The Theory of Explosion Initiation
PRINCETON UNIV NJ
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On the hypothesis of thermal initiation and estimates of the absolute rate constant and free energy of activation of the explosion reaction, the width of the reaction zone in a detonation wave, both in the homogeneous case and in the heterogeneous case, in which evaporation is the rate-determining step, is calculated. The distribution of temperature and pressure within a detonation wave, and the effect of these variables upon the rate of chemical decomposition reaction, are studied in an investigation of the theory of the causes of the failure of an explosive to detonate, or to maintain an explosive reaction after detonation has been initiated.