The tag has no usage guidance.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
1k views

What would happen if a hydrogen bomb were to explode in Saturn's atmosphere?

Purely hypothetical since any kind of testing in atmosphere/space is banned by international legislation/agreement. The humans have already bombed Luna so ... what could be expected to happen on ...
0
votes
5answers
89 views

Could we use nuclear bombs to generate electricity? [closed]

it seems the biggest problem with fusion power is confinement. on the other hand, we developed a fusion bomb in just a few years. i was wondering if it could be economically viable to use nuclear ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Would High Explosive helped free Shackleton's ship, trapped in pack ice?

This question is based on physical concepts regarding presssure waves and crystallography, but I thought it might be helpful to include a brief historical context first. From Wikipedia: Loss of Polar ...
2
votes
1answer
307 views

Why is pyrite so explosive when heated? [closed]

I watched this video where fool's gold was heated using a hydrogen torch. The results were surprisingly explosive. I was expecting it to just melt into a puddle. Is there something special about ...
0
votes
3answers
284 views

What decides the trajectory of shrapnel upon explosion?

What are the factors that govern over the path that shrapnel and/or other particles follow upon explosion of explosives(the ones that are planted i.e. stationary ones) etc. Is it possible to predict ...
1
vote
1answer
44 views

Why blasts/explosions hurt people

This seems a stupid question i know but can't really understand the physics behind it. Let's imagine i'm 5 meters away from a bomb and it explodes. Putting apart the high speed projectiles behaving as ...
-2
votes
1answer
46 views

Exploding screen [closed]

I not quite sure if that's the right place to ask. Feel free to suggest a better place. So the phone of a friend suddenly "exploded" causing the following: I've just seen the picture. This ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

How many grams of explosive are equivalent to the energy in a battery?

In the movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Arnie's fuel cells were twice shown to be extremely devastating when their stored energy was released. In real life, how many grams of, say, gunpowder ...
36
votes
2answers
3k views

Cause for spikes in trinity bomb test

In Richard Rhodes' book, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, I was reading about the Trinity nuclear test. High speed photos were taken and this one is from <1ms after the detonation. The book mentions ...
1
vote
2answers
137 views

Is there a difference in the energy output of a nuclear fission reaction as opposed to fusion?

For example, if I split a Helium atom will I get the same amount of energy as when I fuse Hydrogen into Helium? If there is a difference, what will be the difference (in general not according to ...
3
votes
1answer
71 views

Fission bomb: How much of it burns?

I am wondering about measured data on how efficient fission bombs were say the first ones. Since the fission in chain reaction releases large amounts of energy in fractions of a second, I imagine ...
2
votes
3answers
401 views

What decides the velocity of a bullet coming out from the gun?

I was concerned about what determines the speed of the bullet coming out from the gun. Is it determined by the strength of the explosive or how fast does it burn up? For example if we take the same ...
30
votes
6answers
6k views

Is there any aspect of an explosion resulting from a nuclear weapon test that cannot be simulated using super computers?

This Washington Post news article states that with the advent of computer simulation of nuclear tests, live tests are no longer needed. Generally speaking there are 3 aspects of an explosion ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Dimensional analysis of explosive energy, no temporal element

I have a question about dimensional analysis, using the calculation of the explosive energy of the Bomb by Taylor in the 1940s as example. I am neither physicist nor mathematician so will have ...
3
votes
1answer
53 views

Estimate post-shock temperature of nuclear explosion

I was recently shown a very interesting sequence of images depicting the expansion of the fireball of Trinity explosion, a nuclear weapon's test conducted in New Mexico in 1945. I read here that ...
-2
votes
1answer
51 views

Is this scenario true (too long to write in question)? [closed]

Imagine I were to lock myself in a 1×1×3 (meters) box. And this box was made of some newly discovered material which was projectile-proof (bullet proof), could ...
1
vote
1answer
81 views

Why are exploding HHO bubbles louder then pure HHO?

We tried my electrolyzer with a friend today, we filled a small bottle with HHO gas, and set it on fire. It was loud but not a big deal, like a firecracker. Then we added some soapy water and created ...
1
vote
2answers
627 views

What is physics behind of explosion under Atmospheric pressure?

