Imaging Detonations of Explosives

Report No. ARL-TR-7647
Authors: Kevin L McNesby; Matthew M Bis; Barrie E Homan; Richard A Benjamin; Vincent M Boyle Sr; John M Densmore
Date/Pages: April 2015; 38 pages
Abstract: The techniques and instrumentation presented in this report allow for mapping of temperature, pressure, chemical species, and energy deposition during and following detonations of explosives. Developed over the last several years under US Army mission funding, this work has been transitioned from a developmental task to the regular "toolkit" employed by researchers within the US Army Research Laboratory. This work provides measurement in the explosive near- to far-field (0–500 charge diameters) of surface temperatures, peak air-shock pressures, some chemical species signatures, and shock energy deposition. Information on these events is used to evaluate the performance, lethality, and survivability of Army munitions.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2015