Modeling Hydrodynamic Behaviors in Detonation

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  • 240 I'ropellant5. Explosires. 'kiotechnlcs 16. 210-244 (1991)

    Modeling Hydrodynamic Behaviors in Detonation

    P. K. 'rang

    Applied Theoretical Physics Division. Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos, NM 87 545 (USA)

    Modellierung des hydrodynamischen Verhaltens der Detonation Ein niehrstufiges Reaktionsmodell. das entwickelt wurdc zur

    allgeineinen Anwendung von der Ziindung tiis f u r Detonation bei heterogeneo brisanten Sprengstoffen. wird eingesctrl speziell /u r Sirnulierung der Grenztl2chengeschwindigkcit und dcr StoBplat- tcnexpcrirnente bei der Detonation von trianiinotrinitrobenzolhal- tigen Sprengstoffen. Einc Vereinfachung de\ Kombinalionsmod- ells fuhrt ZLI Geschwindigkcitsrclaticlnen. die nur zwei dominante Stufen umfassen: eine schncllc Rclation, die den Hauptanteil der Reaktionen darstellt und durch Ausbreitung und Zcrset/ung bestimmt ist. und eine langsanie. die wahrschcinlich dic Bildung grol3er Kohlenstoffmolekule widerspiegelt. Das schcinbar hohcr cnergetische Verhalten der Zustandsgleichung nahe der Detona- tionsfront ist tatsichlich auf den langsamen ReaktionsprozeB zuriickzufuhren.

    Modelisation du cnmportement hydrodynamique de la dbtona- tion

    Un moddc de reaction en plusieurs phases. mis au point pour une application generalc allant dc I'amorpge h la detonation d'explo%ifs hkterogenes delicats. cst utilisk specialement pour siinuler la vitcsse interfaciale et les experiences avcc plaques de choc lors de la detonation d'explosifs 3 base de triamino- trinitrobenzol. Une simplification d u modble de combinaison conduit 5 des i-elations dc ITitesses q i i i n'englobent que deux phases dominantes: unc relation rapide qui constitue I'essentiel des reactions et est determinee par la propagation ct la dkcompositiori. ct unc phase lente. qui reflkte vraisemblablement la formation de gl-andes molecules dc carbone. Le comporteinent energktique apparemment plus eleve de I'Cquation d'etat au voisinage du front de detonalion est effectivement dd au processus de reaction l en t .


    A multistagc reaction model developcd for general use from initiation through detonation of heterogeneous high explosivcs is used to specifically siniulate the interface velocinietry and plate push experiments of a triamino-trinitrobenzene-based explosive in detonation. A simplification of the unified model leads to a rate relation that includcs only two dominant stages: a fast one that represents the major portion of reaction dictated by propagation and decomposition. and a slow one that reflects probably the formation of large carbon molecules.The apparent more energetic behavior of the equation of state near the detonation front is actually due to the slow reaction process.

    1. Introduction

    I t is known that in simulating the cylinder tests, the initial motion of the metal tube is very sensitive to the Chapman- Jouguet (CJ) pressure used for calculation('); and also that thc equation of state (EOS) based on the cylinder test cannot be applied to another system in general. The problem can be demonstrated by the inability o f the same EOS to predict plate push experiments, noticeably the early motion behavior(2). This dilemma leads many to believe that the EOS depends on system geometry, thus forcing researchers to "normalize" the EOS to fit the empirical result instead of making predictions. The difficul- t ywe believe, is not entirely from the EOS, but rather from the simplification we make of the reaction process in detonation, namely, the usual assumption of very fast reaction.

    I t has been observed that some explosives exhibit nonideal or nonsteady dctonation behavior, showing increasing effective CJ pressure with respect lo increasing HE charge length, contrary to the simple detonation theory with unique CJ pressure("-'). This condition arises from the presence of an extended reaction zone, the consequence o f a slow reaction (or dclaycd energy release) found in some HE. The presence of a long time scale in reaction renders more intimate interaction between reaction and hydrody-

    namics, and therefore, the effect of detonation seems more sensitive to the system configuration. This sensitivity to local hydrodynamic conditions explains why we have to manipulate the EOS for different applications when we use programmed burn in which the reaction rate is infinite.The subject of nonideal detonation, however. remains contro- versial(h), but with more recent and better experimental evidence. we d o believe in the existence of the phenome- non. For some HE, the origin of the slow reaction process is believed to be caused by solid carbon coagulation(7). In the presence o f a slow process following a fast one, the apparent CJ pressure reflects the condition of the partially reacted (although almost completed) statc of the explosives rather than the final product. This paper concerns the significance of the slow reaction in contributing to the overall hydrodynamic effect in detonation as demonstrated in two types o f experiments and related simulations, without invoking the detailed chemical compositions or kinetics.

