The material on “explosions” in this chapter is intended only to give the reader a “feel” for the development of a combustion wave from a source of electrical ignition and some appreciation of the consequences of changing the properties of the combustible material or the characteristics of the ignition source. The term “explosion” is used in this book to denote any uncontrolled and undesired combustion without concern as to whether it is confined. Our definition of the term includes phenomena others prefer to call flash fires or detonations.
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