This paper provides results from an experimental study performed to evaluate the use of homogeneous and granulated explosive mixture concepts for creating spherical aerosol clouds. In the explosive mixture concept, a small mass of explosive is added to a larger mass of fine inert particulate, and the blend is hand-tamped into a confining cylindrical or spherical structure thereby creating a bed of explosive mixture. The mixture proportions are selected such that the mixture is able to sustain a reaction, be it a detonation or deflagration, throughout the bed. This approach generates gas for aerosol dispersal throughout the bed rather than from the center of the bed (as from a center-driven concept device). As such, a uniformly dispersed aerosol, rather than a thin shell of aerosol, would be expected to be dispersed. The two mixture concepts considered in this work differed only in the assembly and blending of the inert and explosive. Of interest in this work was the evaluation of the explosive mixture concepts relative to providing uniform spherical clouds of fine oxide aerosols of characteristic dimension less than 10 microns. Programmatic constraints dictated that the mass and quantity of extraneous materials such as the external structure and other peripherals associated with initiation also be minimized. Experiments were conducted in air with spherical devices ranging in size from 3 to 15 in. in diameter and with cylindrical and conical shotgun devices of length 4 to 7 inches. The latter test were performed to assess reaction sustainability for different explosive mixture ratios. Trends obtained from the studies as well as an assessment of the explosive mixture dispersal concept are included.
Presented at the 15th International Pyrotechnics Seminar
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