Design and analysis of a high voltage exploding foil initiator for missile systems

Yılmaz, Muhammed Yusuf
Increasing insensitivity demands on designing and producing munitions necessitates utilizing primarily insensitive initiation trains specifically in missile systems. Exploding Foil Initiator (EFI) is a high voltage detonator that is used as the initiation elementof rocket motor and warhead initiation trains of modern insensitive missile systems. In this thesis, EFI prototypes are designed and manufactured with the knowledge gained from detailed literature studies. An experimental setup is constructed including firing and testing means for EFI prototypes. That experimental setup is capable of firing EFI prototypes from 500 volts to 3000 volts voltage range. Besides, it allows measuring electrical characteristics like current and voltage traces and average velocity of the flyer plates of these prototypes.Using EFI prototypes,detonation tests of HNS – IV and PBXN – 5 explosive pellets are carried out.Function times and detonation outputs of the prototypesare measured with the same experimental setup. A numerical study which predicts electrical performance of EFI prototypes and impact characteristics of flyer plates are carried out. Numerical code is validated with the experimental results.
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M. Y. Yılmaz, “Design and analysis of a high voltage exploding foil initiator for missile systems,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.