Acceleration of Thin Plates by Exploding Foil Techniques

  • A. H. Guenther
  • D. C. Wunsch
  • T. D. Soapes


A technique for the acceleration of thin plates to high velocities by exploding foils has been developed. These plates, primarily Mylar and Lucite up to 3 in. by 3 in. and from a few mils to 1/4 in. thick, are used to produce high- impulse, short-time loading of materials for the purpose of material dynamics at high pressures. Velocities up to 5 · 105 cm/sec have been achieved. A brief description of equipment including the capacitor system, cameras, and backlighting, etc. is given, as well as a more detailed description of the construction of the transducer and its characteristics. Methods of velocity determination are described. High-speed photographs of these high-velocity plates are presented.


Shock Wave Thin Plate Capacitor Bank Streak Camera Foil Thickness 
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© Plenum Press New York 1962

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. H. Guenther
    • 1
  • D. C. Wunsch
    • 1
  • T. D. Soapes
    • 1
  1. 1.Pulse Power Laboratory, Physics Division, Research DirectorateAir Force Special Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force BaseUSA

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