Pyrotechnics is the science of using various compounds and chemicals to produce heat, light, smoke and sound. Common consumer fireworks fall under this umbrella, as well as commercial firework devices, also matches and initiator components of some vehicle airbags. If it involves a exothermic (burning) reaction in a technical application, chances are it falls under the “pyrotechnics” umbrella.
It is believed that the first pyrotechnic device originated in china some 2000 years ago, using a type of low explosive powder known today as “black powder”. Black powder is a mix of potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal and forms the basis of many consumer pyrotechnics available.
Various powdered metals and other chemicals are added to the base powder to bring additional characteristics to the device. Certain powdered metals burn with colored flames, and allow the creation of “stars”, sparks emitting from the point of combustion.
This collection of pyrotechnic books and guides has been assembled to give you a total understanding of the brilliant world of pyrotechnics. Including comprehensive, detailed guides on the production of the most common, and not so common pyrotechnic devices including:
- Single-shot aerial tubes
- Bottle rockets
- Skyrockets and missiles
- Ground spinners, pinwheels and helicopters
- Flares & fountains
- Roman candles
- Multi-shot aerial devices, or “cakes”
- Catherine wheels
- black snakes and strobes
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