Detonation Pressure

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The Detonation Pressure calculator computes the detonation pressure based on the velocity (VD) and the density (ρ).

INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:

  • (VD) This is the velocity of detonation
  • (ρ) This is the density

Detonation Pressure (Pdet): The calculator returns the pressure in gigapascals (GPa).  However, this can be automatically converted to compatible units via the pull-down menu.

The Math / Science

The Detonation Pressure of an explosive provides an indicator of its ability to do work and determines whether it is a high brisance or low brisance explosive.  The formula for Detonation Pressure is:

       Pdet = 2.5 • VD • ρ/(0.0000001)


  • Pdet is the detonation pressure
  • VD is the velocity of detonation in meters per second
  • ρ is the density in grams per cubic centimeter.


  • "Formulae for Ammunition Management." International Ammunition Technical Guideline. 1st ed. New York: UN, 2013. 2-3.UN SaferGuard. United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), 20 May 2013. Web. 12 June 2015. <>.