AN INVESTIGATION OF SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY FOR A 20MM RADHAZ SAFE PRIMER
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H. M. Stoller
AbstractThe M52 primer used in 20 MM ammunition presents a radiation hazard in the intense elctromagnetic environment encountered aboard Navy ships. Shields or attenuators are not feasible for small components such as the M52. Semiconductor technology for RF-resistant primer device applications is a promising innovation. An investigation will be conducted into relevant semiconductor technologies. Two design concepts, labeled semiconductor initiator (SCI) and semiconductor bridge (SCB), will be the probable focus of the investigation. Antenna coupling analysis, in-line RF resistance testing of primer devices, nondestructive testing, and temperature sensitivity will be employed as evaluation criteria. Ability to meet Navy specifications will be established. A Phase II development plan will be formulated. TPL is developing semiconductor primer devices for DOD applications. This proposed effort will be supported by consultants active in the development of semiconductor initiation technology. Experimental facilities exist to support the proposed program.
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