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Force of explosion

  1. Sep 9, 2016 #1
    How would I find the total force of an explosion if I have the energy of the explosion, and no displacement?
    The explosion is taking in place inside a mine shaft in an asteroid, and I need to know if the asteroid would blow up or not?
    Is it possible to find the force, and how would I do it?
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  3. Sep 9, 2016 #2

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    Sadly, there is no such thing.

    To get an order of magnitude guess, you should compare the energy of explosion to the binding energy of the asteroid.
  4. Sep 9, 2016 #3
    Thank-you. I've been working on this for the past few weeks, and I have, obviously gotten no where.
  5. Sep 10, 2016 #4
    Do you want the asteroid to "explode"? If so then "a previously undetected fault in the stone allowed the explosion to..." etc.
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