Explosive fragmentation of a thin ceramic tube using pulsed power

Hiroaki Katsuragi, Satoshi Ihara, Haruo Honjo

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    This study experimentally examined the explosive fragmentation of thin ceramic tubes using pulsed power. A thin ceramic tube was threaded on a thin copper wire, and high voltage was applied to the wire using a pulsed power generator. This melted the wire and the resulting vapor put pressure on the ceramic tube, causing it to fragment. We examined the statistical properties of the fragment mass distribution. The cumulative fragment mass distribution obeyed the double exponential or power law with exponential decay. Both distributions agreed well with the experimental data. Finally, we obtained universal scaling for fragmentation, which is applicable to both impact and explosive fragmentation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number095503
    JournalPhysical review letters
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 26 2005

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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