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The two images show hot spots in sub-detonation region after the first explosion during initiation in pure nitromethane (top) and cellular structures in fully developed detonation-front when the second explosion occurs (bottom). The bottom image is 500 µm in diameter.

Dr. Bhowmick and his co-authors from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have recently reported real-time direct imaging of a detonation front on a tabletop apparatus using high-speed cameras. The images from nitromethane detonation revealed structures representative of the mechanochemistry, a feature anticipated by theoreticians decades ago but was not observed experimentally due to the associated engineering challenges in re-creating a detonation front on a tabletop.

The results have been published in the journal Combustion and Flame, which is ranked #1 (Google Scholar) in the category “Combustion & Propulsion” (source: https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=top_venues&hl=en&vq=chm_combustionpropulsion), #12 in the category “Fuel technology” (source: https://www.scopus.com/sourceid/28623#tabs=1), #18 in “General Physics and Astronomy” (source: https://www.scopus.com/sourceid/28623#tabs=1), and #20 in “General Chemical Engineering”, source: https://www.scopus.com/sourceid/28623#tabs=1). Access to the article is available via the following link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2020.10.046)."

The two images show hot spots in sub-detonation region after the first explosion during initiation in pure nitromethane (top) and cellular structures in fully developed detonation-front when the second explosion occurs (bottom). The bottom image is 500 µm in diameter.

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