FAST-RISE HIGH PRESSURE GAUGE FOR LONG-DURATION NUCLEAR AIRBLAST

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Amount:
$525,868.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
12633
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Ktech Corp.
901 Pennsylvania Ave Ne, Albuquerque, NM, 87110
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Edward S Gaffney
(505) 268-3379
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
KTECH PROPOSES TO DEVELOP OPTICAL HOPKINSON BAR PRESSURE GAUGES FOR MEASUREMENT OF AIRBLAST ON UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR EVENTS. THE BARS WILL BE MADE OF SINGLE CRYSTAL SAPPHIRE WHICH HAS A MEASURED YIELD STRENGTH IN EXCESS OF 10 GPA. THESE GAUGES WILL HAVE A RISE TIME OF ABOUT 2 US OF DATA. DURING PHASE I, WE WILL CONSTRUCT AND CALIBRATE A STRESS-INDUCED BIREFRINGENCE GAUGE (SIBG) WHICH WOULD NEED NO ELECTRICAL CONDUCTORS IN OR NEAR THE CAVITY, RESULTING IN AN EMP-PROOF GAUGE. IN PHASE II, WE WOULD VALIDATE THE GAUGE WITH ABOVE GROUND TESTS AND FLASE X-RAY AND E-BEAM MACHINES ON HE EVENTS, AS DISTANT IMAGE. A FULL NUCLEAR AIRBLAST APPLICATION WOULD OCCUR ON DIAMOND FORTUNE AS PHASE II. THIS RESEARCH IS INNOVATIVE IN THAT WE WILL DEVELOP INSTRUMENTATION FOR MEASUREMENT OF AIRBLAST IN UNDERGROUND CAVITY HEIGHT-OF-BURST EVENTS. UNLIKE OTHER INSTRUMENTATION, THE OPTICAL HOPKINSON BAR WILL BE IMMUNE TO UPSET BY SOURCE REGION ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE.

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