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They Invented What? (No. 40)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on March 21, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 4,873,928: Nuclear-sized explosions without radiation.

JW Note:  Many thanks to Dr. Bill Ziehler for bringing this one to our attention!


What is claimed is:

1. A method for producing a violent and destructive explosion having high shock energies comprising:

partially filling an expendible structure with an initial mixture of combustible gas and an oxidizer gas in concentrations rich in said combustible gas so that said initial mixture is incapabale of burning or exploding;

mixing additional oxidizer gas into said initial mixture after said initial mixture is in place and contained within said structure to thereby create an explosive mixture within said structure; and

detonating said explosive mixture to produce said explosion and thereby destroying said expendible structure.