Proceedings of 38th Joint Propulsion Conference, Indianapolis, IN, July 2002.
Detonator Qualification and Lot Acceptance Test Requirements
Barry T. Neyer, Associate Fellow AIAA
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Miamisburg, OH 45342
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The aerospace community has required a variety of tests for qualification and lot acceptance. Many of these test requirements have been developed through the years as a response to past failures. Most of these tests were developed when the firing systems contained large mechanical components and the detonators were hot wire devices. However, with today’s much smaller detonators, the utility of some of these tests is not as apparent. The author will discuss a number of the tests that are required of detonators, and why he believes many of the tests are not necessary. By redirecting testing resources to more productive tests, more reliable detonators and firing systems can be obtained within present budgets.