Applied Scientific Research, Section A

, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp 439–449 | Cite as

The ignition mechanism of high explosives

  • C. H. Johansson
  • Henrik L. Selberg


A preliminary account of some theoretical and experimental results shows that an explosive becomes inflammable at compression if the air inclusions contain vapours or small particles or drops which, when heated, give an exothermic reaction. A similar effect is obtained if the explosive forms thin layers between two bubbles, or if the bubble wall is uneven with projecting convex sections.


Explosive Compression Ratio High Explosive Adiabatic Compression Dynamite 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague/Kluwer Academic Publishers 1956

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. H. Johansson
    • 1
  • Henrik L. Selberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Nitroglycerin ABStockholmSweden

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