  5. Study on the Mechanism of the Deflagration to Detonation Transition Process of Explosive (United States)

    Wei, Lan; Dong, Hefei; Pan, Hao; Hu, Xiaomian; Zhu, Jianshi


    We present a numerical study of the mechanisms of the deflagration to detonation transition (DDT) process of explosives to assess its thermal stability. We treated the modeling system as a mixture of solid explosives and gaseous reaction products. We utilized a one-dimensional two-phase flow modeling approach with a space-time conservation element and solution element (CE/SE) method. Simulation results show that in the chemical reaction process a plug area of high density with relatively slow chemical reactions preceeds the new violent reactions and the consequent detonation. We found that steady detonation occurs at the regions where physical characteristics, such as pressure, density, temperature, and velocity, peak simultaneously. These simulation results agree well with high-temperature DDT tube experiments.

  6. Analysis of sheltering and evacuation strategies for a Chicago nuclear detonation scenario.

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    Yoshimura, Ann S.; Brandt, Larry D.


    Development of an effective strategy for shelter and evacuation is among the most important planning tasks in preparation for response to a low yield, nuclear detonation in an urban area. Extensive studies have been performed and guidance published that highlight the key principles for saving lives following such an event. However, region-specific data are important in the planning process as well. This study examines some of the unique regional factors that impact planning for a 10 kt detonation in Chicago. The work utilizes a single scenario to examine regional impacts as well as the shelter-evacuate decision alternatives at selected exemplary points. For many Chicago neighborhoods, the excellent assessed shelter quality available make shelter-in-place or selective transit to a nearby shelter a compelling post-detonation strategy.

  7. Analysis of sheltering and evacuation strategies for a national capital region nuclear detonation scenario.

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    Yoshimura, Ann S.; Brandt, Larry D.


    Development of an effective strategy for shelter and evacuation is among the most important planning tasks in preparation for response to a low yield, nuclear detonation in an urban area. Extensive studies have been performed and guidance published that highlight the key principles for saving lives following such an event. However, region-specific data are important in the planning process as well. This study examines some of the unique regional factors that impact planning for a 10 kT detonation in the National Capital Region. The work utilizes a single scenario to examine regional impacts as well as the shelter-evacuate decision alternatives at one exemplary point. For most Washington, DC neighborhoods, the excellent assessed shelter quality available make shelter-in-place or selective transit to a nearby shelter a compelling post-detonation strategy.

  8. Research on verification and validation strategy of detonation fluid dynamics code of LAD2D (United States)

    Wang, R. L.; Liang, X.; Liu, X. Z.


    The verification and validation (V&V) is an important approach in the software quality assurance of code in complex engineering application. Reasonable and efficient V&V strategy can achieve twice the result with half the effort. This article introduces the software-Lagrangian adaptive hydrodynamics code in 2D space (LAD2D), which is self-developed software in detonation CFD with plastic-elastic structure. The V&V strategy of this detonation CFD code is presented based on the foundation of V&V methodology for scientific software. The basic framework of the module verification and the function validation is proposed, composing the detonation fluid dynamics model V&V strategy of LAD2D.

  9. Structural integrity of a reinforced concrete structure and a pipe outlet under hydrogen detonation conditions

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    Saarenheimo, A.; Silde, A.; Calonius, K. [VTT Industrial Systems (Finland)


    Structural integrity of a reinforced concrete wall and a pipe penetration under detonation conditions in a selected reactor building room of Olkiluoto BWR were studied. Hydrogen leakage from the pressurised containment to the sur rounding reactor building is possible during a severe accident. Leaked hydrogen tends to accumulate in the reactor building rooms where the leak is located leading to a stable stratification and locally very high hydrogen concentration. If ignited, a possibility to flame acceleration and detonation cannot be ruled out. The structure may survive the peak detonation transient because the eigenperiod of the structure is considerably longer than the duration of the peak detonation. However, the relatively slowly decreasing static type pressure after a peak detonation damages the wall more severely. Elastic deformations in reinforcement are recoverable and cracks in these areas will close after the pressure decrease. But there will be remarkable compression crushing and the static type slowly decreasing over pressure clearly exceeds the loading capacity of the wall. Structural integrity of a pipe outlet was considered also under detonation conditions. The effect of drag forces was taken into account. Damping and strain rate dependence of yield strength were not taken into consideration. The boundary condition at the end of the pipe line model was varied in order to find out the effect of the stiffness of the pipeline outside the calculation model. The calculation model where the lower pipe end is free to move axially, is conservative from the pipe penetration integrity point of view. Even in this conservative study, the highest peak value for the maximum plastic deformation is 3.5%. This is well below the success criteria found in literature. (au)

  10. Sound vibration signal processing for detection and identification detonation (knock) to optimize performance Otto engine (United States)

    Sujono, A.; Santoso, B.; Juwana, W. E.


    Problems of detonation (knock) on Otto engine (petrol engine) is completely unresolved problem until now, especially if want to improve the performance. This research did sound vibration signal processing engine with a microphone sensor, for the detection and identification of detonation. A microphone that can be mounted is not attached to the cylinder block, that's high temperature, so that its performance will be more stable, durable and inexpensive. However, the method of analysis is not very easy, because a lot of noise (interference). Therefore the use of new methods of pattern recognition, through filtration, and the regression function normalized envelope. The result is quite good, can achieve a success rate of about 95%.

  11. Finite element analysis of Polymer reinforced CRC columns under close-in detonation

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    Riisgaard, Benjamin


    Polymer reinforced Compact Reinforced Composite, PCRC, is a Fiber reinforced Densified Small Particle system, FDSP, combined with a high strength longitudinal flexural rebar arrangement laced together with polymer lacing to avoid shock initiated disintegration of the structural element under blast...... load. Experimental and numerical results of two PCRC columns subjected to close-in detonation are presented in this paper. Additionally, a LS-DYNA material model suitable for predicting the response of Polymer reinforced Compact Reinforced Concrete improved for close-in detonation and a description...

  12. Tests of the hydrogen-fueled detonation ramjet model in a wind tunnel with thrust measurements (United States)

    Frolov, S. M.; Zvegintsev, V. I.; Ivanov, V. S.; Aksenov, V. S.; Shamshin, I. O.; Vnuchkov, D. A.; Nalivaichenko, D. G.; Berlin, A. A.; Fomin, V. M.


    Experimental studies of an axisymmetric hydrogen-fueled detonation ramjet model 1.05-meter long and 0.31 m in diameter with an expanding annular combustor were performed in a pulse wind tunnel under conditions of approaching air stream Mach number ranging from 4 to 8 with the stagnation temperature of 293 K. In a supersonic air flow entering the combustor, continuous and longitudinally pulsating modes of hydrogen detonation with the corresponding characteristic frequencies of 1250 and 900 Hz were obtained. The maximum measured values of the fuel-based specific impulse and total thrust were 3600 s and 2200 N.

  13. Russian Military and Security Forces: A Postulated Reaction to a Nuclear Detonation

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    Ball, D


    In this paper, we will examine how Russia's military and security forces might react to the detonation of a 10-kiloton nuclear weapon placed next to the walls surrounding the Kremlin. At the time of this 'big bang,' Putin is situated outside Moscow and survives the explosion. No one claims responsibility for the detonation. No other information is known. Numerous variables will determine how events ultimately unfold and how the military and security forces will respond. Prior to examining these variables in greater detail, it is imperative to elucidate first what we mean by Russia's military and security forces.

  14. Symmetrically converging plane thermonuclear burn waves (United States)

    Charakhch'yan, A. A.; Khishchenko, K. V.


    Five variants of a one-dimensional problem on synchronous bilateral action of two identical drivers on opposite surfaces of a plane layer of DT fuel with the normal or five times greater initial density, where the solution includes two thermonuclear burn waves propagating to meet one another at the symmetry plane, are simulated. A laser pulse with total absorption of energy at the critical density (in two variants) and a proton bunch that provides for a nearly isochoric heating (in three variants) are considered as drivers. A wide-range equation of state for the fuel, electron and ion heat conduction, self-radiation of plasma and plasma heating by α-particles are taken into account. In spite of different ways of ignition, various models of α-particle heat, whether the burn wave remains slow or transforms into the detonation wave, and regardless of way of such a transformation, the final value of the burn-up factor depends essentially on the only parameter Hρ0, where H is the half-thickness of the layer and ρ0 is the initial fuel density. This factor is about 0.35 at Hρ0 ≈ 1 g cm-2 and about 0.7 at Hρ0 ≈ 5 g cm-2. The expansion stage of the flow (after reflecting the burn or detonation wave from the symmetry plane) gives the main contribution in forming the final values of the burn-up factor and the gain at Hρ0 ≈ 1 g cm-2 and increases them approximately two times at Hρ0 ≈ 5 g cm-2. In the case of the proton driver, the final value of the gain is about 200 at Hρ0 ≈ 1 g cm-2 and about 2000 at Hρ0 ≈ 5 g cm-2. In the case of the laser driver, the above values are four times less in conformity with the difference between the driver energies.

  15. A simple line wave generator using commercial explosives

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    Morris, John S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jackson, Scott I [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hill, Larry G [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    We present a simple and inexpensive explosive line wave generator has been designed using commercial sheet explosive and plane wave lens concepts. The line wave generator is constructed using PETN and RDX based sheet explosive for the slow and fast components respectively. The design permits the creation of any desired line width. A series of experiments were performed on a 100 mm design, measuring the detonation arrival time at the output of the generator using a streak camera. An iterative technique was used to adjust the line wave generator's slow and fast components, so as to minimize the arrival time deviation. Designs, test results, and concepts for improvements will be discussed.

  16. Plasma waves

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    Swanson, DG


    Plasma Waves discusses the basic development and equations for the many aspects of plasma waves. The book is organized into two major parts, examining both linear and nonlinear plasma waves in the eight chapters it encompasses. After briefly discussing the properties and applications of plasma wave, the book goes on examining the wave types in a cold, magnetized plasma and the general forms of the dispersion relation that characterize the waves and label the various types of solutions. Chapters 3 and 4 analyze the acoustic phenomena through the fluid model of plasma and the kinetic effects. Th

  17. Pulsed Ejector Wave Propogation Test Program (United States)

    Fernandez, Rene; Slater, John W.; Paxson, Daniel E.


    The development of, and initial test data from, a nondetonating Pulse Detonation Engine (PDE) simulator tested in the NASA Glenn 1 x 1 foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel (SWT) is presented in this paper. The concept is a pulsed ejector driven by the simulated exhaust of a PDE. This pro- gram is applicable to a PDE entombed in a ramjet flowpath, i.e., a PDE combined-cycle propulsion system. The ejector primary flow is a pulsed, uiiderexpanded, supersonic nozzle simulating the supersonic waves ema- nating from a PDE, while the ejector secondary flow is the 1 x 1 foot SWT test section operated at subsonic Mach numbers. The objective is not to study the detonation details, but the wave physics including t,he start- ing vortices, the extent of propagation of the wave front, the reflection of the wave from the secondary flowpath walls, and the timing of these events of a pulsed ejector, and correlate these with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code predictions. Pulsed ejectors have been shown to result in a 3 to 1 improvement in LID (length-to-diameter) and a near 2 to 1 improvement in thrust augmentation over a steady ejector. This program will also explore the extent of upstream interactions between an inlet and large, periodically applied, backpressures to the inlet as would be present due to combustion tube detonations in a PDE. These interactions could result in inlet unstart or buzz for a supersonic mixed compression inlet. The design of the present experiment entailed the use of an 2-t diagram characteristics code to study the nozzle filling and purging timescales as well as a series of CFD analyses conducted using the WIND code. The WIND code is a general purpose CFD code for solution of the Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes equations and can be applied to both steady state and time-accurate calculations. The first, proof-of-concept, test entry (spring 2001) pressure distributions shown here indicate the simulation concept was successful and therefore the experimental

  18. Numerical Simulation of the Deflagration-to-Detonation Transition in Inhomogeneous Mixtures

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    Florian Ettner


    different modes of DDT. Detonations occurring soon after ignition do not necessarily cause the highest pressure loads. In mixtures with concentration gradient, the highest loads can occur in regions of very low hydrogen content. These new findings should be considered in future safety studies.

  19. Effect of an inhibitor on high-speed turbulent flames and the transition to detonation (United States)

    Johnston, M. H.; Zhang, F.; Frost, D. L.; Lee, J. H. S.


