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Module 1  Introduction – 10 am start – each lecture 1 hour – workshop – 1 hour

Monday 22 September 2014

(a) Introduction to Shock Physics (Hugoniots, measurement techniques, solids with strength) WGP
(b) Detonation - some basic theories (CJ, ZND, Cylinder expansion tests, ideal/non-ideal) WGP
(c) Explosion and detonation physics modeling – introduction 1 – MB
(d) Explosion and detonation physics modeling – gas and dispersed phase – MB
(e) Workshop – gas phase detonation (Cantera) - MB

Module 2 Condensed Phase Detonation – 9 am start – each lecture one hour – workshop 2 hours

Tuesday 23 September 2014

(a) Hot spot ignition of explosives – JEF
(b) Ideal Detonation – condensed phase - MB
(c)  Detonation Modelling applied to heterogeneous commercial or improvised explosives –MB
(d) Workshop – Ideal detonation - MB
(e) Recent research on explosives including DDT -JEF

Module 3 Shock Physics and Deflagration each lecture one hour – workshop two hours

Wednesday 24 September 2014

(a) Mechanical responses of energetics across temperature and time domains - WGP
(b) Techniques for studies of impact, fracture and dynamic properties of explosives – JEF
(c) Deflagration and Thermal Explosion - MB
(d) Workshop – Deflagration simulation - MB

Module 4 – Fragmentation and Blast Modeling – each lecture one hour

Thursday 25 September 2014

(a) Historical blast fragmentation formulas – JS
(b) Theoretical points about fragment size distributions and formulas - FO
(c) The Swebrec distribution, examples from different methods of rock fragmentation – F O
(d) Capacity of fragment size distributions to reproduce sieving data -  JS
(e) Fragmentation model for quarry blasting, a field study -  FO
(f) Errors in imaging methods to measure fragment size; from 2D to 2,5D - JS

Module 5 Advanced Simulation Methods – each lecture and tour, one hour

Friday 26 September 2014

(a) CFD - numerical methods for compressible reactive flow - SAEGF
(b) CFD and blasting simulation  - SAEG/ (GJS)
(c) Coupled simulations of elastoplastic solids and non-ideal explosives -  NN
(d) Tour of Cavendish facilities – APJ
(e) Roundup


  • Ideal gas – CANTERA/GASEQ/CEA/STANJAN – gas phase combustion and detonation
  • Deflagration
  • Ideal detonation
  • Non-ideal detonations: CFD

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Applied Detonation Physics and Blast Modelling Cambridge 22-26 Sept 2014 (DRAFT)



22nd September


23rd September


24th September


25th September


26th September


09:30 - 10:20

Introduction to Shock Physics  WGP

Hot spot Initiation of Explosives JEF

Mechanical Responses of Energetics across temperature and time domains  WGP

Historic Blast Fragmentation Formulas JS

CFD – Numerical Methods for Compressible Reactive Flow SAEGF


10:30 - 11:20

Detonation – Basic Theory                 WGP

Ideal Detonation – Condensed Phase  MB

Techniques for Studies of Impact, Fracture and Dynamic Properties of Explosives  JEF

Theoretical Points about Fragment Size Distributions & Formulas FO

Blast simulations  SAEGF/ (GJS)

11:20 - 11:40

Coffee/ Tea






11:40 - 12:30

Explosion and Detonation Physics Modelling 1  MB

Detonation Modelling in Commercial Explosives                 MB

Deflagration and Thermal Explosion MB

The Swebrec Distribution: Examples from Different Rock Fragmentation Methods   FO

Coupled Simulations of Elastoplastic Solids and Non-Ideal Explosives    NN

12:40 - 13:30







13:40 - 14:30

Explosion and Detonation Physics Modelling II   MB

Recent Research on Explosives including DDT  JEF

Workshop 3

Deflagration MB

Capacity of Fragment Size Distributions to Reproduce Sieving Data  JS

Workshop 4


14:30 - 15:00

Coffee/ Tea

Coffee/ Tea

Coffee/ Tea

Coffee/ Tea

Coffee/ Tea


15:00 - 17:00

Workshop 1

Cantera Gas Phase model  MB

Workshop 2

Ideal Detonation  MB

Fragmentation model for quarry blasting             FO

 15:50 Errors in Imaging Methods to Measure Fragment Size                JS

 16:00 Roundup

Tour of PCS Cavendish facilities    APJ


Martin Braithwaite – MB  (Cambridge), Sam Falle - SAEGF (Leeds), John Field - JEF (Cambridge),
Nikos Nikiforakis - NN (Cambridge), Bill Proud - WGP (IC), Finn Ouchterlony - FO(Leoben)
Jose Sanchidrian- JS (Madrid)