Numerical study of detonation transfer from embedded explosives

Alberto M. Hernández, D. Scott Stewart

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We describe our development of a robust multi-material reactive flow solver that we will use to numerically investigate the reaction mechanism of different explosive materials. A simplified model problem, which uses an ideal equation of state and an Arrhenius rate law whose parameters where chosen to mock up a condensed phase explosive, was devised to validate our current solver base. Our target application will consist of varying the radius of a PETN stick which is embedded in a cylindrical puck of PBX-9502 and determining how effectively the detonation transfers to a larger puck of PBX-9502 surrounded by air. The Wide Ranging equation of state and two Ignition and Growth models are used to describe the reactive mechanism for each explosive. The reactive flow solver framework uses level sets to track the interface boundaries between the different materials and the Ghost fluid method with a density extension to enforce boundary conditions across these interfaces. We use a semi-discrete approach to solve the governing equations, where the spatial operator is discretized with Lax-Friedrich flux splitting and a fifth order WENO scheme, while a third order TVD Runge-kutta scheme is used to advance in time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationShock Compression of Condensed Matter - 2017
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter
EditorsMarcus D. Knudson, Eric N. Brown, Ricky Chau, Timothy C. Germann, J. Matthew D. Lane, Jon H. Eggert
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735416932
StatePublished - Jul 3 2018
Event20th Biennial American Physical Society Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2017 - St. Louis, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2017Jul 14 2017

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other20th Biennial American Physical Society Conference on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, SCCM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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