English-language abstracts and reviews of 1969 and 1970 articles from the open Soviet technical literature relevant to explosions, soil mechanics, laser and particle beams, thermodynamics, and reentry problems. The abstracts, prepared by Stuart Hibben and Andrey Polushkin of Informatics-Tisco, Inc., vary in length according to the importance assigned to the original paper. They are grouped under the following general headings: nuclear explosions; shock waves and explosions in gases; shock waves in solids; interaction of shock waves with solids; plasma dynamics; plasma-induced surface effects; laser simulation and related effects; deformation of materials; high-pressure research; soil mechanics; particle beams; and miscellaneous, including equations of state, sound and laser wave propagation underwater, and laser beam attenuation by fog. Longer articles by Polushkin review the literature of hypersonic gas flow around a blunt body and electrical explosions in a vacuum. This is part of a continuing project that monitors the Soviet literature.
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