New Mexico Tech Shock Dynamics Laboratory

Weir Hall 120
Socorro, NM, 87801


fax: 575-835-5209

Research - Explosive Effects

The shock wave produced from the explosion of a car
bomb is visualized with the background oriented
schlieren technique.

Current research is developing the background oriented schlieren technique for the measurement of shock propagation characteristics. The shock is visualized with the BOS technique and then its propagation velocity is measured. The shock propagation velocity yields information of the shock wave overpressure and overpressure duration. An estimate of the damage potential from an explosive can be developed in this manner. This technique is also being applied to understanding the scaling and characterization of explosive mixtures.