    The influence of an inhibitor (CF3Br or Halon 1301) on the propagation of high-speed turbulent flames, quasi-detonations and the transition to detonation has been investigated for methane-air, propane-air and acetylene-air mixtures. The experiments are carried out in a 13 m tube (15 cm diameter) filled with regularly spaced orifice plates (blockage ratio of 0.39) to ensure rapid flame acceleration. In all cases, the addition of the inhibitor reduces the turbulent flame velocity and extinguishes the flame with sufficient inhibitor concentration (2.7% and 7.5% for methane-air and propane-air, respectively). For acetylene-air mixtures, the quasi-detonation speed is progressively reduced with increasing inhibitor concentration and eventually causes the failure of the quasi-detonation and transition back to a fast turbulent flame. The inhibitor also narrows the propagation limits in all cases. To elucidate the inhibition mechanism, detailed modelling of both the turbulent flame structure as well as the chemical kinetics are required.

  20. Gas detonation cell width prediction model based on support vector regression

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    Jiyang Yu


    Full Text Available Detonation cell width is an important parameter in hydrogen explosion assessments. The experimental data on gas detonation are statistically analyzed to establish a universal method to numerically predict detonation cell widths. It is commonly understood that detonation cell width, λ, is highly correlated with the characteristic reaction zone width, δ. Classical parametric regression methods were widely applied in earlier research to build an explicit semiempirical correlation for the ratio of λ/δ. The obtained correlations formulate the dependency of the ratio λ/δ on a dimensionless effective chemical activation energy and a dimensionless temperature of the gas mixture. In this paper, support vector regression (SVR, which is based on nonparametric machine learning, is applied to achieve functions with better fitness to experimental data and more accurate predictions. Furthermore, a third parameter, dimensionless pressure, is considered as an additional independent variable. It is found that three-parameter SVR can significantly improve the performance of the fitting function. Meanwhile, SVR also provides better adaptability and the model functions can be easily renewed when experimental database is updated or new regression parameters are considered.

  1. Functional performance of the T-6A Texan (JPATS) CFIS laser detonator (United States)

    Blachowski, Thomas J.; Thom, Travis


    The Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (IHD NSWC) CAD Engineering Division is conducting a program to evaluate the laser and energetic components which comprise the Canopy Fracturing Initiation System (CFIS). This system is currently installed on the T-6A Texan II or JPATS (Joint Primary Aircraft Training System) aircraft. The T-6A Texan II is the first aircraft used by the military to train future pilots. The CFIS is an element of the pilot emergency escape system which weakens the canopy in the path of the ejection seat. The CFIS is comprised of three differing laser configurations (Internal, External, and Seat Motion) which generate a pulse that is distributed through a fiber optic energy transmission system. This pulse, in turn, initiates one of the system's explosive components, a detonator (specifically, the CCU-158/A Laser Initiated Detonator). This detonator transfers the signal to the remaining energetic components that, in turn, function to weaken their respective canopies. All of the CFIS laser types are flashlamp-pumped, neodymium glass lasers which are located at various positions in the aircraft cockpit area. This paper builds on the previous SPIE papers (2008 - Conference 7070 and 2009 - Conference 7434, respectively) and presents the initial functional test results for the CFIS Laser Detonator. These functional test results provide the technical support to justify the useful lifetime of this energetic component while being installed in the T-6A Texan II aircraft under operational conditions.

  2. Detonation wear-resistant coatings, alloy powders based on Cr-Si

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    А.Г. Довгаль


    Full Text Available  Coatings from composition material Cr-Si-B on steel by detonation spraying method are obtained. Composition, structure and tribotechnical characteristics of coatings in comparison with traditional materials on the basis of Ni-Cr and alloy of tungsten and cobalt are investigated.

  3. The Effect of Switch Resistance on the Ringdown of a Slapper Detonator Fireset (United States)


    seen that switch design is exceptionally stringent, but very important. Inadequate switching can cause detonator failure. 4. REFERENCES. 1. Resnick , R...and Halliday ,D. ’Physics’, Wiley International Edition, NY, 1966. 2. Conte, S.D. ’Elementary Numerical Analysis’, McGraw-Hill, NY, 1965. In practice

  4. Numerical and Analytical Assessment of a Coupled Rotating Detonation Engine and Turbine Experiment (United States)

    Paxson, Daniel E.; Naples, Andrew


    An analysis is presented of an experimental rig comprising a rotating detonation engine (RDE) with bypass ejector flow coupled to a downstream turbine. The analysis used a validated computational fluid dynamics RDE simulation combined with straightforward algebraic mixing equations for the bypass flow. The objectives of the analysis were to supplement and interpret the necessarily sparse measurements from the rig, and to assess the performance of the RDE itself, which was not instrumented in this installation. The analysis is seen to agree reasonably well with available data. It shows that the RDE is operating in an unusual fashion, with subsonic flow throughout the exhaust plane. The detonation event itself is producing a total pressure rise relative to the pre-detonative pressure; however, the length of the device and the substantial flow restriction at the inlet yield an overall pressure loss. This is not surprising since the objective of the rig test was primarily aimed at investigating RDE turbine interactions, and not on performance optimization. Furthermore, the RDE was designed for fundamental detonation studies and not performance. Nevertheless, the analysis indicates that with some small alterations to the design, an RDE with an overall pressure rise is possible.

  5. Effect of graphite particle size and content on the formation mechanism of detonation polycrystalline diamond (United States)

    Tong, Y.; Cao, Y.; Liu, R.; Shang, S. Y.; Huang, F. L.


    The formation mechanism of detonation polycrystalline diamond (DPD) generated from the detonation of a mixed RDX/graphite explosive is investigated. It is found experimentally that the DPD conversion rate decreases with both the content and the particle size of the graphite. Moreover, the particle sizes of the generated DPD powder are analyzed, which shows that, with the decrease in the graphite particle size, the mean number diameter of DPD decreases, but the mean volume diameter increases. In addition, with the help of scanning electron microscopy, it is observed that the in situ phase change occurs in the graphite particles, by which the small particles combine to form numerous large DPD particles. Based on both the experimental data and the classical ZND detonation model, we divide such a DPD synthesis process into two stages: In the first stage, the in situ phase change from graphite to diamond is dominant, supplemented by some coalescence growth at high pressure and temperature, which is affected mainly by the detonation performance of the mixed explosive under consideration. In the second stage, the graphitization of DPD caused by the residual heat is dominant, which is affected mainly by the unloading rate of the particle temperature.

  6. The effect of subsurface military detonations on vadose zone hydraulic conductivity, contaminant transport and aquifer recharge

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    Lewis, J.; Burman, J.; Edlund, C.; Simonsson, L.; Berglind, R.; Leffler, P.; Qvarfort, U.; Thiboutot, S.; Ampleman, G.; Meuken, D.; Duvalois, W.; Martel, R.; Sjöström, J.


    Live fire military training involves the detonation of explosive warheads on training ranges. The purpose of this experiment is to evaluate the hydrogeological changes to the vadose zone caused by military training with high explosive ammunition. In particular, this study investigates artillery

  7. An experimental study on the onset of detonation downstream of a perforated plate with staggered orifices (United States)

    Lin, Wei; Zhou, Jin; Lin, Zhiyong; Liu, Shijie


    The present study investigated the onset of detonation (OD) process which takes place downstream of a 0.9-mm-thick perforated plate. The orifice diameter of the plate is 1.6 mm with a blockage of 59%, and it was placed perpendicular to the axial direction of a smooth detonation tube. `Stable' mixture C2H2 + 2.5O2 + 70%Ar and `unstable' mixture C2H2 + 5N2O were tested, respectively. Ionization probes and smoked foils were used to record detonation velocities and corresponding cellular patterns. Excellent agreement of the velocity trends and smoked foil results shows that a critical pressure range exists to identify `go' and `no go' of OD downstream of the perforated plate. However, the OD mechanisms for these two gaseous mixtures are distinct: for the `stable' mixture, OD occurs in the downstream near field (6 tube diameters in this study), whereas, OD in the `unstable' mixture could also observed in the far field via the transition of deflagration to detonation after a long duration of quasi-steady regime. This distance reaches up to tens of tube diameters when close to the critical pressure.

  8. Experimental investigation of thrust augmentation by ejectors on a pulse detonation engine

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    Huang Xi-Qiao


    Full Text Available Utilizing gasoline as the fuel, air as oxidizer, a series of multi-cycle detonation experiments was conducted to study thrust augmentation by PDE-driven ejectors. The straight cylindrical ejectors with different inner diameter, length and inlet geometry were designed. The effects of the axial location of the ejectors relative to the end of the detonation tube, ejector length-to-diameter ratio on thrust augmentation were investigated, with the operating frequency of 25 Hz. A peak thrust augmentation level of 80.5% was achieved by adding an ejector to the exit of the detonation tube. Performance measurements of the PDE-ejector system showed that thrust augmentation is a strong function of the ejector axial position. The result indicated that there exists a maximum thrust augmentation with ejector upstream of the detonation tube exit at least. The exact location at which the maximum thrust augmentation was obtained varies with the ejector-to-PDE diameter ratio and the ejector inlet geometry. With the increase of the length-to-diameter ratio, thrust augmentation was noticeably enhanced and finally tended to a constant. There exists an optimum ejector length. In the present study, the optimum length-to-diameter ratio of ejector was 4.58. Furthermore, the effect of operating frequency on ejector thrust augmentation also investigated. The operating frequency was varied from 15 Hz to 35 Hz.

  9. One minute after the detonation of the atomic bomb: the erased effects of residual radiation. (United States)

    Takahashi, Hiroko


    The U.S. Government's official narrative denies the effects of residual radiation which appeared one minute after the atomic bomb detonations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This paper explores declassified documents from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the Atomic Bomb Casualties Commission, and others and shows that these documents actually suggested the existence of serious effects from residual radiation.

  10. Chemical kinetic analysis of detonability-enhancing strategies for ethylene-oxidizer mixtures (United States)

    St. George, Andrew; Driscoll, R.; Anand, V.; Gutmark, E.


    Four detailed chemical kinetic mechanisms are used in conjunction with an empirical detonation cell width model to numerically assess strategies to increase the detonation sensitivity of ethylene-oxidizer mixtures. Using this method, reasonable agreement is achieved with computed cell width and the available experimental data. Elevated initial pressures significantly reduce cell width for a wide range of equivalence ratios, yielding 80% reduction at stoichiometric conditions for a tenfold increase in pressure. Elevated initial temperatures have almost no effect on the cell width at stoichiometric conditions, but yield 80% reduction at lean conditions when the initial temperature is doubled. Reduced nitrogen dilution within the oxidizer dramatically reduces the cell width for the entire computed range of equivalence ratios. Introducing hydrogen as a fuel additive yields mild improvement to detonation sensitivity at stoichiometric conditions, but requires relatively high H2 concentrations and is ineffective when coupled with elevated initial pressures. Introduction of supplemental oxygen and increasing the initial reactant pressure appears to be the most effective approach to enhance detonability for ethylene-oxidizer mixtures.

  11. Surface chemistry of water-dispersed detonation nanodiamonds modified by atmospheric DC plasma afterglow

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    Štenclová, Pavla; Celedova, V.; Artemenko, Anna; Jirásek, Vít; Jíra, Jaroslav; Rezek, B.; Kromka, Alexander


    Roč. 7, č. 62 (2017), s. 38973-38980 ISSN 2046-2069 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA15-01687S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : diamond nanoparticles * explosive detonation * barrier discharge * absorption * oxidation Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 3.108, year: 2016

  12. Review on the Recent Development of Multi-mode Combined Detonation Engine (United States)

    Jin, Le; Fan, Wei; Wang, Ke; Gao, Zhan


    In the next few decades, the development of hypersonic aircrafts will be the priority of national defense strategy of many countries, and the significance of the propulsion system applied on the aircraft is self-evident. Hypersonic aircrafts require propulsion devices that can be used independently in a wide range of Mach numbers and flight envelop, however, there have been no such propulsion systems up to now. The multi-mode combined detonation engine, which consists of four modes, is a novel propulsion concept proposed at the beginning of this century for potential application on hypersonic cruise or space access. The multi-mode combined detonation engine is a promising propulsion system which can be used independently in a wide range of Mach numbers and flight envelop. Recently, many countries attach much importance to the research of multi-mode combined detonation engine and great progress has been achieved. This paper attempts to provide an overview of the recent advances in the multi-mode combined detonation engine, and the major progress for each mode is detailed introduced. Nevertheless, there is still a need to pay more attention to the existing problems in the future.

