The Blast Wave in Air Resulting From a High Temperature, High Pressure Sphere of Air (U)

by Harold L. Brode


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The results of a calculation of the blast wave resulting from the explosion of a sphere of air initially at rest and at standard sea-level density but at 20,000 atmospheres pressure. These results are presented in graphical form, showing the variations of overpressure, density, particle velocity, temperature and dynamic pressure as functions of space and time. Shock values of these parameters, total impulses, positive durations, and shock arrival times are illustrated. Comparison is made with other calculations and with observations.

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