An Explosive Loading Technique for the Uniform Expansion of 304 Stainless Steel Cylinders at High Strain Rates

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M. J. Forrestal

Systems Development Department III, Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mex. 87185

B. W. Duggin

Simulation Technology Department, Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mex. 87185

R. I. Butler

Nuclear Safety Department, Sandia Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mex. 87185

J. Appl. Mech 47(1), 17-20 (Mar 01, 1980) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3153600 History: Received January 01, 1979; Revised July 01, 1979; Online July 21, 2009


A new explosive loading technique is applied to study the uniform plastic expansion and fracture initiation of 304 stainless steel cylinders. An annular layer of dry PETN high explosive is placed in contact with the inner diameter of the cylinder and surface-initiated with an array of etched copper bridgewires. This technique produces a simultaneous detonation of the explosive and a nearly uniform expansion of the stainless steel cylinders.

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