  13. Utilizing Near-IR Tunable Laser Absorption Spectroscopy to Study Detonation and Combustion Systems (United States)


    3 2.1 Rotating Detonation Engines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 2.1.1 Previous & Current ...Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 2.2.2 Current Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 III...Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy TDM-TDLAS Time-Devision Multiplexed Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy VCSEL Vertical Cavity

  14. Wave Star

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    Kramer, Morten; Brorsen, Michael; Frigaard, Peter

    Denne rapport beskriver numeriske beregninger af forskellige flydergeometrier for bølgeenergianlæget Wave Star.......Denne rapport beskriver numeriske beregninger af forskellige flydergeometrier for bølgeenergianlæget Wave Star....

  15. Heat Waves (United States)

    Heat Waves Dangers we face during periods of very high temperatures include: Heat cramps: These are muscular pains and ... having trouble with the heat. If a heat wave is predicted or happening… - Slow down. Avoid strenuous ...

  16. Photographic measurement of the detonation velocity of explosives by high-speed camera and its comparison with other methods (United States)

    Ogata, Yuji; Wada, Yuji; Katsuyama, Kunihisa; Ma, Gui-Chen


    It is important to measure the detonation velocity of the explosives for considering the detonation performance of explosives. In this paper the Dautriche test method and the resistance wire method were carried out to measure the detonation velocity of explosives and observed these measuring method by high-speed camera at the same time. The results by two measuring methods were compared with each other. In the Dautriche test method the propagation and the collision of detonation of detonating fuse on the lead plate can be observed with high-speed camera. In the resistance wire method the detonation velocity of explosives was measured continuously. But there was delay time caused by the short circuit between the resistance wire and the stainless tube. The delay time was compared with the observation results of high-speed camera. It took a few microsecond(s) to generate the short circuit between the stainless tube and the resistance wire. The sample explosives which were measures with three kinds of methods was same kind of emulsion slurry explosives. The detonation velocity indicated same value on all kinds of methods.

  17. Wave Dragon

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    Kofoed, Jens Peter; Frigaard, Peter; Sørensen, H. C.


    This paper concerns with the development of the wave energy converter (WEC) Wave Dragon. This WEC is based on the overtopping principle. An overview of the performed research done concerning the Wave Dragon over the past years is given, and the results of one of the more comprehensive studies......, concerning a hydraulic evaluation and optimisation of the geometry of the Wave Dragon, is presented. Furthermore, the plans for the future development projects are sketched....

  18. Gravitational Waves

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    Miller, Jonah Maxwell [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    This report has slides on Gravitational Waves; Pound and Rebka: A Shocking Fact; Light is a Ruler; Gravity is the Curvature of Spacetime; Gravitational Waves Made Simple; How a Gravitational Wave Affects Stuff Here; LIGO; This Detection: Neutron Stars; What the Gravitational Wave Looks Like; The Sound of Merging Neutron Stars; Neutron Star Mergers: More than GWs; The Radioactive Cloud; The Kilonova; and finally Summary, Multimessenger Astronomy.

  19. Electromagnetic Waves


    Blok, H.; van den Berg, P.M.


    This book is dedicated to various aspects of electromagnetic wave theory and its applications in science and technology. The covered topics include the fundamental physics of electromagnetic waves, theory of electromagnetic wave propagation and scattering, methods of computational analysis, material characterization, electromagnetic properties of plasma, analysis and applications of periodic structures and waveguide components, etc.

  20. Wave Dragon

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    Tedd, James; Kofoed, Jens Peter; Knapp, W.


    Wave Dragon is a floating wave energy converter working by extracting energy principally by means of overtopping of waves into a reservoir. A 1:4.5 scale prototype has been sea tested for 20 months. This paper presents results from testing, experiences gained and developments made during...

  1. Wave phenomena

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    Towne, Dudley H


    This excellent undergraduate-level text emphasizes optics and acoustics, covering inductive derivation of the equation for transverse waves on a string, acoustic plane waves, boundary-value problems, polarization, three-dimensional waves and more. With numerous problems (solutions for about half). ""The material is superbly chosen and brilliantly written"" - Physics Today. Problems. Appendices.

  2. Hybrid LES of Detonations in Reacting Multi-Phase Mixtures (United States)


    Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a...RESPONSIBLE PERSON Suresh Menon 19b. TELEPHONE NUMBER {Include area code! 404-894-9126 Standard Form 298 (Rev. 8/98) Prsscnbod by ANSI Std 239 18... Blin . Turbulence amplification by a shock wave and rapid distortion theory. Physics of Fluids A, 5:2539-2550, 1993. A. Jameson and T. J. Baker

  3. Underwater expansion wave focusing by reflecting at the air interface (United States)

    Ohtani, K.; Ogawa, T.


    This paper reports a preliminarily experimental result of high-speed shadowgraph optical visualization of underwater expansion wave focusing by using a simple two-dimensional wedge model for understanding of shock wave interaction phenomena in simulated biomedical materials. Underwater shock wave generated by detonating a micro-explosive (10 mg silver azide pellet) in a small chamber. The generated underwater shock wave was interacted with a wedge shaped interface between water and air divided by a thin film, and an expansion wave was generated by reflection at the interface. The process of underwater expansion wave generation and focusing phenomena was visualized by shadowgraph method and recorded by ultra-high-speed framing camera. Underwater shock wave was reflected as an expansion wave from the interface between water and air at the both side and focused and then cavitation bubble was created by pressure decreasing at the expansion wave focusing area. The pressure histories were measured simultaneously with high-speed optical visualization by a needle type pressure sensor. At the focusing area, the pressure was decreased rapidly, the negative peak pressure was the lowest.

  4. Material response mechanisms are needed to obtain highly accurate experimental shock wave data (United States)

    Forbes, Jerry W.


    The field of shock wave compression of matter has provided a simple set of equations relating thermodynamic and kinematic parameters that describe the conservation of mass, momentum and energy across a steady plane shock wave with one-dimensional flow. Well-known condensed matter shock wave experimental results will be reviewed to see whether the assumptions required for deriving these simple R-H equations are satisfied. Note that the material compression model is not required for deriving the 1-D conservation flow equations across a steady plane shock front. However, this statement is misleading from a practical experimental viewpoint since obtaining small systematic errors in shock wave measured parameters requires the material compression and release mechanisms to be known. A review will be presented on errors in shock wave data from common experimental techniques for elastic-plastic solids. Issues related to time scales of experiments, steady waves with long rise times and detonations will also be discussed

  5. Reacting shock waves characteristics for biogas compared to other gaseous fuel (United States)

    Wahid, Mazlan Abdul; Ujir, Haffis


    Present article aims to report an experimental study conducted to characterize the reacting shock waves for biogas compared to several other gaseous fuels. A dedicated experimental system which consists of a stainless steel tube with inner diameter of 100mm, a data acquisition system, ignition control unit and gas filling system was built in order to measure the characteristics of high speed reacting shock waves for synthetic biogas such as, pressure history, velocity and cell width. Two types of hydrocarbon fuels were used for comparison in this investigation; propane and natural gas with 92.7% methane. Biogas was synthetically produced by mixing 65% natural gas with 35% carbon dioxide. The oxygen concentration in the oxidizer mixture was diluted with nitrogen gas at various percentage of dilution. Results show that natural gas and biogas were not sensitive to detonation propagation compared to propane. For biogas, methane, and propane it was found that in smooth inner-wall tube, detonation will likely to occur if the percent of dilution gas is not more than approximately 8%, 10% and 35%, respectively. In order to decrease the tube length required for deflagration to detonation transition, an array of obstacles with identical blockage ratio was placed inside the tube near the ignition source. The effect of combustion wave-obstacle interaction was also investigated.

  6. Numerical Simulation of Explosive Forming Using Detonating Fuse

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    H Iyama


    Full Text Available The explosive forming is a characteristic method. An underwater shock wave is generated by underwater explosion of an explosive. A metal plate is affected high strain rate by the shock loading and is formed along a metal die. Although this method has the advantage of mirroring the shape of the die, a free forming was used in this paper. An expensive metal die is not necessary for this free forming. It is possible that a metal plate is formed with simple supporting parts. However, the forming shape is depend on the shock pressure distribution act on the metal plate. This pressure distribution is able to change by the shape of explosive, a mass of explosive and a shape of pressure vessel. On the other hand, we need the pressure vessel for food processing by the underwater shock wave. Therefore, we propose making the pressure vessel by this explosive forming. One design suggestion of pressure vessel made of stainless steel was considered. However, we cannot decide suitable conditions, the mass of the explosive and the distance between the explosive and the metal plate to make the pressure vessel. In order to decide these conditions, we have tried the numerical simulation on this explosive forming. The basic simulation method was ALE (Arbitrary Laglangian Eulerian method including with Mie-Grümeisen EOS (equation of state, JWL EOS, Johnson-Cook constitutive equation for a material model. In this paper, the underwater pressure contours to clear the propagations of the underwater shock wave, forming processes and deformation velocity of the metal plate is shown and it will be discussed about those results.

  7. Numerical Simulation of Explosive Forming Using Detonating Fuse


    H Iyama; Higa, Y.; Nishi, M.; Itoh, S.


    The explosive forming is a characteristic method. An underwater shock wave is generated by underwater explosion of an explosive. A metal plate is affected high strain rate by the shock loading and is formed along a metal die. Although this method has the advantage of mirroring the shape of the die, a free forming was used in this paper. An expensive metal die is not necessary for this free forming. It is possible that a metal plate is formed with simple supporting parts. However, the forming ...

  8. Fusion burning waves in proton-boron-11 plasmas

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    Martinez-Val, J.M. [Universidad Poltecnica de Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Fusion Nuclear; Eliezer, S. [Universidad Poltecnica de Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Fusion Nuclear; Piera, M. [Universidad Poltecnica de Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Fusion Nuclear; Velarde, G. [Universidad Poltecnica de Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Fusion Nuclear


    A method is proposed to exploit the aneutronic proton-{sup 11}B fusion reaction by means of igniting a heat detonation wave that expands across the fuel from a small heated region. The ignition process is triggered by a particle beam (or a couple of beams) impinging on an inertially compressed target. We determine conditions for ignition and burn propagation. Although the requirements on the igniting beam current are very high, the method is a clear hint how to produce the cleanest energy from nuclear reactions. (orig.).

  9. Shock Tube Simulation of Low Mach Number Blast Waves (United States)

    Morgan, R. G.; Gildfind, D. E.

    The underground mining environment has always been high risk due to the presence of solid and gaseous flammables, and the potential for the creation of detonablemixtures. Following explosions in confined spaces, shock waves are generated and may propagate through the tunnel system, causing injuries and possibly initiating further combusting or detonating events. The ability to generate the conditions which exist post shock is a useful experimental tool for the study of such processes, and for the evaluation of techniques to control and limit propagation.

  10. Measurement of carbon condensation using small-angle x-ray scattering during detonation of the high explosive hexanitrostilbene

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    Bagge-Hansen, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Lauderbach, L. M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Hodgin, R. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Bastea, S. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Fried, L. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Jones, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); van Buuren, T. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Hansen, D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Benterou, J. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); May, C. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Graber, T. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States); Jensen, B. J. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Ilavsky, J. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Willey, T. M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)


    The dynamics of carboncondensation in detonating high explosives remains controversial. Detonation model validation requires data for processes occurring at nanometer length scales on time scales ranging from nanoseconds to microseconds. A new detonation endstation has been commissioned to acquire and provide time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) from detonating explosives. Hexanitrostilbene (HNS) was selected as the first to investigate due to its ease of initiation using exploding foils and flyers, vacuum compatibility, high thermal stability, and stoichiometric carbon abundance that produces high carbon condensate yields. The SAXS data during detonation, collected with 300 ns time resolution, provide unprecedented signal fidelity over a broad q-range. This fidelity permits the first analysis of both the Guinier and Porod/power-law regions of the scattering profile during detonation, which contains information about the size and morphology of the resultant carbon condensate nanoparticles. To bolster confidence in these data, the scattering angle and intensity were additionally cross-referenced with a separate, highly calibrated SAXS beamline. The data show that HNS produces carbon particles with a radius of gyration of 2.7 nm in less than 400 ns after the detonation front has passed, and this size and morphology are constant over the next several microseconds. These data directly contradict previous pioneering work on RDX/TNT mixtures and TATB, where observations indicate significant particle growth (50% or more) continues over several microseconds. As a result, the power-law slope is about –3, which is consistent with a complex disordered, irregular, or folded sp2 sub-arrangement within a relatively monodisperse structure possessing radius of gyration of 2.7 nm after the detonation of HNS.

