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Chemically reactive flows, Equations of state, Shock waves, Experiment Design, Computer Modeling


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 wavevelocity 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.


This is the Publisher PDF of D. E. Kittell, N. R. Cummock, and S. F. Son, “Reactive Flow Modeling of Small Scale Detonation Failure Experiments for a Baseline Non-ideal Explosive,” Journal of Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 120(6), p. 064901, 2016. Copyright AIP Publishing, it is available at their site at DOI 10.1063/1.4959818.

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