Metastable Fluid Decay During Electric Explosion of Metallic Foils

V. I. Oreshkin, A. S. Zhigalin, A. G. Rousskikh, S. A. Chaikovsky, R. B. Baksht

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Results of experimental investigations into overheated metastable fluid decay during electric explosion of metallic foils are presented. Experiments have been performed using an experimental complex consisting of three current generators, one of which provides explosion of foil and two others – X-pinch-based radiographs – are used for diagnostic purposes. The upper limit of the decay time of an overheated metastable metal is determined experimentally. For aluminum conductor with deposited energy of (5.3 ± 0.5) kJ/g, the metastable state decay time is ~110 ns; for copper foil with deposited energy of (2.4 ± 0.2) kJ/g, it is ~260 ns; and for nickel foil with deposited energy of (1.3 ± 0.3) kJ/g, it is ~350 ns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1400-1407
Number of pages8
JournalRussian Physics Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • metallic foil explosion
  • metastable fluid
  • x-ray backlightning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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