  11. Gravitation Waves

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    We will present a brief introduction to the physics of gravitational waves and their properties. We will review potential astrophysical sources of gravitational waves, and the physics and astrophysics that can be learned from their study. We will survey the techniques and technologies for detecting gravitational waves for the first time, including bar detectors and broadband interferometers, and give a brief status report on the international search effort, with special emphasis on the LIGO detectors and search results.

  12. Differences between the detonation behavior of emulsion explosives sensitized with glass or with polymeric micro-balloons (United States)

    Mendes, R.; Ribeiro, J.; Plaksin, I.; Campos, J.; Tavares, B.


    The differences between the detonation behaviour of ammonium nitrate based emulsion explosives sensitized with polymeric and those sensitized with glass micro-balloons is presented and discussed. Expancel® are hollow polymeric micro-balloons that contain a hydrocarbon gas. The mean particle size of these particles is 30 μm with a wall thickness of about 0.1 μm. The detonation velocity and the failure diameter of the emulsion explosive sensitized with different amounts of these particles have been measured in cylindrical charges by optical fibers. The detonation velocity demonstrates non-linear behaviour in relation to density and reaches the maximum value for a density lower than that of the matrix. The detonation fails when the density approaches that of the matrix. The detonation in the emulsion explosives extinguishes itself at a porosity value that seems to be independent from the nature of the sensitizing agent. For low densities, the detonation velocity is almost independent of the charge diameter, and is close to the values predicted by BKW equation of state.

  13. Janus Waves


    Papazoglou, Dimitris G.; Fedorov, Vladimir Yu.; Tzortzakis, Stelios


    We show the existence of a family of waves that share a common interesting property affecting the way they propagate and focus. These waves are a superposition of twin waves, which are conjugate to each other under inversion of the propagation direction. In analogy to holography, these twin "real" and "virtual" waves are related respectively to the converging and the diverging part of the beam and can be clearly visualized in real space at two distinct foci under the action of a focusing lens...

  14. Spent nuclear fuel project detonation phenomena of hydrogen/oxygen in spent fuel containers

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    Cooper, T.D.


    Movement of Spent N Reactor fuels from the Hanford K Basins near the Columbia River to Dry interim storage facility on the Hanford plateau will require repackaging the fuel in the basins into multi-canister overpacks (MCOs), drying of the fuel, transporting the contained fuel, hot conditioning, and finally interim storage. Each of these functions will be accomplished while the fuel is contained in the MCOs by several mechanisms. The principal source of hydrogenand oxygen within the MCOs is residual water from the vacuum drying and hot conditioning operations. This document assesses the detonation phenomena of hydrogen and oxygen in the spent fuel containers. Several process scenarios have been identified that could generate detonation pressures that exceed the nominal 10 atmosphere design limit ofthe MCOS. Only 42 grams of radiolized water are required to establish this condition.

  15. Indexes of the proceedings for the nine symposia (international) on detonation, 1951--89

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    Crane, S.L.; Deal, W.E.; Ramsay, J.B.; Roach, A.M.; Takala, B.E.


    The Proceedings of the nine Detonation Symposia have become the major archival source of information of international research in explosive phenomenology, theory, experimental techniques, numerical modeling, and high-rate reaction chemistry. In many cases, they contain the original reference or the only reference to major progress in the field. For some papers, the information is more complete than the complementary article appearing in a formal journal, yet for others, authors elected to publish only an abstract in the Proceedings. For the large majority of papers, the Symposia Proceedings provide the only published reference to a body of work. This report indexes the nine existing Proceedings of the Detonation Symposia by paper titles, topic phrases, authors, and first appearance of acronyms and code names.

  16. Indexes of the Proceedings for the Ten International Symposia on Detonation 1951-93

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    Deal, William E.; Ramsay, John B.; Roach, Alita M.; Takala, Bruce E.


    The Proceedings of the ten Detonation Symposia have become the major archival source of information of international research in explosive phenomenology, theory, experimental techniques, numerical modeling, and high-rate reaction chemistry. In many cases, they contain the original reference or the only reference to major progress in the field. For some papers, the information is more complete than the complementary article appearing in a formal journal; yet for others, authors elected to publish only an abstract in the Proceedings. For the large majority of papers, the Symposia Proceedings provide the only published reference to a body of work. This report indexes the ten existing Proceedings of the Detonation Symposia by paper titles, topic phrases, authors, and first appearance of acronyms and code names.

  17. Detonation velocity of melt-cast ADN and ADN/nano-diamond cylinders (United States)

    Doherty, R. M.; Forbes, J. W.; Lawrence, G. W.; Deiter, J. S.; Baker, R. N.; Ashwell, K. D.; Sutherland, G. T.


    Detonation velocities of confined cylinders of melt-cast ADN/ZnO (99.5/0.5 by weight), ADN/nano-diamond/ZnO (92.4/7.2/0.4), ADN/AN/ZnO (95.5/4.0/0.5) and ADN/AN/ZnO/nano-diamond (88.0/4.5/0.5/7.0) have been measured using a streak camera. Velocities ranging between 3.9 and 4.5 mm/μs were obtained for 1.3 cm diameter samples confined by steel and a 2.5 cm diameter ADN/AN/ZnO cylinder. In one of the samples the detonation was failing as it proceeded through the charge. For the other shots reported, the shock velocities appeared to be steady through the last half of the charge, though the lengths were too short for any definitive statement about the failure diameter to be made.

  18. Studies on formation of unconfined detonable vapor cloud using explosive means. (United States)

    Apparao, A; Rao, C R; Tewari, S P


    Certain organic liquid fuels like hydrocarbons, hydrocarbon oxides, when dispersed in air in the form of small droplets, mix with surrounding atmosphere forming vapor cloud (aerosol) and acquire explosive properties. This paper describes the studies on establishment of conditions for dispersion of fuels in air using explosive means resulting in formation of detonable aerosols of propylene oxide and ethylene oxide. Burster charges based on different explosives were evaluated for the capability to disperse the fuels without causing ignition. Parameters like design of canister, burster tube, burster charge type, etc. have been studied based on dispersion experiments. The detonability of the aerosol formed by the optimized burster charge system was also tested. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Three-dimensional detonation cellular structures in rectangular ducts using an improved CESE scheme

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    Shen, Yang


    The three-dimensional premixed H2-O2 detonation propagation in rectangular ducts is simulated using an in-house parallel detonation code based on the second-order space–time conservation element and solution element (CE/SE) scheme. The simulation reproduces three typical cellular structures by setting appropriate cross-sectional size and initial perturbation in square tubes. As the cross-sectional size decreases, critical cellular structures transforming the rectangular or diagonal mode into the spinning mode are obtained and discussed in the perspective of phase variation as well as decreasing of triple point lines. Furthermore, multiple cellular structures are observed through examples with typical aspect ratios. Utilizing the visualization of detailed three-dimensional structures, their formation mechanism is further analyzed.

  20. Three-dimensional numerical simulation of operation process in rotating detonation engine (United States)

    Frolov, S. M.; Dubrovskii, A. V.; Ivanov, V. S.


    The aim of this work was to create an efficient tool for transient threedimensional (3D) numerical simulation of the operation process in a Rotating Detonation Engine (RDE) with the particular emphasis to the design issues of the combustion chamber and isolators, thermal management and operation control. The governing equations are unsteady Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) equations coupled with a turbulence model and with the continuity and energy equations for a multicomponent reactive mixture. The algorithm used is the combination of Finite Volume Method and Particle Method recently developed at ICP to treat simultaneously frontal and volumetric combustion. The capabilities of the new numerical tool have been demonstrated for the annular cylindrical RDE operating on homogeneous stoichiometric hydrogen-air mixture with a detonation rotation frequency of about 126,000 rpm. The calculations revealed considerable temperature and pressure pulsations at RDE inlet and outlet; however, special design adaptations were shown to allow their reduction.

  1. JCZS: An Intermolecular Potential Database for Performing Accurate Detonation and Expansion Calculations

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    Baer, M.R.; Hobbs, M.L.; McGee, B.C.


    Exponential-13,6 (EXP-13,6) potential pammeters for 750 gases composed of 48 elements were determined and assembled in a database, referred to as the JCZS database, for use with the Jacobs Cowperthwaite Zwisler equation of state (JCZ3-EOS)~l) The EXP- 13,6 force constants were obtained by using literature values of Lennard-Jones (LJ) potential functions, by using corresponding states (CS) theory, by matching pure liquid shock Hugoniot data, and by using molecular volume to determine the approach radii with the well depth estimated from high-pressure isen- tropes. The JCZS database was used to accurately predict detonation velocity, pressure, and temperature for 50 dif- 3 Accurate predictions were also ferent explosives with initial densities ranging from 0.25 glcm3 to 1.97 g/cm . obtained for pure liquid shock Hugoniots, static properties of nitrogen, and gas detonations at high initial pressures.

  2. A Parametric Approach to Shape Field-Relevant Blast Wave Profiles in Compressed-Gas-Driven Shock Tube


    Sundaramurthy, Aravind; Chandra, Namas


    Detonation of a high-explosive produces shock-blast wave, shrapnel, and gaseous products. While direct exposure to blast is a concern near the epicenter, shock-blast can affect subjects, even at farther distances. When a pure shock-blast wave encounters the subject, in the absence of shrapnels, fall, or gaseous products the loading is termed as primary blast loading and is the subject of this paper. The wave profile is characterized by blast overpressure, positive time duration, and impulse a...

  3. Combustion Processes in Model SCRAM Jet Combustor Using Detonation Driven Shock Tunnel


    小原, 哲郎; 伊藤, 豪明; 大八木, 重治; 金, 泰煥; 坪井, 伸幸


    Experiments were conducted in order to investigate mixing and combustion processes in a model SCRAM (Supersonic Combustion RAM) jet combustor equipped with a backward-facing step. A detonation-driven shock tunnel was used to generate high-enthalpy flow of Mach number three. Firstly, an influence of installing a sidewall on the combustor model was investigated. Secondly, flow-fields around the step were visualized using high-speed video camera with an aid of schlieren technique. A hydrogen fue...

  4. Improving post-detonation energetics residues estimations for the Life Cycle Environmental Assessment process for munitions. (United States)

    Walsh, Michael; Gullett, Brian; Walsh, Marianne; Bigl, Matthew; Aurell, Johanna


    The Life Cycle Environmental Assessment (LCEA) process for military munitions tracks possible environmental impacts incurred during all phases of the life of a munition. The greatest energetics-based emphasis in the current LCEA process is on manufacturing. A review of recent LCEAs indicates that energetics deposition on ranges from detonations and disposal during training is only peripherally examined through assessment of combustion products derived from closed-chamber testing or models. These assessments rarely report any measurable energetic residues. Field-testing of munitions for energetics residues deposition has demonstrated that over 30% of some energetic compounds remain after detonation, which conflicts with the LCEA findings. A study was conducted in the open environment to determine levels of energetics residue deposition and if combustion product results can be correlated with empirical deposition results. Energetics residues deposition, post-detonation combustion products, and fine aerosolized energetics particles following open-air detonation of blocks of Composition C4 (510 g RDX/block) were quantified. The deposited residues amounted to 3.6 mg of energetic per block of C4, or less than 0.001% of the original energetics. Aerial emissions of energetics were about 7% of the amount of deposited energetics. This research indicates that aerial combustion products analysis can provide a valuable supplement to energetics deposition data in the LCEA process but is insufficient alone to account for total residual energetics. This study demonstrates a need for the environmental testing of munitions to quantify energetics residues from live-fire training. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  5. Flame Acceleration and Transition to Detonation in High-Speed Turbulent Combustion (United States)


    2014. Turbulence and Energetic Reactive Flows, E.S. Oran, Inst itute of Mechanics, Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China , April 2014. Effects of...transition to detonation (DDT>? We are also asking: What are the speci.fic physical mechanisms controlling this process? Work has progressed on five...Investigator: Norman ~’ereley Department of Aerospace Engineering University of Maryland Abstract The objective of this project is to address the

  6. Fuel Composition and Performance Analysis of Endothermically Heated Fuels for Pulse Detonation Engines (United States)


    pump (Model #FH432). Cooling water is circulated by a 1.5 hp Teel electric water pump (Model #9HN01), and cooled via radiator and fan with test cell...Waste heat from a pulse detonation engine (PDE) was extracted via concentric, counter flow heat exchangers to produce supercritical an alternate to heat exchanger exit temperature as the independent variable when comparing fuel decomposition and engine performance. Offline

  7. A novel approach radiolabeling detonation nanodiamonds through the tritium thermal activation method

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    Badun, Gennadii A.; Chernysheva, Maria G.; Semenenko, Mikhail N.; Lisichkin, Georgii V. [Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation). Chemistry Dept.; Yakovlev, Ruslan Yu.; Leonidov, Nikolai B. [Pavlov Ryazan State Medical Univ. (Russian Federation)


    Tritium labeling was introduced into detonation nanodiamonds (ND) through the tritium thermal activation method. Two target preparation techniques were developed to increase the radioactivity and the specific radioactivity of the labeled product: the desiccation of the waterless solvent suspension and the lyophilization of the hydrosol. The specific radioactivity of the labeled product was shown to correlate with the hydrogen content in the starting material and to achieve 2.6 TBq/g.

