Solid-solid reaction with mechanical coupling

Hendrik J. Viljoen, Vladimir Hlavacek

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Mixtures of solid reactants are usually ignited thermally, setting of a slow deflagration through the medium and progressive layers of material are heated by thermal conduction. When the system is shocked to pressures above its Hugoniot elastic limit, the solids behave like fluids and strong heating by compression also results. This leads to the propagation of the reaction front at velocities which are very high, even exceeding the sound velocity in the medium. Results are presented for these two forms of ignition. The chemical reaction can track the shock wave, completely converting reactants and propagating at velocities of several km/s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2985-2990
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Engineering Science
Issue number13-14
StatePublished - Jul 1999
EventProceedings of the 1998 15th International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering, ISCRE 15 - Newport Beach, CA, USA
Duration: Sep 13 1998Sep 16 1998


  • Compression
  • Detonation
  • Solid state reaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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