The diameter effect in Bullseye powder

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Detonation velocity as a function of charge diameter is reported for Alliant Bullseye powder. Results are compared to those of mixtures of ammonium nitrate mixed with aluminum and ammonium nitrate mixed with fuel oil. Additionally, measurements of free surface velocity of flyers in contact with detonating Bullseye are presented and results are compared to those of hydrocode calculations using a Jones–Wilkins–Lee equation of state generated in a thermochemical code. Comparison to the experimental results shows that both the free surface and terminal velocities were under-predicted.

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Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-mission laboratory managed and operated by National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-NA0003525. This paper describes objective technical results and analysis. Any subjective views or opinions that might be expressed in the paper do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Energy or the United States Government.

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Miner, T., Dalton, D., Romero, D. et al. The diameter effect in Bullseye powder. Shock Waves 30, 41–47 (2020).

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