Given the need to explain an explosion of a flour mill, assuming a purely Aristotelian paradigm, what concepts could be used to explain the mill's destruction?
This question is to help more accurately simulate and explore an academic's view of the world in the 13th century. How would they explain the idea of an explosion?
Looking at the History of Shockwaves, Explosions, and Impact, we see that firedamp explosions aren't really explored until the 13th century. Which suggests that the only intentional explosions possible were steam explosions, and they likely occurred in a different category than volcanism or flour mill dust explosions 1. There also seems to be no discussion of alcoholic vapour explosions.
Clearly, something can be gotten around by explaining after the fact of the love of the warm and moist particles for movement and expansion, and that "clearly" the particles were the result of a change in substance. And then someone would argue that instead of a change in substance it was a change in quality, as the warm and moist particles displaced the cold and dry particles.
That whole explanation begs the question of an appropriate category for concept "detonation" that existed without conception of momentum and the physics of expanding gasses; thus, my question.
1 The earliest recorded account of a flour mill explosion is in the 18th century. With that said, the notes on the flour mill explosion suggest that the explanation given then was due to "fermentation."