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Modular initiator with integrated optical diagnostic

United States Patent

May 17, 2011
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A slapper detonator which integrally incorporates an optical wavequide structure for determining whether there has been degradation of the explosive in the explosive device that is to be initiated by the detonator. Embodiments of this invention take advantage of the barrel-like character of a typical slapper detonator design. The barrel assembly, being in direct contact with the energetic material, incorporates an optical diagnostic device into the barrel assembly whereby one can monitor the state of the explosive material. Such monitoring can be beneficial because the chemical degradation of the explosive plays an important in achieving proper functioning of a detonator/initiator device.
Alam; M. Kathleen (Cedar Crest, NM), Schmitt; Randal L. (Tijeras, NM), Welle; Eric J. (Niceville, FL), Madden; Sean P. (Arlington, MA)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 397,705
March 4, 2009
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 with Sandia Corporation.