    2. Reaction Model

    We summarize a unified reaction model(8.") in this section. This model consists of three rate equations that govern the energy release in the hot spot. the bulk reaction, and the slow reaction that are assumed to be present in the initiation and detonation of heterogeneous HE. Each of these reactions is characterized by a process time for that particular stage.

    The total reaction (or product) fraction A is given by

    5, = q h h + (1 - 11 - q)& + 41k, (1) where q is the hot-spot mass fraction and VJ the slow process mass fraction; both are constants. The hot-spot reaction fraction hl, is determined by

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    TI, is the hot-spot process time and is related to thc shock state. the current state, and the chemical kinetic paramet- ers of the HE!",. The bulk reaction ELb is initially controlled by the energy transfer between the hot-spot products and the reniaining reactants: its rate is

    Modeling Hydrodynamic Behaviors in Dctonat ion 23 1

    In Eq. ( 3 ) , fo is the threshold condition that the hot-spot reaction fraction h h must exceed in order to support bulk reaction. The bulk process time T,, can be written as

    which defines a relationship hetween Th and an energy transfer time tc; 5 , is a monotonic decreasing function of pressure("). After the hot spot burn is completed, h h = 1. Eq. (3) has the form of first-order reaction. From then on. the reaction may not he controlled by the energy transfer process; in fact, we find that it is necessary to weaken the dependence of the reaction time on pressure("') and to force ~h having a lower limit. 'Therefore, the following trcatmcnt is proposed:

    Tb - maX(Tc, T ' h ) ( 5 )

    where T, is a constant repretenting the controlling procew, most likely a condition of chemical reaction. Finally, the rate of the slow process is

    where T, is the slow process tinie.The slow process time T, is taken as a constant sincc it is thought to be insensitive t o the thermodynamic state.

    For detonation. the hot-spot process can be considered instantaneous. In this case. the rate equations become simpler and the process contains essentially two stages:



    11 + (1 - ?I - I$) A,, + ,$A, (7)


    Tn the current work to look for the detonation behavior only, Eqs. (7): (S), and (9) are actuallyused in modeling the experiments presented in the next two sections. Also.we do not assume constant ~b because of the rapid change of pressure in the reaction zone; t h e decreasing value o f pressure results in some increase of TI, through T~ as seen in Eq. (5). It should be remembered that the original rate equations are more useful in system applications because they encompass the full range of processes from initiation to detonation. Earlier modeling work on interface veloci- rnetry and plate push used the complete rate equa- tions(' 1.12).

    3. Modeling Interface Velocity Experiments

    Direct experiments technique with high precision is not yet available to investigate the detonation behavior interior of the HE charge without some degree of interference. We use alternatives such as interface vclocity record to infer the reaction process. Experiments werc performed using a Fabry-Pcrot interferometer to measure interface velocity between explosive and transparent window(l3,.The sy tcms were driven with a plane-wave lens, 25 mm of Cornposi- tion R, and a layer of 10-mm aluminum. Figure l(a) shows the setup. Increasing interface velocity histories with increasing explosive charge lengths were observed for triamino-trinitrobenzene(TATl3)-based explosives. indi- cating nonsteady detonation. The result of such experi- ments forms the basis of an earlier modeling work, suggesting the existence of a slow process near the end of reaction in detonation("). The simulations of these carly experiments were given in Ref. 9. I n the calculations. cases with arid without slow processes are presented, but the simulations with s l o w processes match the cxpcriments much better in general except that the calculations show sharper peak at the detonation front. The peaks actually correspond to the von Neumann spikes that have been detected in separatc experiments for cyclotetramethylene tetranitramine(HMX)-based explosives(lJ) and in HMX- and TATB-based cxplosives(I5). The von Neumann spikes are difficult to calculate accurately using finite difference scheme and artificial viscosity to handle the shock condi- tion. Nevertheless, their existence is observed; the lack of such evidence in the early cxpcrimcnts given in Ref. 13 is due mainly to the insufficient resolution. In fact, this currcnt model has been used to match the TATB-based interface velocity experiment('i).

    Recent improved experimental technique includes the use of a dual-leg Fabry-Perot velocimeter and a submicron vapor-coated aluminum surface. The experimental and some computational results have been reported(I2). In addition to the driving system described earlier, we also used a system that launched a thin stainless steel flyer with thickness of 0.13 mrn backed by a 10-mm thick polymethyl- methacrylate (PMMA).The HE portion consisted of a P-40 lens and a 25-mm Baratol. The tlyer velocity was estimated at 2.78 mm/Lis and could promptly initiate the explosives. The schematic of the system is shown in Fig. l(b).

