What is the most powerful chemical explosive and have we reached the theoretical limit?

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Mudassir Ali 9 months 1 Answer 115 views

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  1. They have the blast radius pretty close but not the actual effect. It’s nickname was the Daisy Cutter. It was called that because of the what it did to that “blast radius” Since it was designed to clear a landing zone for, like, three CH47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters to land it had to do more than just go BOOM real loud. I had to blast triple canopy jungle so completely away that no debri was left that could tilt the helo to a dangerous degree. As it’s nick name implies it not just cut but actually cleared from the LZ everything as tall as a daisy or taller. So the idea of “blast radius” is not adequate. The concussion from it is so server that one NVA regimental HQ was found 2 miles from the blast site. All the NVA were still sitting there frozen in place because the concussion pulped their brains without doing any visible physical damage.

    A friend of mine was in the Persian Gulf for Desert Storm. There was a small island on which there were a couple of Iraqi Air defense units. The Military was trying to use up old ordinance so they dropped TWO on an tiny little lslet. His ship was 11 miles away, it was an Amphibious Assault Ship. Everyone had been told about these things so dozens were on the flight deck to watch. At eleven miles distance on a night drop, the flash was so severe they all got sunburned.

    So it is a liquid explosive in a big pressurized can. That probe on the side the points down is a small explosive charge that cracks open the can when it hits the ground. The vaporized fluid explove atomizes in the air and is heavy enough to spread out on the ground very quickly. A secondary charge then detonates the fuel now mixed wit Air, hence “Fuel/Air”. It is, by reputation, the most powerful explosive device short of a nuclear weapon.

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