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Improvements to high-speed monitoring of events in extreme environments using fiber Bragg grating sensors
Author(s): Eric Udd; Jerry Benterou
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Paper Abstract

An innovative system that allows the measurement of velocity, position, temperature and pressure during burn, deflagration and detonation of energetic materials has been developed. An initial demonstration of this system has been able to measure pressures up to 1,200,000 psi, and temperature changes of 400° C over a period of 25 microseconds. Both measurements were instrument limited. Improved instrumentation will allow extensions to 4,000,000 psi measurements and enhanced resolution of over and order of magnitude. This is the first time to our knowledge that measurements of velocity, position, temperature and pressure have been made interior to highly energetic materials during burn, deflagration and detonation. The technology is in its very early stages. It has great potential to make important near term measurements with significant further improvements being made as the technology begins to mature. Immediate application areas include assessment of the performance of solid rocket motor propellant materials, insensitive munitions and detailed measurements of high speed, energetic events. Additionally, continuous detonation wave velocities were measured inside of large explosive charges greater than 200 millimeters in length.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8370, Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications IX, 83700L (4 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.915726
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Eric Udd, Columbia Gorge Research (United States)
Jerry Benterou, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8370:
Fiber Optic Sensors and Applications IX
Henry H. Du; Gary Pickrell; Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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