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Title: PBX 9502 Stockpile-Returned Hemi Tension Directionality Study

This work is a continuation of work started in FY12 to evaluate whether the coring direction in PBX 9502 main charges affects the mechanical properties data. In FY13 we performed the compression and thermal expansion portions of the testing.1 In FY14 we have performed the quasi-static tension and compressive creep parts of the study. This paper focuses on the tensile results while a companion paper details the compressive creep results.2 In an effort to obtain mechanical properties samples that would better characterize the density distribution within a main charge and, to a lesser extent, to more thoroughly describe the mechanical behavior of material that has been in the field for long period of time, the LLNL PBX 9502 Core Surveillance coring pattern had been changed between cycles 29 and 30. Where the orientation of the tensile and compression samples tested in surveillance prior to cycle 30 had been cored in the tangential direction, the new coring diagram has both the tension and compression samples being oriented in the hoop direction. Prior to this study, the authors were not aware of any work that systematically demonstrated the effect on tensile properties of samples cored in these distinct directions. The results frommore » this study will inform us of if and how we should trend the data taken before and after the coring pattern change.« less
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  1. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
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