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The Gas Dynamics of Explosions by John H. S. (McGill University, Montreal) Lee


The Gas Dynamics of Explosions by John H. S. (McGill University, Montreal) Lee

Explosions, and the non-steady shock propagation associated with them, continue to interest researchers working in different fields of physics and engineering (such as astrophysics and fusion). Based on the author's course in shock dynamics, this book describes the various analytical methods developed to determine non-steady shock propagation. These methods offer a simple alternative to the direct numerical integration of the Euler equations and offer a better insight into the physics of the problem. Professor Lee presents the subject systematically and in a style that is accessible to graduate students and researchers working in shock dynamics, combustion, high-speed aerodynamics, propulsion and related topics.


The Gas Dynamics of Explosions is a unique and valuable collation and presentation of the analytical methods that have been used to calculate the physical properties of blast waves. This has been done with mathematical clarity, which in most cases is superior to that of the original publications. These analytical methods often provide an insight into the physical processes within a blast wave that is not provided by numerical simulation techniques that are nowadays most commonly used to study these processes. The text provides an excellent reference source for researchers studying blast waves and an excellent primer to those who are new to the field. It is a natural sequel to Professor Lee's earlier work, The Detonation Phenomenon (Cambridge, 2013)
J. M. Dewey, Shock Waves

About the Author

Professor John H. S. Lee is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, Montreal. He has been carrying out fundamental and applied research in combustion, detonations and shock wave physics, and explosion dynamics for the past 40 years. As a consultant, Lee has also served on numerous government and industrial advisory committees on explosion hazards and safety. He has received many prizes, including the silver medal from the Combustion Institute (1980), the Dionizy Smolenski Medal from the Polish Academy of Sciences (1988), and the Nuna Manson gold medal (1991) for his outstanding contributions to the fundamentals and applied aspects of explosion and detonation phenomena. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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Publication date

21st July 2016


John H. S. (McGill University, Montreal) Lee

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Cambridge University Press


216 pages


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