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HSL Hydrogen Detonation Trials

Experiment ID HSL hydrogen detonation trials
Short Description Stoichiometric volumes of hydrogen/air mixtures were forced to detonation by an explosive charge. Volumes of 5, 10 and 20 m3 were detonated.

The hydrogen/air mixtures were enclosed in a plastic-covered, wooden-framed structure, which also contained a limited array of instrumentation and a fan for mixing the gases. The explosive charge was supported from the roof of the structure, so as to be suspended in the centre of the cubic frame.

What phenomena were studied The over-pressures generated within the frame were measured.

The sound levels generated at a range of positions were recorded.

What phenomena / effects can be studied Sound levels/over-pressures at a range of distances can be determined.
Instrumentation Oxygen depletion cells were used to determine the gas concentration within the frame.

Kistler pressure transducers were used to measure pressures within and close to the structure at the point of detonation. Measure and hold sound level meters were used to record the maximum sound level at a number of locations up to 500 m from the test site (The sound level can be used to determine the local over-pressure.

Test variables Volume of gas detonated
Data description / Data completeness All pressure data in digital format. Single point readings of maximum sound levels and gas concentration readings.
Data availability Restricted to HSL currently.
Source of data / Reference Technical Report: HSL PS/04/07
Why were chosen No similar results elsewhere are available
Relevance to the project purposes Dispersion data are valuable for developing and verifying dispersion models.
Experimental data
Results of simulations
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