Keywords

Shock tubes, Shock waves

Abstract

An explosive driven, water filled, conical shock tube was designed and evaluated regarding its ability to amplify a charge weight and to produce hydrodynamic spherical shock waves. The results show that the shock waves in the tube are essentially spherical in nature--with an initial exponential shape, peak pressure attenuation as (1/R)1.13 and the time constant spreading roughly as (R).22. The charge weight was amplified by a factor of 3600 compared to a theoretical amplification of 7770. An estimate of the energy absorbed by the breach plug (which houses the charge) during an explosion was performed. The peak pressure data taken from the detonation of number 8 strength blasting caps were seen to satisfy the semiempirical scaling law. However, with the addition of plastic explosive to the blasting cap, peak pressure lower than that predicted by the scaling law was observed. At this time it is felt that a decreasing amplification factor with charge weight is the cause for the lower than predicted peak pressure. More data are needed to verify this hypothesis.

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Graduation Date

1980

Advisor

Nuckolls, Charles E.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Degree Program

Engineering

Format

PDF

Pages

viii, 82 pages

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0013286

Subjects

Shock tubes, Shock waves

Collection (Linked data)

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Included in

Engineering Commons

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