exploding bridge wire

exploding bridge wire

[ik¦splōd·iŋ ′brij ‚wīr]
(engineering)
An initiator or system in which a very high energy electrical impulse is passed through a bridge wire, literally exploding the bridge wire and releasing thermal and shock energy capable of initiating a relatively insensitive explosive in contact with the bridge wire.
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Currently, for example, it is assessing "Iran's stated need or application for the development of exploding bridge wire detonators," which can be used to set off the conventional explosives in a nuclear bomb.
Heinonen and his American handlers exploited the fact that Iran had publicly acknowledged redesigning the Shahab-3 missile and development of an exploding bridge wire (EBW).
After years of what the West saw as Iranian stonewalling, Iran as a first step in May gave the IAEA information it had requested about Tehran's reasons for developing exploding bridge wire detonators.
Exploding Bridge Wire (EBW) detonators can be used, among other things, to set off an atomic explosive device.
The Air Force Test Center, Installation Operational Contracting Division, Eglin AFB, Florida intends to solicit and award a firm-fixed price contract for RP-80 Detonators (300 ea), RP-83 Exploding Bridge Wire detonators (200ea) and RP-1 Exploding Bridge Wire detonators (100 ea).
"Iran has engaged with the Agency substantively, including in the clarification of issues related to the use of exploding bridge wire detonators," Amano said.
Some progress was made last year when Iran promised to clarify its use of Exploding Bridge Wire detonators, devices which could theoretically be used in an atomic bomb but which also have a range of other uses.
"As a step in this direction, we expect Iran to fulfill its commitment under the Framework by providing all information related to its work on Exploding Bridge Wire detonators the Agency needs to begin addressing the international community's concerns about Iran's program.
Tehran also gave explanations about the so-called exploding bridge wire detonators, the IAEA said.
Johnston invented the Exploding Bridge Wire Detonator, which enabled uniform timing of the detonating implosion at 32 points within 0.1 microseconds.
According to the IAEA report, Iran has provided additional clarification about its work on so-called exploding bridge wire detonators.
He said the IAEA and Iran are now discussing two issues: Tehran's alleged tests of high explosives that could be used to detonate a nuclear charge-called exploding bridge wire detonators--and claims that it modeled a nuclear warhead from uranium metal.