An explosion is a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner. A blast wave in fluid dynamics is the pressure and flow resulting from the deposition of a large amount of energy ...
0
votes
0answers
114 views

How to measure the initial velocity of a potato gun?

I have made a 2m potato gun (It's like a cannon - the noise makes your ears buzz for some second :) ) Its uses alcohol as fuel. an igniter fires. then the potato will be shot out. anyway. as it's ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

Conservation of momentum and energy in an explosion

One simple problem is physics is to determine the mechanical energy difference after an explosion. To do this, you must assume that momentum is conserved because in a explosion you have internal ...
4
votes
3answers
492 views

What was the amount of energy released in the 9/11 terrorist attacks?

I read somewhere on the internet that the amount of energy released by the terrorist attacks on the twin towers on 9/11 should have been of the order of 100 tons of TNT. This number surprised me, ...
17
votes
3answers
841 views

Why do nuclear bombs make a mushroom?

Atomic bombs make mushroom. It's well-known and we've seen many images of atomic experiments around the world. My question is, what causes the mushroom shape? Do conventional explosives like TNT and ...
26
votes
4answers
8k views

Is a bomb's shockwave strong enough to kill? [closed]

I'm watching a movie, The Hurt Locker, and the first scene shows an IED explosion which kills a soldier. Of course movies don't depict explosions with maximum realism, but I noticed the debris and ...
1
vote
0answers
22 views

Fermi's yield estimation of the Trinity Test [duplicate]

In Enrico Fermi's eyewitness account of the Trinity nuclear test in 1945, he gives a brief description of a method that he used to estimate the blast energy of the test: About 40 seconds after the ...
5
votes
1answer
8k views

short circuit an alkaline battery

i'm not doing anything related to physics, but i'm just curious : What really happen when i short circuit an alkaline battery ? some article in the net shown that fire/explosion can be happened when ...
2
votes
1answer
185 views

From which height the effect of nuclear bomb will be Greater?

Well I was wondering like during war some of them drop nuclear bomb on ground and then it explode and we see a huge blast which causes so much of destruction but my question is that is it possible ...
37
votes
3answers
7k views

In atomic bomb tests under ground, where does the volume of the rocks go?

Underground atomic bomb tests are done in a deep, sealed hole. Not all underground tests eject material on the surface. In this case, they are only noticeable as earthquakes, according to german ...
22
votes
2answers
2k views

Why does a nuclear explosion have directionality?

It just occurred to me that almost all images I've seen of the (in)famous mushroom cloud show a vertical column rising perpendicular to the ground and a horizontal planar ring parallel to the ground. ...
3
votes
1answer
81 views

What are the minimum necessary conditions for a static shock to ignite wood or grain dust in the air and cause an explosion or fire?

Every once in a while I hear in the news that a grain elevator exploded and burned down because of a static shock that ignited the dust in the air. I also hear about the danger of the same thing ...
0
votes
1answer
267 views

Nuclear fission or fusion occurring at or near the speed of light

Suppose a device or object were traveling at or near the speed of light, and fission or fusion occurred while in this state of motion, creating an enormous blast, what would occur? Would this cause an ...
4
votes
2answers
84 views

Determining average number of fragments created upon explosion

Suppose you're analyzing some 3 dimensional object of any sort of shape, and this object explodes from some internal force (e.g, like a grenade). How would you go about determining the average number ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

Does the force of releasing the latch of a spring-latch contraption affects the force generated by the spring?

There is this contraption in my class, where a rod is attached to a latch and a spring. By pulling the latch back behind a piece of metal, the latch is secured, the rod if pulled back and the spring ...
3
votes
3answers
204 views

Why do nuclear weapons create a blast wave?

As far as I know, in a nuclear explosion the energy is released in the form of radiation (neutrons, gamma rays, alpha particles and electrons), light and heat. There isn't a chemical reaction that ...
1
vote
1answer
63 views

Tsunami effects of a nuclear explosion

Sea surface nuclear explosion arouses a tidal wave of water. How does this kind of wave compare to naturally occurring tsunamis? E.g. what would be the potential of a 100KT bomb 100km away the from ...
0
votes
2answers
62 views

Do the nuclear reactions produced by different elements release different amounts of energy?

