Revised and expanded to reflect new developments in the field, this book outlines the basic principles required to understand the chemical processes of explosives. The Chemistry of Explosives provides an overview of the history of explosives, taking the reader to future developments. The text on the classification of explosive materials contains much data on the physical parameters of primary and secondary explosives. The explosive processes of deflagration and detonation, including the theory of 'hotspots' for the detonation process, are introduced and many examples are provided in the detailed description on the thermochemistry of explosives. New material includes coverage of the latest explosive compositions, such as high temperature explosives, nitrocubanes, energetic polymers, plasticizers and insensitive munitions (IM). This concise, readable book is ideal for 'A' level students and new graduates with no previous knowledge of explosive materials. With detailed information on a vast range of explosives in tabular form and an extensive bibliography, this book will also be useful to anyone needing succinct information on the subject.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Explosives; Classification of Explosive Materials; Combustion, Deflagration and Detonation; Ignition, Initiation and Thermal Decomposition; Thermochemistry of Explosives; Equilibria and Kinetics of Explosive Reactions; Manufacture of Explosives; Introduction to Propellants and Pyrotechnics; Bibliography; Subject Index.