  8. Parallel Pseudo Arc-Length Moving Mesh Schemes for Multidimensional Detonation


    Jianguo Ning; Xinpeng Yuan; Tianbao Ma; Jian Li


    We have discussed the multidimensional parallel computation for pseudo arc-length moving mesh schemes, and the schemes can be used to capture the strong discontinuity for multidimensional detonations. Different from the traditional Euler numerical schemes, the problems of parallel schemes for pseudo arc-length moving mesh schemes include diagonal processor communications and mesh point communications, which are illustrated by the schematic diagram and key pseudocodes. Finally, the numerical e...

  9. A model for shock wave chaos (United States)

    Faria, Luiz; Kasimov, Aslan; Rosales, Rodolfo


    We propose the following simple model equation that describes chaotic shock waves: ut +1/2 (u2 -uus)x = f (x ,us) . It is given on the half-line x = 0 . Here us(t) is the shock state and f is a given source term [1]. The equation is a modification of the Burgers equation that includes non-locality via the presence of the shock-state value of the solution in the equation itself. The model predicts steady-state solutions, their instability through a Hopf bifurcation, and a sequence of period-doubling bifurcations leading to chaos. This dynamics is similar to that observed in the one-dimensional reactive Euler equations that describe detonations. We present nonlinear numerical simulations as well as a complete linear stability theory for the equation. Supported by DMS-0907955 and KAUST Office of Competitive Research Grants.

  10. High-gain inertial confinement fusion by volume ignition, avoiding the complexities of fusion detonation fronts of spark ignition

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    Hora, H. [Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales (Australia). Dept. of Theoretical Physics; Eliezer, S. [Soreq Nuclear Research Center, Yavne (Israel); Honrubia, J.J.; Martinez-Val, J.M.; Valarde, G. [Univ. Politecnica de Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Fusion Nuclear; Miley, G.H. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States). Fusion Studies Lab.; Hoepfl, R.


    The main approach to Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) uses a high-temperature, low-density core and a high-density, low-temperature outer region of the laser- (or ion beam-)compressed deuterium-tritium (D-T) fuel, in order to ignite a fusion detonation wave at the interface. This is an extremely delicate, unstable configuration which is very difficult to achieve, even with a carefully programmed time dependence of the deposition of the driver energy. This approach was devised in order to reach the high gains needed for low-efficiency lasers. Since 1978, several teams have developed an alternative scheme using volume ignition, where a natural and simple adiabatic compression, starting from a low initial temperature of 3 keV or less, is used. The high gains are obtained by self-heating due to the fusion reaction products plus self-absorption of Bremsstrahlung. Fortunately, a strong deviation from LTE occurs at ion temperatures above 100 keV, with much lower electron and even lower radiation temperatures. The authors report here how the gains calculated by different groups are relatively large, and despite detailed differences in the stopping power models, do not differ greatly. The high gain can be explained by introducing an effective value for the density-radius ({rho}R) product, where the volume ignition process increases the usual value of about 3 g-cm{sup {minus}2} to an effective value of 12 g-cm{sup {minus}2} or more, due to the self-generated additional heating that occurs for beam input energies > MJ and compression over 1,000 times solid state. This result is valid for direct drive as well as for indirect drive.

  11. Observation and modeling of deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) in low-density HMX (United States)

    Tringe, Joseph W.; Vandersall, Kevin S.; Reaugh, John E.; Levie, Harold W.; Henson, Bryan F.; Smilowitz, Laura B.; Parker, Gary R.


    We employ simultaneous flash x-ray radiography and streak imaging, together with a multi-phase finite element model, to understand deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) phenomena in low-density (˜1.2 gm/cm3) powder of the explosive cyclotetramethylene-tetranitramine (HMX). HMX powder was lightly hand-tamped in a 12.7 mm diameter column, relatively lightly-confined in an optically-transparent polycarbonate cylinder with wall thickness 25.4 mm. We observe apparent compaction of the powder in advance of the detonation transition by the motion of small steel spheres pre-emplaced throughout the length of explosive. High-speed imaging along the explosive cylinder length provides a more temporally continuous record of the transition that is correlated with the high-resolution x-ray image record. Preliminary simulation of these experiments with the HERMES model implemented in the ALE3D code enables improved understanding of the explosive particle burning, compaction and detonation phenomena which are implied by the observed reaction rate and transition location within the cylinder.

  12. Observation and modeling of deflagration-to-detonation (DDT) transition in low-density HMX (United States)

    Tringe, Joseph; Vandersall, Kevin; Reaugh, Jack; Levie, Harold; Henson, Bryan; Smilowitz, Laura; Parker, Gary


    We employ simultaneous flash x-ray radiography and streak imaging, together with a multi-phase finite element model, to understand deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) phenomena in low-density (~ 1.2 gm/cm3) powder of the explosive cyclotetramethylene-tetranitramine (HMX). HMX powder was lightly hand-tamped in a 12.7 mm diameter column, relatively lightly-confined in an optically-transparent polycarbonate cylinder with wall thickness 25.4 mm. We observe apparent compaction of the powder in advance of the detonation transition, both by x-ray contrast and by the motion of small steel spheres pre-emplaced throughout the length of explosive. High-speed imaging along the explosive cylinder length provides a temporally continuous record of the transition that is correlated with the high-resolution x-ray image record. Preliminary simulation of these experiments with the HERMES model implemented in the ALE3D code enables improved understanding of the explosive particle burning, compaction and detonation phenomena which are implied by the observed reaction rate and transition location within the cylinder. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  13. Hydrodynamic Modeling of Air Blast Propagation from the Humble Redwood Chemical High Explosive Detonations Using GEODYN

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    Chipman, V D


    Two-dimensional axisymmetric hydrodynamic models were developed using GEODYN to simulate the propagation of air blasts resulting from a series of high explosive detonations conducted at Kirtland Air Force Base in August and September of 2007. Dubbed Humble Redwood I (HR-1), these near-surface chemical high explosive detonations consisted of seven shots of varying height or depth of burst. Each shot was simulated numerically using GEODYN. An adaptive mesh refinement scheme based on air pressure gradients was employed such that the mesh refinement tracked the advancing shock front where sharp discontinuities existed in the state variables, but allowed the mesh to sufficiently relax behind the shock front for runtime efficiency. Comparisons of overpressure, sound speed, and positive phase impulse from the GEODYN simulations were made to the recorded data taken from each HR-1 shot. Where the detonations occurred above ground or were shallowly buried (no deeper than 1 m), the GEODYN model was able to simulate the sound speeds, peak overpressures, and positive phase impulses to within approximately 1%, 23%, and 6%, respectively, of the actual recorded data, supporting the use of numerical simulation of the air blast as a forensic tool in determining the yield of an otherwise unknown explosion.

  14. Determining the Coalescence of Hotspots into Uniform Detonation Fronts in High Explosives

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    Steward, G. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States); Mays, R. O. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Converse, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Baluyot, E. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Tringe, J. W. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Kane, R. J. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)


    Microwave Interferometry (MI) offers the advantage of a continuous time measurement of detonation front velocity from detonation initiation to disassembly, which is an important step to assure the quality of stockpile high explosives. However, the method is currently characterized by areas of poor signal strength, which lead to low confidence measurements. Experiments in inert materials were conducted to determine if reflective hot spots, pockets of plasma that form during detonation, are responsible due to varying hot spot concentrations. Instead, it was found that the copper tube used in a range of standard HE test configurations is the cause of the poor signal reception. Hot spots were represented by microwave reflective aluminum particles. The aluminum was mixed with Titanium Dioxide, a material electrically similar to the insensitive high explosive, triaminotrinitrobenzene (TATB), in volume percent fractions (VPFs) between 0 and 100% aluminum, in increments of 10%. Reflectivity was measured based on input and reflection received from a test apparatus with a layer representing undetonated explosive and another representing an approaching shockwave. The results showed no correlation between VPF and measured reflectivity test cases while enclosed in the standard copper tube. Upon further testing, each sample’s measured reflectivity independent of the copper enclosure did correlate with VPF. This revealed that the test enclosure currently used for MI measurements is causing poor MI signal reception, and new methods must be developed to account for this aberration in MI measurements.

  15. Critical velocities for deflagration and detonation triggered by voids in a REBO high explosive

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    Herring, Stuart Davis [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Germann, Timothy C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jensen, Niels G [Los Alamos National Laboratory


    The effects of circular voids on the shock sensitivity of a two-dimensional model high explosive crystal are considered. We simulate a piston impact using molecular dynamics simulations with a Reactive Empirical Bond Order (REBO) model potential for a sub-micron, sub-ns exothermic reaction in a diatomic molecular solid. The probability of initiating chemical reactions is found to rise more suddenly with increasing piston velocity for larger voids that collapse more deterministically. A void with radius as small as 10 nm reduces the minimum initiating velocity by a factor of 4. The transition at larger velocities to detonation is studied in a micron-long sample with a single void (and its periodic images). The reaction yield during the shock traversal increases rapidly with velocity, then becomes a prompt, reliable detonation. A void of radius 2.5 nm reduces the critical velocity by 10% from the perfect crystal. A Pop plot of the time-to-detonation at higher velocities shows a characteristic pressure dependence.


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    García-Senz, D. [Departament de Física, UPC, Comte d’Urgell 187, E-08036 Barcelona (Spain); Cabezón, R. M.; Thielemann, F. K. [Departement Physik, Universität Basel. Klingelbergstrasse, 82, 4056 Basel (Switzerland); Domínguez, I., E-mail:, E-mail: [Departamento de Física, Teórica y del Cosmos, Universidad de Granada, E-18071 Granada (Spain)


    Currently the number of models aimed at explaining the phenomena of type Ia supernovae is high and distinguishing between them is a must. In this work we explore the influence of rotation on the evolution of the nuclear flame that drives the explosion in the so-called gravitational confined detonation models. Assuming that the flame starts in a pointlike region slightly above the center of the white dwarf (WD) and adding a moderate amount of angular velocity to the star we follow the evolution of the deflagration using a smoothed particle hydrodynamics code. We find that the results are very dependent on the angle between the rotational axis and the line connecting the initial bubble of burned material with the center of the WD at the moment of ignition. The impact of rotation is larger for angles close to 90° because the Coriolis force on a floating element of fluid is maximum and its principal effect is to break the symmetry of the deflagration. Such symmetry breaking weakens the convergence of the nuclear flame at the antipodes of the initial ignition volume, changing the environmental conditions around the convergence region with respect to non-rotating models. These changes seem to disfavor the emergence of a detonation in the compressed volume at the antipodes and may compromise the viability of the so-called gravitational confined detonation mechanism.

  17. Rossby Waves



    tut quiz Tutorial Quiz Interactive Media Element This interactive tutorial reviews the mechanisms of Rossby waves. Rossby waves in both the northern and southern hemispheres are considered. The interactions involve answering simple fill-in-the-blank questions. Diagrams are used to illustrate some of the concepts reviewed. MR4322 Dynamic Meteorology

  18. Wave Dragon

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    Tedd, James; Kofoed, Jens Peter; Friis-Madsen, Erik


    Since March 2003 a prototype of Wave Dragon has been tested in an inland sea in Denmark. This has been a great success with all subsystems tested and improved through working in an offshore environment. The project has proved the Wave Dragon device and has enabled the next stage, a production sized...

  19. Wave Star

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    Kramer, Morten; Brorsen, Michael; Frigaard, Peter

    Nærværende rapport beskriver numeriske beregninger af den hydrodynamiske interaktion mellem 5 flydere i bølgeenergianlægget Wave Star.......Nærværende rapport beskriver numeriske beregninger af den hydrodynamiske interaktion mellem 5 flydere i bølgeenergianlægget Wave Star....

