sympathetic detonation


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sympathetic detonation

[‚sim·pə′thed·ik ‚det·ən′ā·shən]
(engineering)
Explosion caused by the transmission of a detonation wave through any medium from another explosion.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A sympathetic detonation test involves several munitions that have been placed in their packaged configuration and stacked close together as they would be for transport or storage.
The simplified model and flyer plate test have proven to be a very effective way of understanding and obtaining real solutions for the very complicated problem of sympathetic detonation between stored munitions.
These accidental initiation and mass reactions of armament are known as "sympathetic detonations." Since the mid-1960s, such occurences have cost hundreds of American lives and nearly $1 billion in structural damage.
To safeguard ammunition from the threat of sympathetic detonations, the U.S.
A plot of the data from an explosive--designated AFX-644--was developed for use inm a 500-pound bomb (AFX-644 is an explosive developed specifically to prevent sympathetic detonations).
This series of tests includes fragment impact, bullet impact, fast cook-off, slow cook-off, shape-charge jet impact, and sympathetic detonation.
"The destruction of the factory was manifested by sympathetic detonations of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) when the rockets were fired," he said.