Eugene Leitl wrote:
> On Fri, 3 Aug 2001, Michael M. Butler wrote:
> > But it seems to me from cursory analysis that not much gas is going to
> > be generated (unlike many explosives).
> A nuke doesn't generate much gas either.
No, it doesn't, but a thermal wave front acts like mass per e=mc^2. It's
the mass*energy/time that matters in any energy reaction. Note that with
any high explosive, the wave front travels at supersonic speeds, and
energy to speed is a log scale at mach levels.
> > I envision it as akin to a thermite reaction.
> You should try mixing very fine aluminum powder with lead oxide instead of
> coarse grains with iron oxide.
> > Am I missing something?
> If it's speedy enough, it will generate enough energy to vaporize
> sufficient amounts of material, and result in a pressure wave.
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