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Author Topic: what type of explosive reaction that are less than low explosive ?  (Read 2022 times)

Offline taregg

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exsample 1.high explosive like TNT
                 2.low explosive like smokeless powder
                 3.( ! )   explosive  like gasoline or desel
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Offline Bored chemist

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You seem to have got those the wrong way round. TNT is a high explosive.
Gasoline doesn't (ordinarily) explode.Mixtures of gasoline vapour with air will deflagrate when ignited.
In some cases that deflagration may become a detonation.
It's complicated
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deflagration_to_detonation_transition
 

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 is it mean fuel gases is.... slow deflagration
and gun powder is ........ fast deflaration..
 

Offline johnab1

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An explosive is a high explosive if it reaches a supersonic velocity when energy is released. This is detonation.
Low explosives do not detonate, they burn or deflagrate. Energy is released at a subsonic velocity.
TNT is a high explosive, while gunpowder is a low explosive. In order for gunpowder to explode, it must be in a container. This is known as a mechanical explosion.
 

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This question seems related to the term rate of detonation.

Perhaps fuses provide the best visual examples of this rate. Firecracker fuses burn very slowly; whereas some industrial fuses have burn rates of several thousand yards/meters per second.

Knocking in car engines provides a common example of transitioning from deflagration to detonation.
 

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