Propellants and Explosives: Thermochemical Aspects of Combustion / Edition 2by Naminosuke Kubota
Explosives and propellants contain considerable chemical energy that can be converted into rapid expansion. In contrast to the simple burning of a fuel, explosives and propellants are self-contained and do not need an external supply of oxygen via air. Since their energy content inherently creates the risk of accidental triggering of the explosive reaction, the… See more details below
Explosives and propellants contain considerable chemical energy that can be converted into rapid expansion. In contrast to the simple burning of a fuel, explosives and propellants are self-contained and do not need an external supply of oxygen via air. Since their energy content inherently creates the risk of accidental triggering of the explosive reaction, the correct synthesis, formulation, and handling during production and use are of utmost importance for safety, necessitating specialist knowledge on energetic materials, their characteristics, handling and applications.
This second edition of the classic on the thermochemistry of combustion covers the thermochemical and combustion characteristics of all important types of energetic materials, such as explosives, propellants, and the new class of pyrolants, as well as related phenomena. Addressing both experimental as well as theoretical aspects, it presents the fundamental bases of the energetics of materials, deflagration and detonation, thermochemical process of decomposition and combustion, plus combustion wave structures. The book also goes on to discuss the combustion mechanisms of various types of energetic materials, propellants, and explosives, based on the heat transfer process in the combustion waves. The burning rate models are also presented as an aid to understanding the rate-controlling steps of combustion processes, thus demonstrating the relationships of burning rate versus pressure and initial temperature.
Also new to this edition are five additional chapters providing updated coverage of significant recent developments in the field, as well as the major topic of such propulsion methods as duct rockets, ramjets, pulse motors and thrusters, while appendices on flow field dynamics and shock wave propagation have also been added.
From the reviews of the first edition:
"Propellants and Explosives provides a good survey of a field that is far from simple. The essential facts are presented systematically and in a clearly understandable way, helped by many figures and photographs...The book will provide the interested reader with an easy introduction to this complex subject." Angewandte Chemie Intl. Ed.
Dr. Kubota received a Doctorate from Princeton University in 1973, majoring in "Solid Propellant Combustion" and "Rocket Propulsion including Ducted Rocket Engine". His current position is Senior Research Scientist of Propellant Combustion Laboratory, Asahi Kasei
Chemicals. Previously, he was Director, Third Research Center, Technical Research and Development Institute (TRDI), Japan Defense Agency, which is responsible for aircraft and missiles.
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- Edition description:
- 2nd, Completely Revised and Extended Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 6.93(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.24(d)
Table of ContentsThermodynamics of Energy Conversion
Thermochemistry of Combustion
Combustion Wave Propagation
Energetics of Propellants and Explosives
Combustion of Crystalline and Polymeric Materials
Combustion of Double-Base Propellants
Combustion of Composite Propellants
Combustion of Explosives
Formation of Energetic Pyrolants
Combustion Propagation of Pyrolants
Emission from Combustion Products
Rocket Thrust Modulation
Ducted Rocket Propulsion
Appendix A: List of Abbreviation of Energetic Materials
Appendix B: Measurements of Burning Rate and Combustion Wave Structure
Appendix C: Dynamics in Flow Field
Appendix D: Shock Wave Propagation
Appendix E: List of Mathematical Symbols
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