Detonation data are widely scattered among monographs, journal
literature, and institutional reports. Indeed, some valuable but obscure
sources may be unavailable through ordinary literature searches.
Data are often only available
graphically and comparisons between data sets or between experiments
and simulations requires digitizing graphs to obtain numerical values.
Considerable effort can be spent gathering data for a comparison or during
design of an experiment. The purpose of this archive
is to minimize the effort required to locate and obtain numerical data,
by compiling it in a single, accessible document.
The project originated during the mid 1980's with the notion of writing a
review article about detonations and chemistry. In the course of writing that
article, it became clear that there was a need for a comprehensive set
of references and a data library for comparisons with model computations.
Since the advent of the World Wide Web, it has become obvious
that publishing the database
on the WWW would be much more useful than print alone. A Web document allows
searching and linking tools to be employed, and is always up to date.
Of course, hardcopy offers its own traditional advantages.
Edited Last: May 27, 2002