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Low-Order Detonation in Solid High Explosives

Naturevolume 162pages335336 (1948) | Download Citation



THE recent communication1 of Jones and Mitchell reporting the existence of a specific stable ‘low' velocity of detonation in the case of crystalline or granulated T.N.T. is of considerable interest in that it emphasizes the importance of grain size in lowdensity unconfined charges. I have obtained similar results in the case of heavily confined cast T.N.T. charges, in which the grain size can be varied over fairly wide limits by variation in casting technique and alteration in the rate of charge cooling.

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  1. 1

    Jones, E., and Mitchell, D., Nature, 161, 98 (1948).

  2. 2

    Jones, H., Proc. Roy. Soc., A, 189, 415 (1947).

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  1. Department of Chemistry, University, Birmingham

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