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Explosives Engineering

Explosives Engineering
By Paul Cooper

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Book Description

This graduate text, and Cooper's companion introductory text ('Introduction to the Technology of Explosives'), serve the same markets as the successful explosives reference by Meyer, now in its 4th edition. VCH also published the International Journal of Propellants, Explosives, and Pyrotechnics. The resulting package would give VCH the major presence in the field.
This text presents the basic technologies used in the engineering of explosives and explosive systems, i.e., chemistry, burning, detonation, shock waves, initiation theories, scaling. The book is written for upper-division undergraduate or graduate-level scientists and engineers, and assumes a good grasp of basic physics, chemistry, mechanics and mathematic through calculus. It is based on lecture notes used for graduate courses at the Dept. of Energy Laboratories, and could serve as a core text for a course at schools of mining or military engineering. The intent of the book is to provide the engineer or scientist in the field with an understanding of the phenomena involved and the engineering tools needed to solve/ design/ analyze a broad range of real problems.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #611422 in Books
  • Published on: 1996-11-28
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.20" h x 1.20" w x 6.20" l, 1.85 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 480 pages

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This text presents the basic technologies used in the engineering of explosives and explosion systems. The six sections cover the chemistry of explosives, energetics of explosives, shock waves, detonation, and initiation and intiators. Concise descriptions of the physical processes and underlying theory are expressed in terms. Special features include solved problems in each technical area, extensive data on explosive materials and their properties and behavior, and many useful reference lists and bibliographies.

From the Back Cover
Explosives Engineering by Paul W. Cooper presents the basic technologies used in the engineering of explosives and explosion systems. The book’s six sections cover the chemistry of explosives, energetics of explosives, shock waves, detonation, and initiation and initiators. An understanding of basic physics, chemistry, mechanics, and mathematics through calculus is assumed. Concise descriptions of the physical processes and underlying theory are expressed in terms as useful for the designer or analyst as for the engineer. Special features include solved problems in each technical area, extensive data on explosive materials and their properties and behavior, and many useful reference lists and bibliographies. This book will help engineers, scientists, and students acquire the engineering tools needed to understand, analyze, and solve a broad range of explosion problems and design applications. It also will interest crime and accident scene investigators, and anyone concerned with the regulatory and environmental issues involved in the transportation, storage, and commerce of explosive materials.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4A good reference to be double checked
By Robin De La Cuetara
Explosives Engineering by Paul Cooper is a well written book that will give anyone with a master's level in fluid dynamics, thermochemistry and the likes (don't expect this book to bring you up to speed on these subjects) a good understanding of the physics and a bit of the chemistry behind explosives and their uses.

This book however does have mistakes in it, so it is recommended to double check equations when they appear funky (eg Mott's equation near the end of the book has some dimensional issues). Personally, it just seems the author didn't have time to triple proof read every inch of his book, but I would say 98% of it is solid. If you don't mind having to occasionally double check a formula if it is very important to your work, then this book will literally become your bible.

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
5For the neophytegrowing into an expert
By Paul M. Schumacher
If you are a novice to the field of explosives engineering, this text should be read after reading Paul Cooper's "Introduction to Explosives Technology." It is a cure to the 'I want more' feeling which that text produces. As in that text, it leaves one feeling 'why did I have so much trouble understanding this subject with other texts?'

The answer to that is Paul Cooper's knowledge of the subject, and ability to put that knowledge into words. One does not need a Ph.D. nor be a genius to understand this text. Having taught myself this subject, I wish Paul Cooper had written this work 40 years ago. It is designed to bring the novice up to the mid levels of knowledge in this field.

I have found myself putting the book down to write programs to model what I had just read. This text has brought me from believing I know explosive engineering, to having the confidence of actually knowing the subject.

"Explosives Engineering" is considerably more understandable than such biblical treatments such as LA-2000 or AMCP 706-180. This text prepares one for such texts at such a rarified level.

This text should be in the library of every explosive engineer. If I had to select three texts on the subject of explosives behavior, this would definitely be one of them. His "Intoduction to Explosives Technology" would be in the top 10 for preparing the groundwork into this field.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
4Not the best, but certainly not poorly written
By A Customer
Cooper moves from one subject to another in a manner that may annoy some. However, this is NOT a "teeny-bomber" book. If you have an interest in Thermochemistry and are familiar with some of the European methods of modeling, you may enjoy some of the more unique areas Cooper explores. The author leads you to this point by utilizing basic Thermodynamic concepts and this is why some readers may get bored. Although he does provide background if you actually read the text and don't skip about.
On the other hand; his models of Estimating Properties of Explosives (& Detonation Properties)is professional and a quick read. If you are familiar with the European presentations of the Rankine-Hugoniot Jump Equations this book will not appear Greek to you (pardon the pun). On a level most basic to the novice, Cooper's piece on Initiation & Initiators (detonators, etc) is well done, and easy for the novice to grasp. The book moves more toward explosive use in indusry and models, less so in terms of organic chemistry but there is enough nomenclature, basic structural formulas, history, and detonation theory to keep you reading as well as leading you forward to areas wherein you may not have a background. Undergraduate level stuff but quite useful for both the classroom as well as to explain world standards to those with a more focused background in explosive utility in a simple military context. This book attempts to be wide reaching and is useful for such a huge undertaking.

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