DYI wrote:Joanna: I don't mean to be insulting, but firearms do not utilise detonations.
Usually starting a sentence with "I don't mean to be insulting" probably means you shouldn't be saying it.
But indeed, firearms do not use detonations, but that was not my point. My point was that steel has pretty good impact resistance, given that it can take a pounding of pressures in the region of tens of thousand psi, and in rapid succession. But obviously the particular steel in question is not of firearm standard.
Nonetheless, as you said, steel is not the ideal material for the job of taking DDT, but more ideal alternatives are usually rather scarce to the average joe.
After the concern of creating a cannon that can take the DDT lies the other problem - is it possible to reliably create DDT in a small chamber with practical conditions?
AFAIK, it's rather unreliable.