Design of a hypersonic waterjet apparatus driven by high explosives

Brandon L. Weeks, John Klosterman, Paul N. Worsey

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The design and construction of a hypersonic waterjet apparatus is described. Jet velocities from 0.5 to 5 km/s have been achieved using a high explosive charge. Images are obtained in situ on various target substrates using a high-speed framing camera. Experimental results are shown for the impact of high velocity waterjets on propellants and high explosive samples. By observing the impact of the waterjet at a wide range of velocities a safety threshold can be determined where no reaction takes place.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3482-3484
Number of pages3
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2001


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