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The Chemistry of Explosives
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Introduction to Explosives; Classification of Explosive Materials; Combustion, Deflagration and Detonation; Ignition, Initiation and Thermal Decomposition; Thermochemistry of Explosives; Equilibria and Kinetics of Explosive Reactions; Manufacture of Explosives; Introduction to Propellants and Pyrotechnics; Bibliography; Subject Index.

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1. Outlines the basic principles needed to understand the mechanism of explosions by chemical explosives including the history, theory and chemical types of explosives 2. Covers the effect of explosives on the environment, the impact of recent legislations and information on new high performance explosives 3. Aimed at 'A' level students and new graduates who have not previously studied explosives compositions but also for the more experienced chemist looking for concise information

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Professor Jacqueline Akhavan joined the academic staff at Cranfield University in 1987 after graduating from Southampton University with a PhD in polymer chemistry. In the early 1990s she was invited as a visiting research scientist to Akron University in Ohio to develop high energy rocket propellant for Norton Thiokol. In 2001 she was appointed Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and in 2007 she was awarded a personal chair in explosive chemistry. Professor Akhavan is Head of the Centre for Defence Chemistry and is also leading the Synthesis and Formulations Group. Her main research activity is in the development of PBXs for insensitive munitions which contain inert and energetic polymers. Professor Akhavan is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Chemist.

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"""... an excellent book for 'A' level students and new graduates."""
"""... this succinct introductory paperback manual on the chemistry, physics, and functioning of explosives is most welcome ... eminently readable ..."""

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