Modeling of Near-Field Blast Performance

Report No. ARL-TR-6711
Authors: Barrie E. Homan; Matthew M. Biss; Kevin L. McNesby
Date/Pages: November 2013; 22 pages
Abstract: Two hydrocode packages, ALE3D and CTH, were used to model the blast from a 450-g sphere of the near-ideal explosive composition 4. The pressure profile was optically measured using high-speed video and streak camera imaging techniques. Pressure profiles were obtained by measuring the velocity of the shock wave and using the Rankine-Hugoniot theory to calculate peak pressure. The high-resolution model results were compared to the optical data, standard gauge data, and the empirical blast estimation code CONWEP.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: November 1, 2013