Pyrotechnics, Rocketry & Explosive Science

Low Explosives & Powders

smokeless powderThis low explosives and powders section details many different deflagrating compounds including gun powders, pyrotechnic powders, propellants, flare powders and more.

Low explosives do not detonate, but rather burn very rapidly. Although they generally burn far below the speed of sound, low explosives are still capable of producing huge amounts of force.

Low explosives are generally comprised of two or three components: Oxidizer, Fuel and a Catalyst. A classic blackpowder recipe uses potassium nitrate as the oxidizer, charcoal as the fuel and sulphur as the catalyst. When ignited this mixture burns very rapidly producing a small “explosion”.

low explosiveWhen confined to a casing of some type be it cardboard tube in the case of pyrotechnics, shell in the case of a bullet or clay and cardboard “rocket engine” casing the results are generally much more spectacular. Low explosives do not detonate, and burn the rate can be reliably predicted in the case of many low explosive compositions, making them relatively “safe” for home use in pyrotechnics and other uses such as matches, flares and model rocketry.

Some low explosives’ burn rate is increased when confined, such in the case of nitrocellulose.

 

This section provides a broad range of fantastic guides and documents on the topic of low explosives, propellants and other such compositions.

 

Our Premium Electronic Books on Low Explosives & Powders:

Hazards from Salute/Flash/Star Compositions

Hazards from Salute/Flash/Star Compositions

This is a quick report on the primary hazards and cause/effect relationships associated with Salute/Flash/Star compositions during development, manufacturing, transportation and thermally ultimate use. An excellent guide for anyone interested in this subject.

How to Make Nitro-Cellulose That Works

How to Make Nitro-Cellulose That Works

You are going to learn method to create nitro-cellulose. The text is presented in a very straightforward and informal manner that a person with little experience will understand.

How to Prepare Erythritol Tetranitrate

How to Prepare Erythritol Tetranitrate

How to Prepare Erythritol Tetranitrate contains complete instructions and plans including the materials required, procedure and safety considerations when creating Erythritol tetranitrate. An excellent guide for anyone interested to prepare Erythritol tetranitrate on their own.

Study of Combustion Mechanism of New Polymer/Oxidizer Mixtures

Study of Combustion Mechanism of New Polymer/Oxidizer Mixtures

The study of combustion mechanisms of the energetic polymer binders/new oxidizers mixtures will help the reader in understanding of the mechanisms is useful for many applications of these propulsions. You will also read the conclusions of the peculiarities of combustion mechanisms of the mixtures and recommendations for future works. An excellent resource for a person interested in the technical aspects of combustion of substances.

Synthesizing and purifying Potassium Nitrate at Home

Synthesizing and purifying Potassium Nitrate at Home

This is a guide on preparing homemade Potassium Nitrate. Steps provided are simple and easy to understand, all you will need is a natural source for the nitrate (in this guide the source is a stable wall). Learn how to prepare and purify Potassium Nitrate with this easy to follow guide.

The Chemical and Ballistic Properties of Black Powder

The Chemical and Ballistic Properties of Black Powder

This report is a critical evaluation of the stability, and ballistic properties of black powder. Information is included on uses of black powder and sources of supply. Substitutes for black powder are briefly discussed. Extensive references are cited. If you are looking to become substansially more informed about black powder, you will love to read this manual.




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