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Hoberman Sphere Warhead

Because continuous rod is just too 2 dimensional
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Title and description say it all, really. To test the mettle (and metal) of any welder.
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jan 13 2015

Continuous rod http://en.wikipedia...tinuous-rod_warhead
Dice and slice that target [AbsintheWithoutLeave, Jan 13 2015]


       Wasn't someone around here renaming himself with a more manly name? "Wanton Brawn"; things of that sort? "Continuous Rod" should be a consideration.
bungston, Jan 13 2015

       According to your link, the advantage of the continuous rod comes from the fact that it concentrates the force of the explosion into a 2D plane, resulting in a larger effective radius.   

       Not that a Hoberman sphere wouldn't be cool...
scad mientist, Jan 13 2015

       Bangalore Bowling Ball ?
FlyingToaster, Jan 13 2015

       Hoberman Warhead would be a pretty mean name to change your name to, as well.
pocmloc, Jan 13 2015

       //the advantage of the continuous rod comes from the fact that it concentrates the force of the explosion into a 2D plane//   

       Yes, but the bugger of it is that most hostile airforces now use exclusively 3D planes.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 13 2015

       // 3D planes // :)   

       But seriously, I think we're talking about anti- aircraft munitions here that are proximity triggered. With a spherically expanding munition, a simple proximity fuze would be used when the munition was within range. A continuous rod munition seems like it would have to have a much more sophisticated fuse to see detect when the target was in the plane of destruction. Otherwise concentrating the destruction into a single plane would reduce the chance of actually hitting the target.   

       Assuming I'm not completely off base above, it seem like the way you'd want to go is to create a mostly 1 dimensional explosion. This would of course need an aiming system as well as a complex trigger, but when the projectile is close to the target, if it can swivel and fire, launching half of its mass in a somewhat narrow cone towards the target, there could be a much larger margin of error. Actually, in this case, if the explosive couple launch a Hoberman sphere a the target, that might be quite effective.
scad mientist, Jan 13 2015


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