  20. Wave Solutions

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    Christov, Ivan C


    In classical continuum physics, a wave is a mechanical disturbance. Whether the disturbance is stationary or traveling and whether it is caused by the motion of atoms and molecules or the vibration of a lattice structure, a wave can be understood as a specific type of solution of an appropriate mathematical equation modeling the underlying physics. Typical models consist of partial differential equations that exhibit certain general properties, e.g., hyperbolicity. This, in turn, leads to the possibility of wave solutions. Various analytical techniques (integral transforms, complex variables, reduction to ordinary differential equations, etc.) are available to find wave solutions of linear partial differential equations. Furthermore, linear hyperbolic equations with higher-order derivatives provide the mathematical underpinning of the phenomenon of dispersion, i.e., the dependence of a wave's phase speed on its wavenumber. For systems of nonlinear first-order hyperbolic equations, there also exists a general ...

  1. Interaction of a planar reacting shock wave with an isotropic turbulent vorticity field (United States)

    Huete, César; Jin, Tai; Martínez-Ruiz, Daniel; Luo, Kun


    Linear interaction analysis (LIA) is employed to investigate the interaction of reactive and nonreactive shock waves with isotropic vortical turbulence. The analysis is carried out, through Laplace-transform technique, accounting for long-time effects of vortical disturbances on the burnt-gas flow in the fast-reaction limit, where the reaction-region thickness is significantly small in comparison with the most representative turbulent length scales. Results provided by the opposite slow-reaction limit are also recollected. The reactive case is here restricted to situations where the overdriven detonation front does not exhibit self-induced oscillations nor inherent instabilities. The interaction of the planar detonation with a monochromatic pattern of perturbations is addressed first, and then a Fourier superposition for three-dimensional isotropic turbulent fields is employed to provide integral formulas for the amplification of the kinetic energy, enstrophy, and anisotropy downstream. Transitory evolution is also provided for single-frequency disturbances. In addition, further effects associated to the reaction rate, which have not been included in LIA, are studied through direct numerical simulations. The numerical computations, based on WENO-BO4-type scheme, provide spatial profiles of the turbulent structures downstream for four different conditions that include nonreacting shock waves, unstable reacting shock (sufficiently high activation energy), and stable reacting shocks for different detonation thicknesses. Effects of the propagation Mach number, chemical heat release, and burn rate are analyzed.

  2. Consolidation Waves


    Berg, Ward; Smit, Han


    textabstractThis paper explains why consolidation acquisitions occur in waves and it predicts the differing role each firm is likely to play in the consolidation game. We propose that whether a firm assumes the role of rival consolidator, target, or passive observer depends on the position of the firm relative to the entity that merges first. Our model predicts that an initial acquisition triggers a wave of follow-on acquisitions, where the process of asset accumulation by the consolidator is...

  3. Wave Star

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    Kramer, Morten; Andersen, Thomas Lykke

    Nærværende rapport beskriver modelforsøg udført på Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Vand, Jord og Miljøteknik med bølgeenergianlægget Wave Star.......Nærværende rapport beskriver modelforsøg udført på Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Vand, Jord og Miljøteknik med bølgeenergianlægget Wave Star....

  4. Wave Star

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    Kramer, Morten; Frigaard, Peter

    Nærværende rapport beskriver modelforsøg udført på Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Byggeri og Anlæg med bølgeenergianlæget Wave Star.......Nærværende rapport beskriver modelforsøg udført på Aalborg Universitet, Institut for Byggeri og Anlæg med bølgeenergianlæget Wave Star....

  5. Gravitational Wave Emission from the Single-Degenerate Channel of Type Ia Supernovae (United States)

    Falta, David; Fisher, Robert; Khanna, Gaurav


    The thermonuclear explosion of a C/O white dwarf as a Type Ia supernova (SN Ia) generates a kinetic energy comparable to that released by a massive star during a SN II event. Current observations and theoretical models have established that SNe Ia are asymmetric, and therefore—like SNe II—potential sources of gravitational wave (GW) radiation. We perform the first detailed calculations of the GW emission for a SN Ia of any type within the single-degenerate channel. The gravitationally confined detonation (GCD) mechanism predicts a strongly polarized GW burst in the frequency band around 1 Hz. Third-generation spaceborne GW observatories currently in planning may be able to detect this predicted signal from SNe Ia at distances up to 1 Mpc. If observable, GWs may offer a direct probe into the first few seconds of the SNe Ia detonation.

  6. Blast Waves

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    Needham, Charles E


    The primary purpose of this text is to document many of the lessons that have been learned during the author’s more than forty years in the field of blast and shock. The writing therefore takes on an historical perspective, in some sense, because it follows the author’s experience. The book deals with blast waves propagating in fluids or materials that can be treated as fluids. It begins by distinguishing between blast waves and the more general category of shock waves. It then examines several ways of generating blast waves, considering the propagation of blast waves in one, two and three dimensions as well as through the real atmosphere. One section treats the propagation of shocks in layered gases in a more detailed manner. The book also details the interaction of shock waves with structures in particular reflections, progressing from simple to complex geometries, including planar structures, two-dimensional structures such as ramps or wedges, reflections from heights of burst, and three-dimensional st...

  7. Simultaneous photonic doppler velocimetry and ultra-high speed imaging techniques to characterize the pressure output of detonators (United States)

    Murphy, Michael; Clarke, Steven A.


    Detonator output directed into both ambient air and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) windows is simultaneously investigated using ultra-high speed, time-resolved imaging and photonic Doppler velocimetry (PDV) measurements. In air, one-dimensional measurements of detonator cup position are made from timeresolved image sequences and compared to time-integrated velocity curves obtained from the PDV data. The results demonstrate good agreement that validates using the two methods concurrently to measure the motion of the detonator free-surface. In PMMA windows, instantaneous shock velocities are calculated from 1-D time-resolved measurements of shock position and known velocity-Hugoniot data are utilized to map the shock velocity calculations to corresponding values of mass velocity and shock pressure. Simultaneous PDV data describing the motion of the detonator cup/PMMA interface are used to determine the mass velocity and pressure at the interface, and to compare to the mass and shock pressures calculated from the imaging data. Experimental results are in good agreement with empirical detonation- and shock-interaction calculations, as well as 1-D numerical simulations.

  8. Some properties of explosive mixtures containing peroxides Part I. Relative performance and detonation of mixtures with triacetone triperoxide. (United States)

    Zeman, Svatopluk; Trzciński, Waldemar A; Matyás, Robert


    This study concerns mixtures of triacetone triperoxide (3,3,6,6,9,9-hexamethyl-1,2,4,5,7,8-hexoxonane, TATP) and ammonium nitrate (AN) with added water (W), as the case may be, and dry mixtures of TATP with urea nitrate (UN). Relative performances (RP) of the mixtures and their individual components, relative to TNT, were determined by means of ballistic mortar. The detonation energies, E0, and detonation velocities, D, were calculated for the mixtures studied by means of the thermodynamic code CHEETAH. Relationships have been found and are discussed between the RP and the E0 values related to unit volume of gaseous products of detonation of these mixtures. These relationships together with those between RP and oxygen balance values of the mixtures studied indicate different types of participation of AN and UN in the explosive decomposition of the respective mixtures. Dry TATP/UN mixtures exhibit lower RP than analogous mixtures TATP/AN containing up to 25% of water. Depending on the water content, the TATP/AN mixtures possess higher detonability values than the ANFO explosives. A semi-logarithmic relationship between the D values and oxygen coefficients has been derived for all the mixtures studied at the charge density of 1000 kg m(-3). Among the mixtures studied, this relationship distinguishes several samples of the type of "tertiary explosives" as well as samples that approach "high explosives" in their performances and detonation velocities.

  9. Wave Generation Theory

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    Frigaard, Peter; Høgedal, Michael; Christensen, Morten

    The intention of this manual is to provide some formulas and techniques which can be used for generating waves in hydraulic laboratories. Both long crested waves (2-D waves) and short crested waves (3-D waves) are considered....

  10. Nuclear reactions in type IA supernovae: Effects of progenitor composition and detonation asymmetry (United States)

    Chamulak, David A.

    Type Ia supernovae go through three distinct phases before their progenitor star is obliterated in a thermonuclear explosion. First is "simmering," during which the 12 C + 12 C reaction gradually heats the white dwarf on a long (~10^3 yr) timescale. Next is a period of subsonic burning. Finally, a detonation is thought to occur that finishes unbinding the star. This thesis investigates the nuclear reactions that take place in these three phases and considers what that may be able to tell us about the progenitor systems and the mechanics behind the detonation. First, we investigate the nuclear reactions during this simmering with a series of self-heating, at constant pressure, reaction network calculations. As an aid to hydrodynamical simulations of the simmering phase, we present fits to the rates of heating, electron capture, change in mean atomic mass, and consumption of 12 C in terms of the screened thermally averaged cross section for 12 C + 12 C. Our evaluation of the net heating rate includes contributions from electron captures into the 3.68 MeV excited state of 13 C. We compare our one-zone results to more accurate integrations over the white dwarf structure to estimate the amount of 12 C that must be consumed to raise the white dwarf temperature, and hence to determine the net reduction of Y e during simmering. Second, we consider the effects of 22 Ne on flame speed. Carbon-oxygen white dwarfs contain 22 Ne formed from a-captures onto 14 N during core He burning in the progenitor star. In a white dwarf (Type Ta) supernova, the 22 Ne abundance determines, in part, the neutron-to-proton ratio and hence the abundance of radioactive 56 Ni that powers the lightcurve. The 22 Ne abundance also changes the burning rate and hence the laminar flame speed. We tabulate the flame speedup for different initial 12 C and 22 Ne abundances and for a range of densities. This increase in the laminar flame speed--about 30% for a 22 Ne mass fraction of 6%--affects the

  11. Scaling of light emission from detonating bare Composition B, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene [C7H5(NO2)3], and PE4 plastic explosive charges

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    Mostert, FJ


    Full Text Available It is well known that an intense flash of light is emitted when an explosive charge is detonated. The light emission continues well beyond the actual detonation process due to shock excitation of the air molecules around the charge, as well as post...

  12. Chemical stability of salt cake in the presence of organic materials. [Detonation hazard

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    Beitel, G.A.


    High-level waste stored as salt cake is principally NaNO/sub 3/. Some organic material is known to have been added to the waste tanks. It has been suggested that some of this organic material may have become nitrated and transformed to a detonable state. Arguments are presented to discount the presence of nitrated organics in the waste tanks. Nitrated organics generated accidentally usually explode at the time of formation. Detonation tests show that salt cake and ''worst-case'' organic mixtures are not detonable. Organic mixtures with salt cake are compared with black powder, a related exothermic reactant. Black-powder mixtures of widely varying composition can and do burn explosively; ignition temperatures are 300-450/sup 0/C. However, black-powder-type mixes cannot be ignited by radiation and are shock-insensitive. Temperatures generated by radionuclide decay in the salt are below 175/sup 0/C and would be incapable of igniting any of these mixtures. The expected effect of radiation on organics in the waste tanks is a slow dehydrogenation and depolymerization along with a slight increase in sensitivity to oxidation. The greatest explosion hazard, if any exists, is a hydrogen--oxygen explosion from water radiolysis, but the hydrogen must first be generated and then trapped so that the concentration of hydrogen can rise above 4 vol percent. This is impossible in salt cake. Final confirmation of the safety against organic-related explosive reactions in the salt cake will be based upon analytical determinations of organic concentrations. 12 tables, 5 fig. (DLC)

  13. Vulnerability assessment of a space based weapon platform electronics system exposed to a thermonuclear weapon detonation

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    Perez, C.L. [North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill, NC (United States); Johnson, J.O. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)


    The utilization of reconnaissance/surveillance satellite and weapon platform assets in space will subject the sensitive electronic equipment to a variety of natural and man-made radiation environments. These include Van Allen Belt protons and electrons; galactic and solar flare protons; neutrons, gamma rays, and X-rays from fission and fusion weapons; and directed neutral particle beams and lasers. Electronic equipment, including modem integrated circuits, may undergo permanent or transient changes of the electrical properties of the active components when exposed to these sources of radiation. This report summarizes the results of the Monte Carlo Adjoint Shielding code system -- MASH v1.0 calculations designed to estimate the dose to the critical electronics components of an idealized spaced based weapon platform from neutron and gamma-ray radiation emanating from a thermonuclear weapon detonation. The MASH calculations modeled several source/platform geometry configurations, obtaining results for multiple distances and weapon detonation positions relative to the platform. For certain source/platform orientations, the results indicate vulnerabilities to the C{sup 3} bay critical components box to radiation damage from a nuclear weapon detonation. Neutron protection factors ranged from 0.7 to 3.4 for the three platform configurations analyzed, and gamma-ray protection factors ranged from approximately 1.5 to 9.8. The results further indicate the source has a direct line-of-sight to the critical components box for certain source/platform orientations, regardless of the number of interceptors present. The merits of utilizing the MASH code system for estimating dose and shielding factors for spaced based assets has been demonstrated. The geometry configuration studied here is greatly simplified compared to those that will be encountered in an actual design.

