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Explosion Dynamics are Studied on a Tabletop

Posted October 27, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Researchers used to study explosions from the confines of large laboratories, where scientists fire a flat bullet into an explosive charge, all within a thick-walled chamber that contains the blast. Now, they have recreated the flat-plate impact in miniature on a tabletop. Highly sophisticated optical diagnostics show what is happening while the charge is exploding, down to a millionth of a second. The capability will help scientists understand and eliminate hot spot growth, which means safer explosives.


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