posted on Mar, 27 2007 @ 07:45 AM
Anybody have a designator for this weapon? If it's type classified as ready for deployment, even as a limited stockpile munition ala the GAMs, it
should have a GBU nomenclature of it's own.
The problem with gauging explosive yields is that it's more about the operational environment (10,000G deceleration loads among others) and desired
mission effect than anything.
I don't believe we have yet produced anything in the metastable/SPH class of explosives as produceable weaponized grade fillers yet but 30% yields
over TNT in oxidizer/fuel admixture intimacy are now possible and this does indeed yield 3-4 times overall explosive power, depending...
If we are looking at creating a pure strata coupling effect, we need to maximize early impulse rise and total 'felt' detonation amplitudes which
means the booster:fuel level has to be very high to get the blast wave really moving. If we are looking to burn up whatever we uncork, we need to
increase the thermal properties and particularly stoichiometric mixing numbers for total temps and rise curves.
As a guess, you will have a booster of LLM-105 and the rest PBX-109. Percentages will be dictated by configuration tolerances in the projectile shape
and manufacturing process as a function of getting the requisite tailored performance in an insensitive munition category that is as safe at the
target end as on the flightline (so it doesn't splatter deflagrate or change interstitial chemical penetration as a function of mechanical force on
6,000lbs in a 30,000lb class munition is a little light on the warhead:ammunition weight fraction, even for a penetrator.
If someone can work the numbers on the advertised Big BLU configuration to get an accurate impact velocity from a 40,000ft release height, we should
be able to get a design target depth at which the weapon detonation cube generates voids for various percentage blast yields. And from there some
guessable delivery effect physics on granite or supercrete using standard psi shock modeling.