Does the nuclear reactions in an element like Uranium produce a different amount of energy than the nuclear reactions in Plutonium? I am not concerned with those elements in particular, they just seem ...
0
votes
2answers
115 views

Why does a lump of explosive burn's with an explosion?

When we light a solid lump of explosive it burns slowly layer by layer, but when we light up powder form of explosive it just burns with a huge explosion and sound why does it happen. And one more ...
0
votes
2answers
135 views

What is the cause of the flash of light and debris immediately above this explosion?

First - the footage of the explosion in question: http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/homemade-diamond-high-speed/ More specifically, about 5 seconds in, I'm speaking of the ...
1
vote
0answers
59 views

What does a long strip of explosive sound like when detonated?

By long, I mean something like (say) 2 km of detcord. Or perhaps multiple close spaced charges in a line over that distance, simultaneously detonated. Close up a single piece of explosive produces a ...
14
votes
1answer
244 views

Are “echo” explosions near Earth realistic?

Watch the simulation below for better visualization. Suppose we create an explosion, for example at $2R_{Earth}$ from the center of Earth. Just before the explosion was set off, the explosive was at ...
4
votes
1answer
308 views

How much pressure would be needed to contain a 1 gigaton nuclear bomb explosion within a sphere of one meter radius?

How much pressure would be needed to contain the largest human exploitable nuclear bomb within a sphere of one radius? Also would it be possible to create a magnetic field that controlled some ...
0
votes
2answers
96 views

Domain of different types of collision?

Can anyone tell me why elastic collision occur between atomic particles? inelastic collision occur between ordinary objects? perfectly inelastic collision occur during shooting? ...
4
votes
2answers
370 views

Initial pressure of explosion

I would like to know, if given a TNT equivalent of explosive (or its Energy) is it possible to determine what would be the initial pressure that will be the result of that explosion ? To be more ...
1
vote
0answers
95 views

How big does a natural gas compressor station have to be, so as its possible explosion to produce power equal to that of a nuclear bomb [closed]

I live in Greece and a natural gas compressor station is going to be constructed within a radius of 3km. That got me wondered. Can a possible explosion produce equal power with the little boy, the ...
2
votes
2answers
221 views

What's the largest mushroom cloud possible from a coffee cup/grenade sized nuclear bomb?

Assuming the coffee cup is $16$oz = $1$lb = $0.4536$kg or $ \sim 450$mL I did a quick comparison to the W54 assuming there was a linear ratio (wishful thinking perhaps), and got it to be around 8m ...
0
votes
1answer
421 views

How would one best dissipate or absorb shockwaves and pressure caused by an explosion within a confined space [closed]

I am trying to find a way to limit the effect that detonation of an explosive gas, introduced into a confined space would have when detonated. Can one introduce some form of panelized material or ...
3
votes
2answers
558 views

Burning alcohol vapor

Let's imagine a plastic container, sealed closed. We fill half of it with alcohol, then we generate a spark. The question is: can the mixture of alcohol and air burn, or do we need a hole to let air ...
0
votes
1answer
585 views

Center of mass after explosion [closed]

How he treated the center of mass as if it is still in the same place , is not it supposed to change after explosion ? and is not explosion destroying the closed system? i mean it represents and ...
1
vote
2answers
174 views

What causes destruction in the first few seconds of a bomb explosion?

When a bomb explodes (or a grenade, mine, etc.), what is it that causes the most damage in the first 1 or 2 seconds of the explosion and culminates in the destruction of nearby objects? Is it the high ...
0
votes
1answer
329 views

Help with equations for deflecting an asteroid

This is a homework assignment, but not the physics part. I have to write a python script to simulate the size of a warhead required to deflect an asteroid (parameters inputted by user) that is on a ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Is there a known shape to the pattern of spherical expansion from the center outward?

I know that atomic bombs when exploded in or under or not too far above the ground, mushroom clouds are the shape that gets made by expansion, but it has the ground as a mirror, or whatever, depending ...