An extension of the first three volumes, the present publication covers recent work on new reactions leading to the formation of new explosives describing their chemical and physical properties and deals with modern manufacturing methods including problems of safety. Modern views on both theoretical and practical problems are included. This is the most up to date work of its kind by a world authority on the subject.
(partial) Preface. Introduction. Nitration and nitrating agents. Nitration of aromatic systems. Structures and physico-chemical properties of nitro compounds. Reactivity of aromatic nitro compounds. Photochemistry of nitro compounds. Nitro derivatives of benzene, toluene and other aromatics. Heat resistant explosives. Aliphatic nitro compounds. Difluoroamino compounds. Nitrate esters (O-nitro compounds). Production of nitrate esters. Carbohydrate nitrates. N-nitro compounds. Explosive polymers. Recovery of spent acids. Salts of nitric acid and of oxy-acids of chlorine. Primary explosives: initiators, initiating explosives, IE. Black powder (gun powder). Commercial (mining) explosives. The manufacture of commercial (mining) explosives. Liquid explosives. Smokeless powder. Composite propellants. Problems of safety in the manufacture and handling of explosives. Toxicity of explosives. Indexes.