Research on the effect of the charge diameter on the slow cook-off performance of HMX base explosive

Yang Jian1 , Jin Penggang2 , Li Hongbin3 , Ren Songtao4

1, 2, 3, 4Xi’an Institute of Modern Chemistry, Xi’an, China

2Corresponding author

Vibroengineering PROCEDIA, Vol. 38, 2021, p. 85-89. https://doi.org/10.21595/vp.2021.22049
Received 12 May 2021; received in revised form 28 May 2021; accepted 5 June 2021; published 28 June 2021

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Abstract.

In order to study the effect of the charge diameter on the slow cook-off (SCO) performance of HMX (cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine) based explosives, a typical cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine based explosive was used as the research object, and the effect of the different charge diameters on the slow cook-off performance was studied. The research results show that: the charge diameter has no significant effect on the response level of the cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine based explosives. The reaction time and ambient temperature increase with the increase of the charge diameter, and the center temperature decreases with the increase of the charge diameter. The ambient temperature and the center temperature change regularly with the increase of the charge diameter.

Keywords: charge diameter, cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine based explosives, slow cook-off.

1. Introduction

After the concept of low vulnerabilityammunition (LOVA) was proposed in 1973, its related research has been highly followed with interest by countries all over the world and has become an important theme of international conferences [1-4]. Therefore, the United States has formulated the MIL-STD-2105D standard for assessment hazard of non-nuclear munitions, which includes fast cook-off/FCO test and slow cook-off test/SCO. Slow cook-off test is used to evaluate the heat sensitivity and the severity of the reaction of explosives and other energetic materials under slowness heating conditions. It is mainly designed for unexpected thermal stimuli in the manufacturing, storage, transportation and application environments. Sehoites J. H. G studied the HTPB/AP, PPG/AP/AN propellant's burning test [5]. Kondrikov B. N. studied three kinds of cook-off test devices and related test procedures [6]. Wang Xiao-feng etc. studied cook-off test methods and cook-off results of booster explosives [7]. Feng Chang-gen took the RDX explosives as the research object, studied the cook-off experiments and the numerical simulations, and reached a conclusion consistent with the thermal explosion theory [8]. Yang Li-xia et al. established a fast cook-off equipment and slow cook-off equipment, and studied the vulnerability response performance and influencing factors with typical propellant as the object [9]. However, the studies are focused on the small charges’ diameter, which cannot fully reflect the slow cook-off performance of explosives under the condition of large charge. The effect of the charge diameter on the slow cook-off performance of explosives, especially the effect on the cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine base explosives is rarely reported. Therefore, the systematic study of the effect of the charge diameter on the slow cook-off response temperature and response level of cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine based explosives is useful for predicting the thermal safety of the cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine based explosive.

2. Test device and test method

2.1. Test device

The test device is a self-developed slow cook-off system, which is mainly composed of a heating jacket, a temperature control box, a control computer, temperature sensors, and thermal insulation materials. It can measure 4 temperature data at the same time, and the maximum mass of simple can reach 20 kilograms, as shown in Fig. 1. The heating jacket is customized according to the sample size, and the heating power is adjustable from 400 to 4000W. The temperature control box is composed of temperature control instruments, display instruments and power adjustment modules. According to needs, the control computer sets different PID parameters to control the heating speed, temperature control accuracy can reach ±0.2℃/min. the control computer can set and control the heating process of the temperature controller, record the temperature-time curve of the experiment, and draw the temperature-time curve. The environment during the temperature sensors measurement experiment and the temperature of the center of the sample, the accuracy grade is level one. The insulation material is wrapped on the outer surface of the test tube to reduce the heat loss during the test.

The test tube is made of 45# steel, as shown in Fig. 2. The wall thickness of the test tube is 4 mm, and the internal dimensions are respectively φ20×80, φ60×240, φ97.5×400, φ148×600. Both ends are sealed with threaded end caps of the same thickness, and one end cap has φ2 through holes in the center to install temperature sensor.

Fig. 1. Layout of slow cook-off device

Layout of slow cook-off device

Fig. 2. Schematic diagram of test tube

Schematic diagram of test tube

2.2. Test methods and test conditions

A typical cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine based bonded explosive (HMX: binder = 95:5) was pressed into φ20×20, φ60×60, φ97.5×100, and φ148×100 column, with a density of 1.73 g /cm3. Load the columns into the φ20×80, φ60×240, φ97.5×400, φ148×600 test tubes; a thermocouple is fixed at the center of the outer wall of the tube to measure the temperature at the center of the outer wall of the tube (referred as ambient temperature), another thermocouple is fixed in the center of the charge to measure the temperature at the center of the charge (referred as center temperature). The holes on the end caps are sealed with high temperature resistant sealant and the test tube are insulated and keep warm. As shown in Fig. 1. Prepare two samples of the same charge diameter for parallel experiment.

