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Gas flow rates through inert and chemically active porous beds

Hicks, P D and Ceseri, M (2014) Gas flow rates through inert and chemically active porous beds. [Study Group Report]



The Atomic Weapons Establishment is interested in the behaviour of highly reactive chemical beds, in order to produce more reliable explosives. To improve understanding of the reaction evolution and bed mechanics the study group investigated the experiments of Goveas (1997), which involved the reaction of small beds of potassium picrate particles. The study group developed a mechanistic model and used simplied analyses to investigate the reaction behaviour. The mechanistic model that was developed is able to explain the periodic chung observed in experiments, but does not rely on particle compaction. Two simplied analyses are undertaken, which support this mechanistic interpretation of the experiments. These simplied analyses calculate the reaction front speed based on a thermal analysis and the evolution of the gas bubble rising through the porous bed. The study group also suggest additional work that will further understanding of this phenomenon.

Item Type:Study Group Report
Problem Sectors:Fluids
Study Groups:European Study Group with Industry > ESGI 100 (Oxford, UK, Apr 7-11, 2014)
UK Study Groups > ESGI 100 (Oxford, UK, Apr 7-11, 2014)
Company Name:AWE
ID Code:666
Deposited By: H. Hrothgar
Deposited On:25 Jul 2014 11:37
Last Modified:29 May 2015 20:17

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