Questions tagged [explosives]

Questions discussing explosive nature of chemicals. Also, consider using the safety tag.

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Mixing solvents and other compounds - safety issues

I would like to know if it is safe to mix organic solvents together or organic solvents with some compounds listed below. In a mixture with random ratios (greater than zero - all chemicals present) ...
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Why was rhenium used as an igniter in flash bulbs?

It looks like it typically had a current passed though it to ignite zirconium threads. What properties of rhenium made it the best metal to use for this?
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What explosive compound would be the most likely first explosive developed by a race? [closed]

Elaboration on title: What would most likely be the first explosive compound that some individual would create if they were just mixing together random things they had available? I'm not talking about ...
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Cold Gas Inflation

What and how is cold gas inflation used as replacement for traditional gas ingredients in airbag deployment? Can we make our own version of cold gas inflation?
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Aluminum powder reaction with air

I have made aluminum powder in a ball mill a few times, but my last batch began to smoke and caught fire soon after I poured it from the tumbler. Nothing unusual was afoot. It was poured into a paper ...
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Would a loaded cartridge ignite/explode when hit from the side or front by a bullet?

This question https://physics.stackexchange.com/a/193472/93888 explains what would happen after a cartridge is ignited: the bullet gets propelled by the gases in one direction and the cartridge (with ...
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Detonation and deflagration

I understand that deflagration is slower and smoother than a detonation, but can't a deflagration be used to initiate detonations of other explosive agents?
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Does the explosion of TNT include oxidation?

This comment below the question Rocket explosion compared to kT of TNT; has one ever knocked something over at a distance? suggests that ...TNT includes it's own oxidizer... Explosion isn't the ...
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Reaction of Hydrogen and Dinitrogen Tetroxide?

What might be the possible products of a reaction between hydrogen and dinitrogen tetroxide ($\ce{N2O4}$)? They are fuel and oxidizer respectively in rockets.
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What causes oxygen cylinders to explode when in contact with oil (oiled cloth)?

Perhaps I did not put it correctly, but from the welders I know that if you leave the oiled rag on the cylinder valve, it can explode. At least, I saw how greasy oily rags that just lay in the trash ...
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mechanism of mechanically triggered explosion [duplicate]

There are several well known explosives which can be mechanically triggered. I am curious about the mechanism of such a reaction, though. I guess one can give an easy answer when the explosive is ...
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Why can sulfur act like a catalyst?

In the reaction of combustion of gunpowder, Sulfur is used to speed up the reaction and acts like a catalyst in that it increases the rate of reaction. However, unlike a catalyst, it is used up in ...
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What causes KNO3 to decompose into KNO2 and Oxygen in gunpowder?

I've been studying fireworks and from what I understand: $\ce{KNO3}$ decomposes to form $\ce{KNO2}$ and $\ce{O2}$ gas, and this free oxygen reacts with carbon to react with carbon and sulfur to form ...
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Why is there such a violent reaction when NaCl is formed?

In school I saw how $\ce{NaCl}$ was formed and I noticed that there was a violent reaction. Can someone tell me why there is such a violent reaction? The $\ce{NaCl}$ was formed by reacting sodium ...
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Ammonia Reaction with O2

I asked a similar question earlier that lead me to ask this question. NH3 and O2 react in the following way $$\ce{4NH3 + 3O2 -> 2N2 + 6H2O}$$ From my understanding Ammonia will explode(react ...
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What is “salpotricon”? [closed]

I read in my old Polish history handbook about the black powder recipe that was taken from some medieval manuscript, if I remember correctly. One of the ingredients was called “salpotricon”, but years ...
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Is it possible to create weaker version of guncotton by replacing cotton wool with wood chips or linen cloth?

If the cotton wool was replaced by wood chips or linen (flax) cloth, would the mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids still react with the cellulose in it to produce nitrocellulose? If it would, would ...
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At which temperature does carbon monoxide explode? [duplicate]

I had doubt whether carbon monoxide explodes or not. I checked out this resource and found out that carbon monoxide explodes when heated. But they didn't mention the temperature at which it explodes. ...
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Can dry ice explode?

Can dry ice be used as a explosive chemical? I am intrigued by this chemical dry ice and seen various experiments with it, and seems to have potential to be a explosive. So can dry ice explode?
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Products of HMTD decomposition

Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, "Hex" for short, is an explosive organic compound. I want to know the products of this reaction: $$\ce{C_6H_{12}N_2O_6 -> ? + Energy}$$
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Pyrotechnic “star” without oxidizer

In the design of a celebratory pyrotechnic (firework), there exists a gunpowder explosive charge at the center of the firework and pyrotechnic "stars" lining the circumference of the explosive. The "...
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What am I doing wrong with the fuel and packing I am using for a cannon I made?

Recently I have been using flash powder in a cannon that I made, for a chemistry project, however, it is not causing the rubber ball I put in it to propel out of the tube. First I put in 30g of flash ...
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What is the compound I made from KNO3 and table sugar which subsequently exploded when I exposed it to a flame?

I mixed 75% $\ce{KNO3}$ and 25% $\ce{C12H22O11}$ (by volume) in boiling water to make slow burn fuses. Some of the product became a thick brown paste. After drying, a hard cake of an approximate 1 ...
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Can we tell if a compound is explosive by just looking at its chemical structure?

If I showed you a compound's chemical structure will you be able to tell if it can be used as an explosive or we can only know that by conducting chemical experiments?
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Would an explosion of an electrically charged material be more powerful than if it were not charged?

I was recently reading a book titled "Hitler's Suppressed and Still Secret Weapons, Science and Technology". I came across this book because I saw it referenced by someone on another site. The book's ...
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How to get the strongest reaction out of 1kg of guncotton in a space of 15*15*15 meters without using an additional gas source

It would be burnt outside at about 2 degrees Celsius with about 75 percent air humidity, 1400 meters above sea level. Even though that's not exactly true, I'll treat it like pure guncotton. I'm asking ...
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How can I Create an explosive with everyday used chemicals? [closed]

I would like to know How can i create a simple (Maybe Complex) Chemical that can be used as an explosive. I would like to use it to blast A regular cardboard box.
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why Nitrocellulose does not explode [closed]

my question is simple why Nitrocellulose does not explode since it contains Nitrogen and oxygen in the structure of the cotton why it does burn ?
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What chemicals used everyday will cause an explosive reaction if exposed into outer space? [closed]

What chemicals used everyday will cause an explosive reaction if exposed into outer space?