Hang the processed sample on a special steel support, and place a galvanized iron sheet as a witness board in the three directions around the sample and 1m away from the sample. Install video surveillance in the direction where the witness board is not placed, as shown in Fig. 3; during the test, the sample is heated at a heating rate of 1 ℃/min, and stop heating until the sample reacts or the temperature reaches 400 ℃, and use the computer to track and record temperatures of the center of the outer wall of the tube and the center of the charge; the hard disk video recorder is used to shoot the response of the samples. The response level is measured according to the deformation and fragments of the tube and witness plates. The typical temperature-time curve of the slow cook-off test is shown in Fig. 4 and Fig. 5.

Fig. 3. Layout of Slow cook-off test

 Layout of Slow cook-off test
 Layout of Slow cook-off test

Fig. 4. Ambient temperature-time curve of SCO test

Ambient temperature-time curve of SCO test

Fig. 5. Center temperature-time Curve of SCO test

Center temperature-time Curve of SCO test

3. Results and discussion

3.1. Test results

Fit the temperature of the ambient temperature-time data collected by the computer using the least square method to obtain the heating rate during the test of different charge diameter samples, which is used to calibrate the heating rate during the test. As shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Fitting parameters of heating rate

Charge diameter (mm)
Heating rate of fitting (℃·min-1)
20
0.99
60
1.01
97.5
0.98
148
1.00

The results from the Table 1 show that the heating rate is controlled within 1±0.02 ℃/min during the test, and the heating rate during the test is stable and reliable.

The ambient temperature, the center temperature, and the reaction time of the different charge diameter samples are obtained by processing the temperature-time data obtained from the test. The response level is obtained by analyzing the state of the witness board and the test tube which are obtained from the test site after the reaction. The test status and results are shown in Table 2.

Fit the ambient temperature-charge diameter, center temperature-charge diameter when samples with different charge diameters react, and obtain the temperature change curve with charge diameter and the respective fitting curve and function relationship, as shown in Fig. 6.

Table 2. The results of the slow cook-off test of different diameter samples (start timing when the ambient temperature reaches 20 °C)

Charge diameter (mm)
Ambient temperature (℃)
Core temperature (℃)
Reaction time (min)
Response level
20
230.6
228.4
212.2
Detonation
60
238.4
180.1
217.1
Detonation
97.5
254.2
155.7
239.7
Detonation
148
297.4
115.9
248.5
Detonation

Fig. 6. Temperature-diameter curve and its fitting curve

Temperature-diameter curve and its fitting curve

3.2. The effect of charge diameter on response level

The American MIL-STD-2105D standard divides the results of the slow cook-off test into 5 levels: Type I is detonation reaction; Type II is partial detonation reaction; Type III is explosive reaction; Type IV is deflagration reaction; Type V is combustion reaction. At present, the severity of the reaction cannot be determined quantitatively. It can only be qualitatively evaluated by the deformation and rupture of the tube and the state of the witness plate. The states of the stent, test tube fragments and the witness plate collected after the reaction are analyzed, the different charge diameter samples are all type I detonation reactions, and the charge diameter has no significant effect on the response level of the reaction.

3.3. The effect of the charge diameter on the ambient temperature and core temperature during the reaction

From Table 2 and Fig. 6, it can be found that as the diameter of the charge increases, the ambient temperature when the reaction of the sample increases regularly, on the contrary the center temperature decreases regularly. The process of transferring heat from the outer surface of the sample metal tube to the inner surface and then to the sample and the center of the sample is mainly conducted by heat conduction. According to the theory of heat transfer, the heat transfer per unit time is inversely proportional to the thickness [10]. As the diameter of the charge increases, the longer it takes for the heat to be transferred from the surface of the tube to the center of the charge, so when the reaction occurs, the center temperature gradually decreases. Since the slow cook-off sample is heated at a constant heating rate, the ambient temperature when the sample reacts increases with the increase of the charge diameter. From Fig. 6, it can be found that the ambient temperature and center temperature change regularly with the charge diameter. The fitted function relationship of the ambient temperature and the center temperature with charge diameter are shown in Fig. 6. The fitted curve is in good agreement with the test curve.

4. Conclusions

The slow cook-off test of cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine based explosives with different charge diameters was carried out using the self-developed test device, and the slow cook-off performance of cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine based explosives was obtained. The following conclusions are obtained by analyzing the results of the slow cook-off test:

1) The charge diameter has no significant effect on the response level of the slow cook-off of cyclotetramerthylenetetranitramine based explosives.

2) The ambient temperature and center temperature change regularly with the increase of the charge diameter.

3) The change of the ambient temperature and center temperature with the charge diameter conforms to the quadratic polynomial law, and the fitted curve is in good agreement with the test curve.

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