The Detonation Phenomenon

The Detonation Phenomenon

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by John H. S. Lee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521897238

ISBN-13: 9780521897235

Pub. Date: 06/30/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book introduces the detonation phenomenon in explosives. It is ideal for engineers and graduate students with a background in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The material is mostly qualitative, aiming to illustrate the physical aspects of the phenomenon. Classical idealized theories of detonation waves are presented first. These permit detonation speed, gas…  See more details below

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This book introduces the detonation phenomenon in explosives. It is ideal for engineers and graduate students with a background in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The material is mostly qualitative, aiming to illustrate the physical aspects of the phenomenon. Classical idealized theories of detonation waves are presented first. These permit detonation speed, gas properties ahead and behind the detonation wave, and the distribution of fluid properties within the detonation wave itself to be determined. Subsequent chapters describe in detail the real unstable structure of a detonation wave. One-, two-, and three-dimensional computer simulations are presented along with experimental results using various experimental techniques. The important effects of confinement and boundary conditions and their influence on the propagation of a detonation are also discussed. The final chapters cover the various ways detonation waves can be formed and provide a review of the outstanding problems and future directions in detonation research.

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ISBN-13:
9780521897235
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Gasdynamic Theory of Detonations and Deflagrations 26

3 Dynamics of Detonation Products 53

4 Laminar Structure of Detonations 73

5 Unstable Detonations: Numerical Description 98

6 Unstable Detonations: Experimental Observations 147

7 Influence of Boundary Conditions 204

8 Deflagration-To-Detonation Transition 250

9 Direct Initiation of Detonations 297

Epilogue 373

Index 377

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The Detonation Phenomenon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Medvegas More than 1 year ago
This book, erudite yet easily accessible, is not just for mechanical engineers, physicists, or nuclear blast technicians, but anyone who might be interested in how detonations form, what exactly happens in the seconds or milliseconds as an explosion occurs, and the intense velocity at which a detonation can propagate. Having no background in physics, chemistry, or mechanics, and possessing a BA in Psychology from UNLV, I can understand the concepts quite well, and it is highly interesting in how an explosion can form and propagate omnidirectionally throughout its blast radius. Mathematical equations are kept to a minimum, only being used insofar as comprehending the concepts essential to grasping the material, focuses on prose rather than on the dynamics of physics, and conveys quite effectively the didactic need for the scientific measurement and study of detonations, in all of its manifestations. Although not a coffee table book, one that might be brought to a delicatessen, or that should be shared with a first-time date, it is of utmost importance for anyone interested in such material to understand the underlying mechanisms of detonations so that we may be more informed when the inevitability of a nuclear exchange happens, or more commonly, when an explosion occurs where everyone else is wondering what had happened, after reading this book, we may be the only one's that do know. Cautionary Note: This is a very difficult book to read for the uninitiated, I don't fully understand it all, but it does make one feel very intelligent to read.