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Explosives Engineering

Explosives Engineering

Paul W. Cooper

ISBN: 978-1-119-53713-7 July 2018 480 Pages




This graduate text, and Cooper's companion introductory text ('Introduction to the Technology of Explosives'), serve the same markets as the successful explosives reference by Meyer, now in its 4th edition. VCH also published the International Journal of Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics. The resulting package would give VCH the major presence in the field.
This text presents the basic technologies used in the engineering of explosives and explosive systems, i.e., chemistry, burning, detonation, shock waves, initiation theories, scaling. The book is written for upper-division undergraduate or graduate-level scientists and engineers, and assumes a good grasp of basic physics, chemistry, mechanics and mathematic through calculus. It is based on lecture notes used for graduate courses at the Dept. of Energy Laboratories, and could serve as a core text for a course at schools of mining or military engineering. The intent of the book is to provide the engineer or scientist in the field with an understanding of the phenomena involved and the engineering tools needed to solve/ design/ analyze a broad range of real problems.

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I. Chemistry of Explosives: Organic Chemical Nomenclature/
Pure Explosives/
Estimating Properties of Explosives/
II. Energetics of Explosives: Basic Terms of Thermodynamics/
Group Addivity/
Reaction Temperature/
Closed Vessel Calculations/
Estimating Detonation Processes
III. Shock Waves: Qualitative Description of a Shock Wave/
The Bead Model/
Rankine-Hugoniot Jump Equations/
Interactions of Shock Waves
IV. Detonations: Detonations, General Observations/
Real Effects in Explosives
V. Theories of Initiation: Nonelectric Initiators/
Hot Wire Initiators/
Exploding Bridgewire Detonations
VI. Engineering Applications: Theories of Scaling/
Acceleration, Formation, and Flight of Fragments/
Blast Effects in Air, Water, and on the Human Body/
Scaling Craters/
Jetting, Shaped Charges and Explosive Welding/
Explosive Welding.