Kinetics and mechanism of explosive decomposition of heavy metal azides

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The explosive decomposition of heavy metal azides initiated by a laser pulse was studied experimentally over a broad range of action levels (from the threshold values to those exceeding the threshold ignition energy by a factor of 100) and in the time interval including the induction period, and rapid explosive decomposition, and the expansion of detonation products. The explosive glow and expansion dynamics of the decomposition products in air and vacuum were investigated, and the velocities of the explosive decomposition front, the compression pulse, and the expansion of the explosion products were measured. Based on the results obtained, the possibility of the occurrence of preexplosion phenomena is discussed and the mechanism of laser initiation of heavy metal azides is analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-106
Number of pages13
JournalCombustion, Explosion and Shock Waves
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


  • Heavy metal azides
  • Initiation mechanisms
  • Kinetics
  • Laser ignition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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