  14. Theoretical studies on the thermodynamic properties and detonation properties of cyclotrimethylene trinitramine (RDX with aluminum and boron metals.

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    Nilgün Şen


    Full Text Available The B3LYP/6-311++G(2df,2p density functional theory (DFT method was used to investigate molecular geometry and thermodynamic properties of RDX and RDX derivatives containing Al and B metals. The detonation velocity (D and detonation pressure (P, estimated by using Kamlet–Jacobs and in literature equations, respectively. Total energies (Et, frontier orbital energy (EHOMO, ELOMO, energy gap (ΔELUMO–HOMO and theoretical molecular density (ρ were calculated with Spartan 14 software package program. It was shown that the presence of aluminum and boron atoms affects the good thermal stabilities. The results show that the composite RDX-Al, RDX-B derivatives have higher detonation performance and higher density than RDX. RDX-Al derivatives appeared to be superior to RDX-B mixtures in terms of these parameters. These results provide information on the moleculer design of new energetic materials.

  15. Process for estimating likelihood and confidence in post detonation nuclear forensics.

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    Darby, John L. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Craft, Charles M. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    Technical nuclear forensics (TNF) must provide answers to questions of concern to the broader community, including an estimate of uncertainty. There is significant uncertainty associated with post-detonation TNF. The uncertainty consists of a great deal of epistemic (state of knowledge) as well as aleatory (random) uncertainty, and many of the variables of interest are linguistic (words) and not numeric. We provide a process by which TNF experts can structure their process for answering questions and provide an estimate of uncertainty. The process uses belief and plausibility, fuzzy sets, and approximate reasoning.


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    Ljubinka Radosavljević


    Full Text Available The machine - EKA 350 is designed for the activation of the serial or mixed connected electric detonating caps EK - 40 - 69 in explosive fillings at mining and demolition. For the analyzes of reliability it is important that the machine works in the three regimes of function: LOAD, FIRE and EMPTY. Modeling of reliability was executed for each of the mentioned regimes of the EKA 350 machine. In the machine are incorporated the components dedicated to the professional usage and satisfaction of the MIL standards. The machine is treated as it works in a single - stage mission which lasts 20 seconds.

  17. On the Use of an ER-213 Detonator to Establish a Baseline for the ER-486

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    Thomas, Keith A. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Liechty, Gary H. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Jaramillo, Dennis C. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Munger, Alan C. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); McHugh, Douglas C. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Kennedy, James E. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    This report documents a series of tests using a TSD-115 fireset coupled with an ER-213, a gold exploding bridgewire (EBW) detonator. These tests were designed to fire this EBW with a smaller fireset to obtain current and voltage data as well as timing information at voltage levels below, above, and throughout the threshold firing region. This study could then create a database for comparison to our current ER-486 EBW development, which is designed to be a lower voltage (<500V) device.

  18. Computer Modeling of a Rotating Detonation Engine in a Rocket Configuration (United States)


    in a rocket . In the plateaus, the RDE has extracted as much energy from the fuel as possible, so additional time in the combustion chamber will not...impulse for rocket engines 53 of 150 sec falls below that of existing rocket engines. The nozzle and exhaust were assumed to be ideal, as were the...COMPUTER MODELING OF A ROTATING DETONATION ENGINE IN A ROCKET CONFIGURATION THESIS Nihar N. Shah, 1st Lt, USAF AFIT-ENY-MS-15-M-230 DEPARTMENT OF THE

  19. Equations of state for detonation products of high energy PBX explosives

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    Lee, E. L.; Helm, F. H.; Finger, M.; Walton, J. R.


    It has become apparent that the accumulated changes in the analysis of cylinder test data, in the material specifications, and in the hydrodynamic code simulation of the cylinder test necessitated an update of the detonation product EOS description for explosives in common use at LLL. The explosives reviewed are PBX-9404-3, LX-04-1, LX-10-1, LX-14-0 and LX-09-1. In order to maintain the proper relation of predicted performance of these standard explosives, they have been revised as a single set.

  20. Efficient Wave Energy Amplification with Wave Reflectors


    Kramer, Morten Mejlhede; Frigaard, Peter Bak


    Wave Energy Converters (WEC's) extract wave energy from a limited area, often a single point or line even though the wave energy is generally spread out along the wave crest. By the use of wave reflectors (reflecting walls) the wave energy is effectively focused and increased to approximately 130-140%. In the paper a procedure for calculating the efficiency and optimizing the geometry of wave reflectors are described, this by use of a 3D boundary element method. The calculations are verified ...

  1. High-temperature hydrogen-air-steam detonation experiments in the BNL small-scale development apparatus

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    Ciccarelli, G.; Ginsburg, T.; Boccio, J.; Economos, C.; Finfrock, C.; Gerlach, L. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Sato, K.; Kinoshita, M. [Nuclear Power Engineering Corp., Tokyo (Japan)


    The Small-Scale Development Apparatus (SSDA) was constructed to provide a preliminary set of experimental data to characterize the effect of temperature on the ability of hydrogen-air-steam mixtures to undergo detonations and, equally important, to support design of the larger scale High-Temperature Combustion Facility (HTCF) by providing a test bed for solution of a number of high-temperature design and operational problems. The SSDA, the central element of which is a 10-cm inside diameter, 6.1-m long tubular test vessel designed to permit detonation experiments at temperatures up to 700K, was employed to study self-sustained detonations in gaseous mixtures of hydrogen, air, and steam at temperatures between 300K and 650K at a fixed initial pressure of 0.1 MPa. Hydrogen-air mixtures with hydrogen composition from 9 to 60 percent by volume and steam fractions up to 35 percent by volume were studied for stoichiometric hydrogen-air-steam mixtures. Detonation cell size measurements provide clear evidence that the effect of hydrogen-air gas mixture temperature, in the range 300K-650K, is to decrease cell size and, hence, to increase the sensitivity of the mixture to undergo detonations. The effect of steam content, at any given temperature, is to increase the cell size and, thereby, to decrease the sensitivity of stoichiometric hydrogen-air mixtures. The hydrogen-air detonability limits for the 10-cm inside diameter SSDA test vessel, based upon the onset of single-head spin, decreased from 15 percent hydrogen at 300K down to between 9 and 10 percent hydrogen at 650K. The one-dimensional ZND model does a very good job at predicting the overall trends in the cell size data over the range of hydrogen-air-steam mixture compositions and temperature studied in the experiments.

  2. Finite Amplitude Ocean Waves

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    (2). Hence, small amplitude waves are also called linear waves. Most of the aspects of the ocean waves can be explained by the small amplitude wave theory. Let us now see the water particle motion due to waves. While wave energy is carried by the wave as it progresses forward, the water particles oscillate up and down.

  3. Shallow Water Waves and Solitary Waves


    Hereman, Willy


    Encyclopedic article covering shallow water wave models used in oceanography and atmospheric science. Sections: Definition of the Subject; Introduction and Historical Perspective; Completely Integrable Shallow Water Wave Equations; Shallow Water Wave Equations of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics; Computation of Solitary Wave Solutions; Numerical Methods; Water Wave Experiments and Observations; Future Directions, and Bibliography.

  4. Wave groups in unidirectional surface wave models

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    van Groesen, Embrecht W.C.


    Uni-directional wave models are used to study wave groups that appear in wave tanks of hydrodynamic laboratories; characteristic for waves in such tanks is that the wave length is rather small, comparable to the depth of the layer. In second-order theory, the resulting Nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS)

  5. Wave Dragon

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    Kramer, Morten; Frigaard, Peter

    På foranledning af Löwenmark F.R.I, er der udført numeriske beregninger af Wave Dragons (herefter WD) armes effektivitet for forskellige geometriske udformninger. 5 geometriske modeller, hvor WD's arme er forkortet/forlænget er undersøgt for 3 forskellige drejninger af armene. I alt er 15...

  6. Carbon-coated copper nanoparticles prepared by detonation method and their thermocatalysis on ammonium perchlorate

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    Chongwei An


    Full Text Available Carbon-coated copper nanoparticles (CCNPs were prepared by initiating a high-density charge pressed with a mixture of microcrystalline wax, hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX, and copper nitrate hydrate (Cu(NO32·3H2O in an explosion vessel filled with nitrogen gas. The detonation products were characterized by transmission electron microcopy (TEM, high resolution transmission electron microcopy (HRTEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and Raman spectroscopy. The effects of CCNPs on thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP were also investigated by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC. Results indicated that the detonation products were spherical, 25-40 nm in size, and had an apparent core-shell structure. In this structure, the carbon shell was 3-5 nm thick and mainly composed of graphite, C8 (a kind of carbyne, and amorphous carbon. When 5 wt.% CCNPs was mixed with 95 wt.% AP, the high-temperature decomposition peak of AP decreased by 95.97, 96.99, and 96.69 °Cat heating rates of 5, 10, and 20 °C/min, respectively. Moreover, CCNPs decreased the activation energy of AP as calculated through Kissinger’s method by 25%, which indicated outstanding catalysis for the thermal decomposition of AP.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of nano-CeO2 by detonation method (United States)

    Han, Zhi-wei; Xie, Li-feng; Ni, Ou-qi; Li, Bin; Chao, Cheng; Xie, Yi-chao


    In order to study the application of detonation synthesis method in preparing nanoscale ceria(CeO2), ceria powder was synthesized by detonation method. The synthesis experiment was carried out in explosion containment vessel by initiating the emulsion explosive in which Ce(NO3)3.6H2O acted as the main oxidant. The phase composition, crystal form, appearance and microstructure of the as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscope(TEM). The result from XRD test indicated that the nanoscale ceria belonged to cubic phase. The mean size of ceria grain was 26nm based on the calculation result according to Scherrer equation. The result from TEM test presented that the as-synthesized ceria grain was spherical by appearance, and the size was uniform. According to TEM test result, the mean size of ceria grain was between 20nm and 30nm, which coincided with calculation result perfectly.

  8. Carbon-coated copper nanoparticles prepared by detonation method and their thermocatalysis on ammonium perchlorate (United States)

    An, Chongwei; Ding, Penghui; Ye, Baoyun; Geng, Xiaoheng; Wang, Jingyu


    Carbon-coated copper nanoparticles (CCNPs) were prepared by initiating a high-density charge pressed with a mixture of microcrystalline wax, hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), and copper nitrate hydrate (Cu(NO3)2.3H2O) in an explosion vessel filled with nitrogen gas. The detonation products were characterized by transmission electron microcopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microcopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Raman spectroscopy. The effects of CCNPs on thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) were also investigated by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). Results indicated that the detonation products were spherical, 25-40 nm in size, and had an apparent core-shell structure. In this structure, the carbon shell was 3-5 nm thick and mainly composed of graphite, C8 (a kind of carbyne), and amorphous carbon. When 5 wt.% CCNPs was mixed with 95 wt.% AP, the high-temperature decomposition peak of AP decreased by 95.97, 96.99, and 96.69 °Cat heating rates of 5, 10, and 20 °C/min, respectively. Moreover, CCNPs decreased the activation energy of AP as calculated through Kissinger's method by 25%, which indicated outstanding catalysis for the thermal decomposition of AP.

  9. Asymptotic analysis of the structure of a steady planar detonation: Review and extension

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    Bush W. B.


    Full Text Available The structure of a steady planar Chapman–Jouguet detonation, which is supported by a direct first-order one-step irreversible exothermic unimolecular reaction, subject to Arrhenius kinetics, is examined. Solutions are studied, by means of a limit-process-expansion analysis, valid for Λ , proportional to the ratio of the reaction rate to the flow rate, going to zero, and for β , proportional to the ratio of the activation temperature to the maximum flow temperature, going to infinity, with the product Λ β 1 / 2 going to zero. The results, essentially in agreement with the Zeldovich–von Neumann–Doring model, show that the detonation consists of (1 a three-region upstream shock-like zone, wherein convection and diffusion dominate; (2 an exponentially thicker five-region downstream deflagration-like zone, wherein convection and reaction dominate; and (3 a transition zone, intermediate to the upstream and downstream zones, wherein convection, diffusion, and reaction are of the same order of magnitude. It is in this transition zone that the ideal Neumann state is most closely approached.

