In recent years, the phenomena occurring during shock wave propagation in spatial structures have been studied to characterize more accurately and to minimize the effects of pyrotechnical sources. As part of a program managed by the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES, the French space agency), SNPE Matériaux Energétiques (SME) and MBDA France collaborated in a study to understand the mechanisms of shock wave propagation induced by the detonation of a linear pyrotechnical source. The focus of the study was on structures representative of space launcher structures such as those used for the Ariane 5 launcher. Various experiments were performed with metallic and composite plates, and two types of measurement devices (strain gauges and accelerometers) were investigated. Additional out-of-plane velocity and displacement measurements were provided by laser vibrometers, and displays of the separation of the plates were provided by a high-speed camera (up to 4800 feet/second). Signals treatment provided bending and compression strain describing plate mechanical responses. The apparatus used and the associated concerns that arose during the firings also are discussed.
Experimental Contribution to the Modeling of Shock Propagation Induced by a Linear Pyrotechnical Source
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Christelle Collet, Philippe Chabin, Henri Grzeskowiak; Experimental Contribution to the Modeling of Shock Propagation Induced by a Linear Pyrotechnical Source. Journal of the IEST 1 April 2008; 51 (1): 122–145. doi: https://doi.org/10.17764/jiet.51.1.axr1237j54476706
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