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  • Main Title High explosives reaction model and its application to booster performance


  • Author: Tang, P.K.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Name: Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: New Mexico


  • Creation: 1989-01-01


  • English


  • Content Description: Initiation of insensitive high explosives requires a boosting system using more sensitive and usually more energetic explosives. However, problems arise if the booster material is too energetic. The initiability of some insensitive but less energetic high explosives can be enhanced by lowering the density and decreasing the grain size or by adding a sensitive component; thus these explosives can be used as booster materials. This paper presents a unified initiation and detonation reaction model and then the simulation of the development of the detonation wave in a PBX-9502 main charge using three booster explosives: low-density superfine TATB, low-density ultrafine TATB, and X-0407. The last two are found to be acceptable for booster application. 12 refs., 5 figs.
  • Physical Description: Pages: 12


  • Keyword: Kel-F
  • Keyword: Organic Compounds
  • Keyword: Mathematical Models
  • Keyword: Organic Polymers
  • Keyword: Mechanics
  • Keyword: Tatb
  • Keyword: Hydrodynamics
  • Keyword: Shock Waves
  • Keyword: Organic Chlorine Compounds
  • Keyword: Explosives
  • Keyword: Fluid Mechanics
  • Keyword: Nitrogen Compounds
  • Keyword: Detonation Waves
  • Keyword: Crystal Structure
  • Keyword: Chemical Explosives
  • Keyword: Polyolefins
  • Keyword: Simulation
  • Keyword: Additives
  • STI Subject Categories: 45 Military Technology, Weaponry, And National Defense
  • Keyword: Esters
  • Keyword: Organic Fluorine Compounds
  • Keyword: Nitrates
  • Keyword: Computerized Simulation
  • STI Subject Categories: 990220 -- Computers, Computerized Models, & Computer Programs-- (1987-1989)
  • Keyword: Microstructure
  • Keyword: Detonations
  • Keyword: Size
  • Keyword: Oxygen Compounds
  • STI Subject Categories: 99 General And Miscellaneous//Mathematics, Computing, And Information Science
  • Keyword: Petn
  • Keyword: Performance Testing
  • Keyword: Organic Halogen Compounds
  • Keyword: Polymers
  • Keyword: Grain Size
  • Keyword: Polyethylenes
  • Keyword: Detonators
  • Keyword: Testing 450100* -- Military Technology, Weaponry, & National Defense-- Chemical Explosions & Explosives
  • Keyword: Nitric Acid Esters


  • Conference: 3. international symposium on behavior of media under high dynamic pressures, La Grande Motte, France, 5 Jun 1989


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Other: DE89005459
  • Report No.: LA-UR-88-4130
  • Report No.: CONF-890661-2
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5988668
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1101479


  • Display Note: NTIS, PC A03/MF A01 - OSTI; 1.