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Measuring in-situ MDF velocity of detonation

United States Patent

October 25, 2005
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A system for determining the velocity of detonation of a mild detonation fuse mounted on the surface of a device includes placing the device in a predetermined position with respect to an apparatus that carries a couple of sensors that sense the passage of a detonation wave at first and second spaced locations along the fuse. The sensors operate a timer and the time and distance between the locations is used to determine the velocity of detonation. The sensors are preferably electrical contacts that are held spaced from but close to the fuse such that expansion of the fuse caused by detonation causes the fuse to touch the contact, causing an electrical signal to actuate the timer.
Horine; Frank M. (Albuquerque, NM), James, Jr.; Forrest B. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
10/ 714,703
November 17, 2003
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 with Sandia Corporation.