By Tenney L. Davis
The current quantity comprises in a single binding the complete contents of quantity I, first released in may well, 1941, and the entire contents of quantity II which was once released in March, 1943. The booklet used to be basically for chemists. The writing of it was once started out so that a textbook should be on hand for using scholars within the path in powder and explosives which the writer gave for roughly two decades (nearly each year because the first global conflict) to fourth-year and graduate scholars of chemistry and of chemical engineering on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.... the purpose of the publication has been too defined as truly and apparently as attainable and as absolutely as appeared ecocnomic the modes of habit, either actual and chemical, of explosive ingredients, no matter if those modes locate functional software or now not. old fabric has been integrated the place it was once concept that it contributed to this finish, and has no longer been incorporated in different places or for the other cause. it's a undeniable fact that a data of the background of rules, of folks, or of items produces whatever of an analogous sympathetic realizing of them that residing with them and dealing with them does. --- excerpts from book's Preface
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Hard, compressed grains of black powder are not porous—the sulfur appears to have colloidal properties and to fill completely 15 John Bate, "The Mysteries of Nature and Art," second edition, London, 1635, p. 95. DEVELOPMENT OF BLACK POWDER 41 the spaces between the small particles of the other components— and the grains are poor conductors of heat. When they are lighted, they burn progressively from the surface. The area of the surface of an ordinary grain decreases as the burning advances, the grain becomes smaller and smaller, the rate of production of gas decreases, and the duration of the whole burning depends upon the dimension of the original grain.
1781, Bishop Watson................................. 0 It is a remarkable fact, and one which indicates that the improvements in black powder have been largely in the methods of manufacture, that the last three of these formulas correspond very closely to the composition of all potassium nitrate black powder for military and sporting purposes which is used today. 8 formulas 14 An interesting and well-documented account of the history of black powder and of other explosives may be found in Molinari and Quartieri'a "Notizie sugli esplodenti in Italia," Milano, 1913.
Take saltpeter one pound, brimstone half a pound, gunpowder foure ounces, this must be bound up in paper or little ragges, and afterwards primed. Another receipt for Starres. 3 The iron scale which John Bate used in certain of his rocket 2 F. Malthus (Francois de Malthe), "Treatise of Artificial Fireworks," 1629; Robert Norton, "The Gunner," 1628. 3 John Bate, "The Mysteries of Nature and Art," London, 1635, Second Part, p. 101. 54 PYROTECHNICS FIGURE 21. " A "green man," such as might walk at the head of a procession, is shown scattering sparks from a fire club.