Conditions for Remote Detonation of Explosive Initiators Using RF Energy

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  • Author: W.D. Rawle
The possibility of remotely detonat-ing an explosive device with a radio trans- mission has been a safety concern for many years. However, actual instances of detonation under these conditions are rare. This article defines the specific con-ditions under which detonation may occur. Further, the article presents a summary of a simulation model which may be employed to evaluate the probability of detonation. The radio frequency impedance characteristics of the subject initiator are required for this model, and a test procedure to obtain the required impedance characterization of an ini-tiator at radio frequencies is presented. This information has been published for the benefit of the EOD community.