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Title: Optically-energized, emp-resistant, fast-acting, explosion initiating device

Abstract

Optical energy, provided from a remote user-operated source, is utilized to initially electrically charge a capacitor in a circuit that also contains an explosion initiating transducer in contact with a small explosive train contained in an attachable housing. Additional optical energy is subsequently supplied in a preferred embodiment to an optically responsive phototransistor acting in conjunction with a silicon controlled rectifer to release the stored electrical energy through the explosion initiating transducer to set off the explosive train. All energy transfers between the user and the explosive apparatus, either for charging it up or for setting it off, are conveyed optically and may be accomplished in a single optical fiber with coding to distinguish between specific optical energy transfers and between these and any extraneous signals.

Inventors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Albuquerque, NM
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
AT&T
OSTI Identifier:
866393
Patent Number(s):
4700629
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F42 - AMMUNITION F42B - EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING, FIREWORKS, AMMUNITION
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-76DP00789
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
optically-energized; emp-resistant; fast-acting; explosion; initiating; device; optical; energy; provided; remote; user-operated; source; utilized; initially; electrically; charge; capacitor; circuit; contains; transducer; contact; explosive; train; contained; attachable; housing; additional; subsequently; supplied; preferred; embodiment; optically; responsive; phototransistor; acting; conjunction; silicon; controlled; rectifer; release; stored; electrical; set; transfers; user; apparatus; charging; setting; conveyed; accomplished; single; fiber; coding; distinguish; specific; extraneous; signals; energy transfer; electrical energy; preferred embodiment; optical fiber; optical energy; single optical; silicon controlled; explosive train; explosion initiating; single optic; /102/

Citation Formats

Benson, David A, and Kuswa, Glenn W. Optically-energized, emp-resistant, fast-acting, explosion initiating device. United States: N. p., 1987. Web.
Benson, David A, & Kuswa, Glenn W. Optically-energized, emp-resistant, fast-acting, explosion initiating device. United States.
Benson, David A, and Kuswa, Glenn W. Thu . "Optically-energized, emp-resistant, fast-acting, explosion initiating device". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/866393.
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title = {Optically-energized, emp-resistant, fast-acting, explosion initiating device},
author = {Benson, David A and Kuswa, Glenn W},
abstractNote = {Optical energy, provided from a remote user-operated source, is utilized to initially electrically charge a capacitor in a circuit that also contains an explosion initiating transducer in contact with a small explosive train contained in an attachable housing. Additional optical energy is subsequently supplied in a preferred embodiment to an optically responsive phototransistor acting in conjunction with a silicon controlled rectifer to release the stored electrical energy through the explosion initiating transducer to set off the explosive train. All energy transfers between the user and the explosive apparatus, either for charging it up or for setting it off, are conveyed optically and may be accomplished in a single optical fiber with coding to distinguish between specific optical energy transfers and between these and any extraneous signals.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1987},
month = {1}
}

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