Investigation on the influence of the initial RDX crystal size on the performance of shaped charge warheads
CITATION: Majiet, F. & Mostert, F. J. 2019. Investigation on the influence of the initial RDX crystal size on the performance of shaped charge warheads. Defence Technology, 15:802-807, doi:10.1016/j.dt.2019.07.008.
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Copper lined wave shaped shaped charges of particular design and liner metallurgy were used to investigate the effect of explosive crystal size on the resultant shaped charge jet parameters. Composition A3 with RDX of three different average crystal sizes, i.e. 30 μm, 100 μm and 300 μm were used in the investigation. All other parameters in the charge were kept constant and in particular, care was given to obtain consistent dimensional quality and liner microstructure, in order to prohibit the variation of other parameters. Specific flash-X-ray diagnostics were used in field tests to obtain the jet parameters from multiple firings of similar charges. It is found that the varying crystal size of the RDX has a marginal influence in the total jet length of the jets. However, it is also found that there is less variation between firings in the jet parameters for jets from the charges loaded with the crystal size of 100 μm.
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