Studies of Fast Reactions in Detonations

  • C. L. Mader
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (ASIC, volume 71)


The time-dependent behavior of the flow in reaction zones of the detonating homogeneous explosives nitromethane, liquid TNT, and ideal gases has been investigated using one- and two-dimensional Lagrangian and Eulerian numerical hydrodynamics with Arrhenius chemical reaction. A general model for bulk decomposition of heterogeneous explosives, called Forest Fire, has been developed, which gives the rate of explosive decomposition as a function of local pressure. The model permits description of the process of heterogeneous explosive initiation, propagation, and failure.


Reaction Zone Forest Fire Detonation Wave Detonation Velocity Explosive Decomposition 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. L. Mader
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos Scientific LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLos AlamosUSA

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