Size Reduction Research for the Universal Initiator CY2001 Report

Report No. ARL-MR-593
Authors: William Lawler and Dan Judy
Date/Pages: June 2004; 27 pages
Abstract: We describe two aspects of miniaturization research for the proposed universal initiator (UI) system. The UI would combine functionality of the remote activation munitions system (RAMS) and the sympathetic detonation (SYDET) system. First, we discuss the results of a market survey of candidate display devices for UI, where we conclude that organic light emitting diode device technology is most appropriate. We also discuss twisted nematic liquid crystal diode device technology which is used in RAMS and SYDET. Second, we discuss possible size reduction in the quadrature detector of the radio frequency receiver used in the RAMS system, with emphasis on new parts and technologies. We show results of tests performed on a ceramic resonator that would allow significant size reduction in the receiver, and conclude that use of the ceramic device will result in an unacceptable loss in sensitivity of the receiver. The work was performed at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in calendar year 2001.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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