    In all the calculations. we use q~ = 0.15, T, T 75 ns and T, = 5 ns. LJsing two different driving systems labeled as "sustained" and "short shock", the experimental results and



    Cornp B Baratol

    i L

    (4 (b) Sustained Short

    Shock Shock

    Figure 1. Interface velocimetry experiment schcmatics.

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    calculations are presented in Figs. 2,3, and 4 for PBX 9502 (95% TATB, 5% chlorotrifluoroethylene/vinylidine fluo- ride copolymer (Kel-F 800)); with HE charge lengths o f 13 mm, 25 mm, and 50 mm, respectively. In the above experiments and simulations, window material is PMMA. The markers are from experiments, and the curves are from calculations. Numbers associated with the markers are the shot numbers. Since the equation of state used is based on the equilibrium condition near the CJ point(16), its validity is questionable for the pressure much higher or lower than the CJ value. In the case of PMMA window, we do not anticipate good result because PMMA cannot support high pressure value, particularly for short HE charge length and short shock case. Using lithium fluoride (LiF) window, results are shown in Figs. 5 , 6, and 7 for PBX 9502; the charge lengths are again 13 mm: 25 mm, and 50 mm. The simulations match the experiments much better for the reason just stated, even for short duration pulse.



    2 -

    (- 8 307

    1 5 - 0 8-334 sustained

    short hoc k --- -' 1 -0 25 0 00 0 25 0 50 (

    TIME [PSI -

    - a 309 sustairied

    3 8-315

    --0 25 0 00 0 25 0 50 0 75 TIME [,US] -

    Figure 4. Interface velocities between PBX 9502 and PMMA window, 50-mm charge length.

    I 3 8-306 sus tairied I 0 8-&3 Zhort. shock, 1 ---

    -0 25 0 00 0.25 0.50 0.75 TIME [ws]- Figure 2. Interface velocities between PBX 9502 and PMMA window. 13-mm charge length.

    2 8-.308

    8-3:35 sustained

    --- Short _shock

    -0 25 0 00 0 25 0 50 ( TIME [pus] -

    Figure 5. Interface velocities between PBX 9502 and LiF window. 13-mm charge length.

    0 8-305 sustained

    u 8 372 --- Zhor t shock,

    I I

    0 0 25 0 50 0 75 TIME [ p ~ ] -

    Figure 3. lnterface velocities between PRX 9502 and PMMA window, 25-mm charge length.

    Figure 6. Interface velocities between PBX 9502 and 1,iF window, 25-mm charge length.

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    1 5 -

    1 -


    Planewave Lens -/

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    0 8-262

    c 8-256 50 mm

    13 mm -____--

    I ? -1 I

    0 25 0 00 0 25 0 50 0 75 -0.25 0 0.25 0.50 0.75 1 TIME [PSI- TIME [ p ~ ] -

    Figure 7. Interface velocities between PBX 9502 and LiF window. Figure 9. Surface velocities. 13-llini and 50-mm PRX 9502 pushing v 50-mm charge length. aluminum plates

    4. Modeling Plate Push Experiments

    The second set of experiments is plate push, using similar experimental setup as in the sustained shock interface experiment. except that the aluminum shim and the transparent window are replaced by a metal plate. The schematic is shown in Fig. 8. The metal surface velocity is measured and also calculated using identical parameters as in the intcrface velocity simulation. Figure 9 shows the results of 13-mm and 50-mm PBX 9502 pushing 0.5-mm aluminum plates. The higher initial velocity jump asso- ciated with thc longer charge is a n indication of a higher effective CJ pressure. Here we see a slight overestimate of the surface velocity in later time. The reason is again the product EOS. and the thin aluminum plate cannot hold up

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    u 8-297

    0 8-295 50 mni

    1 3 mm

    the pressure for long after a couplc o f reverberations. I t should be noted that the performance of HE in the pressure range o f a few tens of kilobars is quite important because of the long duration involved in many situations. The calcula- tions of 13-mm and 50-mm PRX 9502 pushing 0.56-mm and 0.46-mm tantalum platcs respectively duplicate the exper- iments much better even at late time, as shown in Fig. 10. Since tantalum has much higher impedance than aluminum and can maintain the high level of pressure longer, the

    -1 0.25 0.50 0.75 -0.25 0 TIMF: [PSI -

    figure 10. Srlrfacc vclocitics, 13-mm and 50-mm PBX 4502 push- ing tantalum platcs.

    predicted behavior of the EOS is expected to be more accurate, justifying the contention we have made earlier about thealuminum plate result.

    5. Detonation Reaction Zone

    Figure 11 shows the reaction history...