Hugoniots of Colorado Oil Shale

  • W. J. Carter


In order to determine the dynamic response of oil shale to the large shock amplitudes experienced in the near-field region surrounding an explosive-filled borehole, we have measured the single-shock Hugoniots of Colorado oil shale as functions of kerogen content and orientation of the shock front to the bedding planes. This report is limited to shock wave behavior above 4 GPa, which is the lower range of in-contact explosive techniques. Behavior in the low-pressure, or far-field, region is presently being investigated, using different experimental techniques, and in general is considerably more complex.


Shock Wave Bedding Plane Interplane Spacing Alamos Scientific Laboratory Kerogen Content 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. Carter
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  1. 1.Los Alamos Scientific LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLos AlamosUSA

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