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Jet Formation And Characterization Of A Conical Shaped Charge
Author(s): Jerome H. Stofleth; Rodney N. Owenby
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Paper Abstract

A Conical Shaped Charge (CSC) is an explosive assembly used as a single point penetrator in applications ranging from commercial to national defense. The formation, flight characteristics, and penetration effects of the CSC are of great importance to its users. Because of the extreme velocities of the shaped charge jet, high speed documentation was necessary to research CSC effects. By use of closure switches and initial velocity studies, framing and lighting information for the Cordin 114 Ultra High Speed camera was determined. After the initial data was gathered, it was determined that another source of documentation was necessary. A Hewlett Packard 150 kilovolt flash x-ray system was implemented, enabling more accurate velocity measurements and a better understanding of jet formation and the CSC during flight. Both techniques of documentation were invaluable in the characterization and research of the conical shaped charge.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 1988
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0832, High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics V, (4 February 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.942251
Show Author Affiliations
Jerome H. Stofleth, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)
Rodney N. Owenby, Sandia National Laboratories (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0832:
High Speed Photography, Videography, and Photonics V
Howard C. Johnson, Editor(s)

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