The Detonation Phenomenon

by John H. S. Lee

The Detonation Phenomenon Synopsis

This book introduces the detonation phenomenon in explosives. It is ideal for engineers and graduate students with a background in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. The material is mostly qualitative, aiming to illustrate the physical aspects of the phenomenon. Classical idealized theories of detonation waves are presented first. These permit detonation speed, gas properties ahead of and behind the detonation wave, and the distribution of fluid properties within the detonation wave itself to be determined. Subsequent chapters describe in detail the real unstable structure of a detonation wave. One-, two-, and three-dimensional computer simulations are presented along with experimental results using various experimental techniques. The important effects of confinement and boundary conditions and their influence on the propagation of a detonation are also discussed. The final chapters cover the various ways detonation waves can be formed and provide a review of the outstanding problems and future directions in detonation research.

The Detonation Phenomenon Press Reviews

'The Detonation Phenomenon by Professor John H. S. Lee is intended for engineers and graduate students with backgrounds in thermodynamics and fluid dynamics. It fulfills that mission perfectly. The book is an excellent, thorough review of the basic experimental and theoretical aspects of gas phase detonation.' Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics 'The mathematical material is broadly accessible to undergraduate and graduate students while at the same time providing a sophisticated tutorial for experienced researchers coming to detonation from other fields. ... Lee's treatment is extensive but deliberately not encyclopedic.' AIAA Journal 'A key strength of this book is its comprehensive, and in places, stunning display of the experimental record of complex detonation dynamics. This is accompanied by lucid and plausible phenomenological explanations of observations, often supported by straightforward, mathematically based theories.' J. M. Powers, Shock Waves

Book Information

ISBN: 9781107430730
Publication date: 7th August 2014
Author: John H. S. Lee
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 402 pages
Categories: Thermodynamics & heat, Industrial chemistry & manufacturing technologies,

About John H. S. Lee

Professor John H. S. Lee is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. His research areas are in combustion, detonations and shock wave physics, and explosion dynamics; he has been carrying out fundamental and applied research in these areas for the past 40 years. He is a consultant and has served on numerous government and industrial advisory committees on explosion hazards and safety since the late 1960s. He is a recipient of 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 ...

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