Current theoretical views on the mechanism of excitation of detonation are first discussed. Excitation by shock waves is then treated at length. The effects of various parameters, such as shock wave velocity, temperature, pressure, duration of action, distance and dimensions of passive charge, etc., on initiation of detonation are considered, and appropriate formulas and relations are given. The impulse initiation of detonation of explosives is characterized by 3 phases shock wave initiation of chemical reactions, growth of this reaction in the solid explosive, and appearance of the detonation wave.
Edited Machine Trans. of Termostoykiye Vzryvchatyye Veshchestva i Ikh Deystviye v Glubokikh Skvazhinakh p53-69 1969 by Bernard L. Tauber.