Shock Wave Science and Technology Reference Library, Vol. 5

Non-Shock Initiation of Explosives

  • B. W. Asay

Part of the Shock Wave Science and Technology Reference Library book series (SHOCKWAVES, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Blaine W. Asay
    Pages 1-14
  3. Bryan F. Henson, Laura B. Smilowitz
    Pages 45-128
  4. Larry G. Hill
    Pages 129-243
  5. Gary R. Parker, Philip J. Rae
    Pages 293-401
  6. Blaine W. Asay
    Pages 403-482
  7. John Michael McAfee
    Pages 483-535
  8. Peter Dickson
    Pages 537-554
  9. James E. Kennedy
    Pages 555-581
  10. James E. Kennedy
    Pages 583-605
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 607-617

About this book


The sensitivity of an explosive is not a well defined property of the material but rather a complex pattern of behavior. Unlike the response to strong, planar shocks which is for the most part predictable and reproducible, explosives' response to multidimensional and weaker stimuli is much more complicated.

The present volume is the first compendium to assemble in a single text our present knowledge about the vast range of non-shock ignition mechanisms and responses, where initiation is not prompt, and involves a series of steps that may or may not lead to a steady detonation.

The 11 extensive chapters in this volume are:

- Context and Complexity of Non-Shock Initiation (B. W. Asay)

- Transport Phenomena for Non-Shock Initiation Processes (L. Perry)

- The Chemical Kinetics of Solid Thermal Explosions (B. F. Henson)

- Classical Theory of Thermal Criticality (L. G. Hill)

- Deflagration Phenomena in Energetic Materials (S. I. Jackson)

- Mechanical and Thermal Damage (G. R. Parker and P. J. Rae)

- Cook-off (B. W. Asay)

- The Deflagration-to-Detonation Transition (J. M. McAfee)

- Friction (P. M. Dickson)

- Impact and Shear Ignition by Non-Shock Mechanisms (J. E. Kennedy)

- Spark and Laser Ignition (J. E. Kennedy)

Each chapter is self-contained and can be read independently of the others, though, they are thematically interrelated. They offer a timely reference, for postgraduate students as well as professional scientists and engineers, by laying out the foundations and discussing the latest developments including yet unresolved challenging problems.


Explosion Explosive Safety Explosive sensitivity Heterogeneous reactive materials Non-shock ignition of explosives

Editors and affiliations

  • B. W. Asay
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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