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Explosives [Hardcover]

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This world-famous work has been enlarged and updated without tampering with its tried and tested format. Around 500 alphabetically ordered, monographic entries consider the physicochemical properties, production methods and safe applications of over 120 explosive chemicals, while discussing 70 fuels, additives and oxidizing agents and describing the relevant test methods.

The extensive thermodynamic data has been thoroughly updated and now also provided on a CD-ROM compiled by the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology. This excerpt from the ICT Thermodynamical Database not only includes additional thermodynamic data, and references to further reading, but also features enhanced search facilities.

Other key features include a 1,500-entry combined index and glossary with terms and abbreviations in English, French and German, conversion tables and numerous literature references.

A handy reference for explosive experts and also for translators, public authorities and patent lawyers.

From reviews of previous editions:
"...This wealth of information and an index that comprises some 1500 keywords and several conversion tables make this a unique source of knowledge for anybody working with explosives."
---Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics

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Item Specifications...

Pages   430
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.35" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.54 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 21, 2007
Publisher   Wiley-VCH
ISBN  3527316566  
ISBN13  9783527316564  

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Very superficial coverage, but many entries  Dec 2, 2006
I found the book little more than a disorganized glossary of explosives and related terms.
Yes, it does have hundreds of different explosives types listed, many of which are very esoteric and rare. And it does contain good thermodynamic data for many explosives.
But the explosives, terms, and safety data are all lumped together and only classified alphabetically in a single group.
Coverage is spotty. For example, black powder gets good coverage (relative to the overall superficial coverage of all subjects), while TNT is barely mentioned. Prills are covered in some detail while nitrification isn't even mentioned. Manufacturing techniques and intermediate reactions are at most just a few sentences, even for important commercial explosives.
All the information contained in the book can easily be found on the Internet or at your local library, and in much better detail.
Explosives - R. Meyer, J. Kohler, A. Homburg  Nov 9, 2006
This text is best described as being a dictionary of terminology, materials and techniques in the field of explosives. The tables for translating terms between languages are of some use in translating texts. but are too small to be useful to the average translator.

It also suffers from being a translation into English, and thus tends to ignore many of the more obscure technical terms found only in the English language. This can be a problem for more advanced users.

Its coverage of pyrotechnics is very limited. The coverage of this subject is only as it touches explosive materials. This field is closely related to explosives, and often the two overlap. Unfortunately, it does not cover this topic adequately.

Within these limitations, it is a very good reference text to be included in any library on energetic materials. It covers many commercial materials that would require considerable time searching for this data. Being a basically European text, its coverage of this commercial material is primarily european.

I would like to see its coverage expanded, but not its scope, which would make it more of an encyclopedia than a dictionary. Its price also is somewhat high, but considering its' subject mater, not too excessively so.

I recommend it to those working with energetic materials.
Excellent basic reference on explosive materials.  Mar 16, 1997
While lacking complex descriptions of explosive concepts, this book provides the user with an invaluable reference guide to the basic concepts behind explosive materials and explosive physics. An invaluable reference guide to a wide variety of commercial and specialty explosive materials, this book is a must have for anyone involved in the field of commercial explosives

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