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Simulating the blast wave from detonation of a charge using a balloon of compressed air

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Abstract

This paper investigates a simple numerical method, based on the release of a pressurized spherical air volume, to predict or reproduce the main characteristics of the blast environment from the detonation of solid or gaseous charges. This approach aims to give an alternative to the use of a steady-state detonation model and a Jones-Wilkins-Lee equation of state to describe the expansion of the detonation products, especially when the explosive parameters are unknown and a TNT equivalent is used. The validity of the proposed approach is assessed through the comparison of predicted overpressure and impulse at different distances from the explosion with that of TNT and stoichiometric propane-oxygen explosions. It is also shown that, for gaseous detonations, a better agreement is obtained with the rationally optimized compressed balloon than with the use of a Jones-Wilkins-Lee model and a TNT equivalent mass.
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ineris-01853361 , version 1 (03-08-2018)

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Ludovic Blanc, S. Santana Herrera, Jean-Luc Hanus. Simulating the blast wave from detonation of a charge using a balloon of compressed air. Shock Waves, 2018, 28 (4), pp.641-652. ⟨10.1007/s00193-017-0774-0⟩. ⟨ineris-01853361⟩
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