To date, a clear and satisfactory understanding of the processes involved in explosive initiation and detonation, founded on a microscopic basis, has proved elusive. Although a number of key mechanisms have been proposed, a unifying theoretical framework of detonation and propogation phenomena has not been agreed upon.
This short talk will provide an introduction to this area of materials physics, and to the current ideas of detonation. The use of simulation in investigating energetic materials will be emphasised, (and results might be presented....)
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..