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New material's capability to increase weapons' explosive force demonstrated at Navy test range
Date:12/6/2011

with current warhead designs, thereby maintaining the same probability of a successful target strike.

"This approach may translate to less ordnance and ultimately fewer sorties to get the same result," said Jouet.

NSWC IHD's Reactive Materials Team has gradually scaled up its HDRM tests to gather measurable data on the materials destructive characteristics.

"Initially, small cylinder casings were tested to help us refine the design," said Bedford. "We used that data to fine-tune the parameters which were used to scale the charge in the later test demonstrations like the test conducted today."

NSWC Dahlgren engineers worked carefully with device characteristics provided by their NSWC Indian Head counterparts and with target characteristics to design a complex test arena at NSWC Dahlgren's Explosive Experimental Area.

"Rather than dynamically flying the HDRM ordnance device at a single target, we set up several tactically relevant targets," said Jeb Brough, NSWC Dahlgren technical and programmatic lead for Reactive Materials. "We inspected damage to the targets and collected performance data that will be applied to effectiveness models for specific weapons."

Test instrumentation captured critical data and NSWC Dahlgren lethality engineers are currently assessing the target damage to judge the effects of the unique HDRM device.

"Although the arena is extremely complex, it is a cost effective method of evaluating the new material's capability and potential," said Brough. "With this data, the Office of Naval Research can evaluate the best potential for further development related to a specific weapon system."


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Contact: Eddie Riley
eddie.riley@navy.mil
703-696-5031
Office of Naval Research
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