The Scaling Law



Characteristics of the blast wave generated in an explosion depend both on the explosive energy release and on the nature of the medium through which the blast propagates. These characteristics are readily defined quantitatively for any particular explosion, as for example, those described in Figure 6–4 or in Table XI. The problem is to find a corresponding description for other explosions as well. This is made possible by the scaling law for explosions, by which means the particular values of the figure or table are made to supply general solutions for the explosive blast wave problem.


Mach Number Shock Front Blast Wave Transmission Factor Peak Overpressure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.U. S. Naval Postgraduate SchoolMontereyUSA
  2. 2.Naval Weapons CenterChina LakeUSA

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