Sensing temperature inside explosions

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The interior of an explosion is one of the harshest environments on earth. The violent chemical reactions and rapid changes in pressure and temperature make sensing with conventional electronics virtually impossible. One can obtain significant information using remote optical techniques, and indeed the spectroscopy of explosions is a major field of research [1,2]; however, the presence of debris or opaque chemical reactions can make the fireball impossible to probe, even with the most advanced equipment. In this chapter, we describe temperature and thermal history sensors based on microparticle or nanoparticle luminescence. These particles are embedded in explosive material and disperse with it but are undamaged by the explosion since they have no mechanical or electronic “parts.” The luminescence of the particles can be examined in the debris or measured in a lab and can ascertain the distribution of temperatures seen in the periphery of an explosive fireball. This method is currently under development at the University of Minnesota and Oklahoma State University and shows good promise as a thermal diagnostic where common sensing methods fail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSmart Sensors for Industrial Applications
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781466568112
ISBN (Print)9781466568105
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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