# What happens during an implosion?

## What happens during an implosion?

Put simply, an implosion is the opposite of an explosion, matter and energy collapse inward and all implosions are caused by some form of pressure acting from the outside on an object. If that pressure is greater than the pressure within the object, without adequate support, the object will collapse.

## Why do bombs implode?

The key idea in implosion assembly is to compress a subcritical spherical, or sometimes cylindrical, fissionable mass by using specially designed high explosives. Implosion works by initiating the detonation of the explosives on their outer surface, so that the detonation wave moves inward.

How did Fat Man explode?

The bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945, at 8:15 AM. A B-29 dropped the bomb from 31,000 feet. The bomb exploded about 1,500 feet above the city with a force of 15,000 tons of TNT. This implosion-type plutonium bomb, nicknamed Fat Man, weighed 10,800 pounds.

### Whats the difference between implode and explode?

As verbs the difference between explode and implode is that explode is to destroy with an explosion while implode is to collapse or burst inward violently.

### Can an implosion cause an explosion?

When properly put together, an implosion weapon can produce an explosion on the order of a few kilotons to hundreds of kilotons.

Can something implode and explode at the same time?

What would happen if there were an explosion and an implosion at the same time? Answer 1: However, most implosions and explosions result in the object of intent breaking or shattering, so these pieces might simply break and fall without being sucked into the implosion or ejected outward in an explosion.

#### Is implosion better than explosion?

The opposite of explosion (which expands the volume), implosion reduces the volume occupied and concentrates matter and energy.

#### What happens to the human body when a submarine implodes?

When a submarine implodes, the fittings and pipes give way as the intense water pressure crushes the hull, similar to the process of a fist crushing an egg or a lemon. All of the people inside die in a matter of seconds. One American submarine that actually imploded was the U.S.S. Thresher, a nuclear attack submarine.