Detonation chambers (either mobile or fixed) are used worldwide for a wide range of applications. At present, a 1/7 scale model of a 1 ton detonation chamber is available for extended testing in Belgium. The chamber is a single wall cylindrical vessel with semielliptical ends. Each time an explosive charge is fired in the vessel, that vessel is submitted to a number of deformation cycles. A series of strain gauges measures the deformation of the vessel walls. Experimental peak strains and vibration frequency can be compared with predicted values based on simple formulas. Measured values are reasonably close to the estimated values. The influence of the shape of the charge is studied. The shape has an important influence on the chamber response. For a fixed charge mass, a spherical charge causes less deformation than a cylindrical charge and is therefore advantageous from a fatigue point of view.
Analysis of the Dynamic Response of a Controlled Detonation Chamber
Simoens, B., Lefebvre, M. H., Nickell, R. E., Minami, F., and Asahina, J. K. (July 14, 2011). "Analysis of the Dynamic Response of a Controlled Detonation Chamber." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. October 2011; 133(5): 051209. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4003469
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