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Title: Analysis of xRAGE and flag high explosive burn models with PBX 9404 cylinder tests

Abstract

High explosives are energetic materials that release their chemical energy in a short interval of time. They are able to generate extreme heat and pressure by a shock driven chemical decomposition reaction, which makes them valuable tools that must be understood. This study investigated the accuracy and performance of two Los Alamos National Laboratory hydrodynamic codes, which are used to determine the behavior of explosives within a variety of systems: xRAGE which utilizes an Eulerian mesh, and FLAG with utilizes a Lagrangian mesh. Various programmed and reactive burn models within both codes were tested using a copper cylinder expansion test. The test was based on a recent experimental setup which contained the plastic bonded explosive PBX 9404. Detonation velocity versus time curves for this explosive were obtained using Photon Doppler Velocimetry (PDV). The modeled results from each of the burn models tested were then compared to one another and to the experimental results. This study validate

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1296691
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-16-26076
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; xRAGE; FLAG; cylinder test; Gurney Velocity

Citation Formats

Harrier, Danielle, and Andersen, Kyle Richard. Analysis of xRAGE and flag high explosive burn models with PBX 9404 cylinder tests. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.2172/1296691.
Harrier, Danielle, & Andersen, Kyle Richard. Analysis of xRAGE and flag high explosive burn models with PBX 9404 cylinder tests. United States. doi:10.2172/1296691.
Harrier, Danielle, and Andersen, Kyle Richard. Fri . "Analysis of xRAGE and flag high explosive burn models with PBX 9404 cylinder tests". United States. doi:10.2172/1296691. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1296691.
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title = {Analysis of xRAGE and flag high explosive burn models with PBX 9404 cylinder tests},
author = {Harrier, Danielle and Andersen, Kyle Richard},
abstractNote = {High explosives are energetic materials that release their chemical energy in a short interval of time. They are able to generate extreme heat and pressure by a shock driven chemical decomposition reaction, which makes them valuable tools that must be understood. This study investigated the accuracy and performance of two Los Alamos National Laboratory hydrodynamic codes, which are used to determine the behavior of explosives within a variety of systems: xRAGE which utilizes an Eulerian mesh, and FLAG with utilizes a Lagrangian mesh. Various programmed and reactive burn models within both codes were tested using a copper cylinder expansion test. The test was based on a recent experimental setup which contained the plastic bonded explosive PBX 9404. Detonation velocity versus time curves for this explosive were obtained using Photon Doppler Velocimetry (PDV). The modeled results from each of the burn models tested were then compared to one another and to the experimental results. This study validate},
doi = {10.2172/1296691},
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number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Aug 05 00:00:00 EDT 2016},
month = {Fri Aug 05 00:00:00 EDT 2016}
}

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