  10. Planning and Response to the Detonation of an Improvised Nuclear Device: Past, Present, and Future Research

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    Bentz, A


    While the reality of an improvised nuclear device (IND) being detonated in an American city is unlikely, its destructive power is such that the scenario must be planned for. Upon reviewing the academic literature on the effects of and response to IND events, this report looks to actual responders from around the country. The results from the meetings of public officials in the cities show where gaps exist between theoretical knowledge and actual practice. In addition to the literature, the meetings reveal areas where future research needs to be conducted. This paper recommends that local response planners: meet to discuss the challenges of IND events; offer education to officials, the public, and responders on IND events; incorporate 'shelter-first' into response plans; provide information to the public and responders using the 3 Cs; and engage the private sector (including media) in response plans. In addition to these recommendations for the response planners, the paper provides research questions that once answered will improve response plans around the country. By following the recommendations, both groups, response planners and researchers, can help the country better prepare for and mitigate the effects of an IND detonation.

  11. A Detailed Circuit Analysis of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Building 141 Detonator Test Facility

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    Mayhall, D J; Wilson, M J; Wilson, J H


    A detailed electrical equivalent circuit of an as-built utility fault simulator is presented. Standard construction techniques for light industrial facilities were used to build a test-bed for evaluating utility power level faults into unintentional victims. The initial components or victims of interest are commercial detonators. Other possible candidates for fault response analyses include motors, power supplies, control systems, computers, or other electronic equipment. Measured Thevenin parameters of all interconnections provide the selected component values used in the model. Included in the model is an opening 10 HP motor circuit demonstrating voltage transients commonly seen on branch circuits from inductive loads common to industrial installations. Complex transmission lines were developed to represent real world transmission line effects possible from the associated branch circuits. To reduce the initial circuit stabilization delay a set of non-linear resistive elements are employed. The resulting model has assisted in confirming previous detonator safety work and supported the definition of critical parameters needed for continued safety assessment of victims to utility type power sources.

  12. Thermal Load Considerations for Detonative Combustion-Based Gas Turbine Engines (United States)

    Paxson, Daniel E.; Perkins, H. Douglas


    An analysis was conducted to assess methods for, and performance implications of, cooling the passages (tubes) of a pulse detonation-based combustor conceptually installed in the core of a gas turbine engine typical of regional aircraft. Temperature-limited material stress criteria were developed from common-sense engineering practice, and available material properties. Validated, one-dimensional, numerical simulations were then used to explore a variety of cooling methods and establish whether or not they met the established criteria. Simulation output data from successful schemes were averaged and used in a cycle-deck engine simulation in order to assess the impact of the cooling method on overall performance. Results were compared to both a baseline engine equipped with a constant-pressure combustor and to one equipped with an idealized detonative combustor. Major findings indicate that thermal loads in these devices are large, but potentially manageable. However, the impact on performance can be substantial. Nearly one half of the ideally possible specific fuel consumption (SFC) reduction is lost due to cooling of the tubes. Details of the analysis are described, limitations are presented, and implications are discussed.

  13. Computer Simulations to Study the Effects of Explosive and Confinement Properties on the Deflagration to Detonation Transition (DDT) (United States)

    Reaugh, John; Curtis, John; Maheswaran, Mary-Ann


    We have augmented the HERMES model (High Explosive Response to MEchanical Stimulus) by adding a modification to the CREST (Computational Reaction Evolution dependent on Entropy (S) and Time) detonation model. We have applied the combined model in ALE 3D to simulate DDT in an experimental configuration comprising an explosive confined in a tube and ignited at one end. We assess the quantitative effects of explosive properties and of tube geometry and material properties on the location of the detonation transition. For a fixed porosity, we find that the specific surface area of the explosive particles, in combination with the explosive's pressure-dependent burn rate, have strong influence on the transition to detonation. The run-to-detonation properties of the explosive powder (given by the Pop-plot) also have strong effect. In our simulations, the speed of the ignition front has less effect on the transition. The ignition front is caused by hot product gas moving through the permeable bed of explosive particles. In our single-velocity, multi-species approximation, we specify the ignition front speed as an input parameter. The results of our simulations help us identify the independent experiments that must be performed and analysed before a model for DDT can be validated. JER's activity was performed under the auspices of the US DOE by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344, and partially funded by the Joint US DoD/DOE Munitions Technology Development Program.

  14. Characterization of laser-induced plasmas as a complement to high-explosive large-scale detonations (United States)

    Kimblin, Clare; Trainham, Rusty; Capelle, Gene A.; Mao, Xianglei; Russo, Richard E.


    Experimental investigations into the characteristics of laser-induced plasmas indicate that LIBS provides a relatively inexpensive and easily replicable laboratory technique to isolate and measure reactions germane to understanding aspects of high-explosive detonations under controlled conditions. Spectral signatures and derived physical parameters following laser ablation of aluminum, graphite and laser-sparked air are examined as they relate to those observed following detonation of high explosives and as they relate to shocked air. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) reliably correlates reactions involving atomic Al and aluminum monoxide (AlO) with respect to both emission spectra and temperatures, as compared to small- and large-scale high-explosive detonations. Atomic Al and AlO resulting from laser ablation and a cited small-scale study, decay within ˜10-5 s, roughly 100 times faster than the Al and AlO decay rates (˜10-3 s) observed following the large-scale detonation of an Al-encased explosive. Temperatures and species produced in laser-sparked air are compared to those produced with laser ablated graphite in air. With graphite present, CN is dominant relative to N2+. In studies where the height of the ablating laser's focus was altered relative to the surface of the graphite substrate, CN concentration was found to decrease with laser focus below the graphite surface, indicating that laser intensity is a critical factor in the production of CN, via reactive nitrogen.

  15. Time-resolved Small Angle X-ray Scattering During the Formation of Detonation Nano-Carbon Condensates (United States)

    Bagge-Hansen, Michael; Hammons, Josh; Nielsen, Mike; Lauderbach, Lisa; Hodgin, Ralph; Bastea, Sorin; van Buuren, Tony; Pagoria, Phil; May, Chadd; Jensen, Brian; Gustavsen, Rick; Watkins, Erik; Firestone, Millie; Dattelbaum, Dana; Fried, Larry; Cowan, Matt; Willey, Trevor


    Carbon nanomaterials are spontaneously generated under high pressure and temperature conditions present during the detonation of many high explosive (HE) materials. Thermochemical modeling suggests that the phase, size, and morphology of carbon condensates are strongly dependent on the type of HE used and associated evolution of temperature and pressure during the very early stages of detonation. Experimental validation of carbon condensation under these extreme conditions has been technically challenging. Here, we present synchrotron-based, time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TR-SAXS) measurements collected during HE detonations, acquired from discrete sub-100 ps x-ray pulses, every 153.4 ns. We select from various HE materials and geometries to explore a range of achievable pressures and temperatures that span detonation conditions and, correspondingly, generate an array of nano-carbon products, including nano-diamonds and nano-onions. The TR-SAXS patterns evolve rapidly over the first few hundred nanoseconds. Comparing the results with modeling offers significant progress towards a general carbon equation of state. Prepared by LLNL under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  16. Characterization of laser-induced plasmas as a complement to high-explosive large-scale detonations

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    Clare Kimblin


    Full Text Available Experimental investigations into the characteristics of laser-induced plasmas indicate that LIBS provides a relatively inexpensive and easily replicable laboratory technique to isolate and measure reactions germane to understanding aspects of high-explosive detonations under controlled conditions. Spectral signatures and derived physical parameters following laser ablation of aluminum, graphite and laser-sparked air are examined as they relate to those observed following detonation of high explosives and as they relate to shocked air. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS reliably correlates reactions involving atomic Al and aluminum monoxide (AlO with respect to both emission spectra and temperatures, as compared to small- and large-scale high-explosive detonations. Atomic Al and AlO resulting from laser ablation and a cited small-scale study, decay within ∼10-5 s, roughly 100 times faster than the Al and AlO decay rates (∼10-3 s observed following the large-scale detonation of an Al-encased explosive. Temperatures and species produced in laser-sparked air are compared to those produced with laser ablated graphite in air. With graphite present, CN is dominant relative to N2+. In studies where the height of the ablating laser’s focus was altered relative to the surface of the graphite substrate, CN concentration was found to decrease with laser focus below the graphite surface, indicating that laser intensity is a critical factor in the production of CN, via reactive nitrogen.

  17. Numerical simulation of blast loading on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 due to a warhead detonation (U)

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    The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) investigates the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which occured on Thursday July 17, 2014 in the Donetsk region (Ukraine). The DSB wants to provide a clear picture of the cause of the crash. A possible cause is fatal damage to the aircraft due to detonation of the

  18. Effect of microstructure on the near-failure detonation behavior of vapor-deposited pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) films (United States)

    Knepper, Robert; Forrest, Eric; Marquez, Michael; Tappan, Alexander


    Physical vapor deposition is an attractive method to produce sub-millimeter explosive samples with precisely controlled microstructure and geometry for studying detonation behavior at near-failure conditions. Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) is particularly interesting, as the microstructure of vapor-deposited films can be varied substantially by altering the surface energy of the substrate. In this work, we examine PETN films deposited in a sandwich structure with aluminum confinement, elucidating the effect of the confinement layers on the explosive thickness needed to sustain a propagating detonation. The interface energy between the PETN and aluminum can be altered depending on whether the aluminum is exposed to atmosphere prior to PETN deposition, which results in significant changes in density, preferred crystal orientation, and porosity distribution in the films. The resulting microstructures are characterized using scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. The effects of these changes in microstructure on detonation velocity and failure thickness as a function of confinement thickness are determined, providing an estimate of changes in detonation reaction kinetics with variation in microstructure. SAND2017-1750 A.

  19. Evolution of Carbon Clusters in the Detonation Products of the Triaminotrinitrobenzene (TATB)-Based Explosive PBX 9502

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    Watkins, Erik B. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States; Velizhanin, Kirill A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States; Dattelbaum, Dana M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States; Gustavsen, Richard L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States; Aslam, Tariq D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States; Podlesak, David W. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States; Huber, Rachel C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States; Firestone, Millicent A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States; Ringstrand, Bryan S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545, United States; Willey, Trevor M. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550, United States; Bagge-Hansen, Michael [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550, United States; Hodgin, Ralph [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550, United States; Lauderbach, Lisa [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550, United States; van Buuren, Tony [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550, United States; Sinclair, Nicholas [Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99164, United States; Rigg, Paulo A. [Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99164, United States; Seifert, Soenke [Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois 60439, United States; Gog, Thomas [Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois 60439, United States


    The detonation of carbon-rich high explosives yields solid carbon as a major constituent of the product mixture and, depending on the thermodynamic conditions behind the shock front, a variety of carbon allotropes and morphologies may form and evolve. We applied time-resolved small angle x-ray scattering (TR-SAXS) to investigate the dynamics of carbon clustering during detonation of PBX 9502, an explosive composed of triaminotrinitrobenzene (TATB) and 5 wt% fluoropolymer binder. Solid carbon formation was probed from 0.1 to 2.0 μs behind the detonation front and revealed rapid carbon cluster growth which reached a maximum after ~200 ns. The late-time carbon clusters had a radius of gyration of 3.3 nm which is consistent with 8.4 nm diameter spherical particles and matched particle sizes of recovered products. Simulations using a clustering kinetics model were found to be in good agreement with the experimental measurements of cluster growth when invoking a freeze-out temperature, and temporal shift associated with the initial precipitation of solid carbon. Product densities from reactive flow models were compared to the electron density contrast obtained from TR-SAXS and used to approximate the carbon cluster composition as a mixture of 20% highly ordered (diamond-like) and 80% disordered carbon forms, which will inform future product equation of state models for solid carbon in PBX 9502 detonation product mixtures.

  20. Gravitational waves

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    Ciufolini, I; Moschella, U; Fre, P


    Gravitational waves (GWs) are a hot topic and promise to play a central role in astrophysics, cosmology, and theoretical physics. Technological developments have led us to the brink of their direct observation, which could become a reality in the coming years. The direct observation of GWs will open an entirely new field: GW astronomy. This is expected to bring a revolution in our knowledge of the universe by allowing the observation of previously unseen phenomena, such as the coalescence of compact objects (neutron stars and black holes), the fall of stars into supermassive black holes, stellar core collapses, big-bang relics, and the new and unexpected.With a wide range of contributions by leading scientists in the field, Gravitational Waves covers topics such as the basics of GWs, various advanced topics, GW detectors, astrophysics of GW sources, numerical applications, and several recent theoretical developments. The material is written at a level suitable for postgraduate students entering the field.