The investigation of the blast interaction with fires ignited by the nuclear flash requires controlled experiments. A simulator for the pulse of thermal energy is needed in order to properly initiate the fire. This report addresses the development of carbon rod radiant source (CARRS) that is compatible with the FEMA long-duration shock/blast tube at Camp Parks, California. The effort commenced with an understanding of the specific requirements and pertinent research, both past and present. Evaluation of the alternate candidates provided direction for a proof of concept experiment. Subsequent steps produced a laboratory scale (constant 25 kw) model for investigating the electrical, mechanical and optical issues of a 1.8 Mw peak power CARRS. A conservative design was done, which may soon be 'overcome by events' in pulsed power technology. (Author)
Interim rept. 28 Mar 79-30 Aug 80
30 AUG 1980
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