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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...appearance it is a loose, soft, readily-moulded substance of buff color. It freezes at 40 degrees F. In the second class of dynamites, and all the other nitro-glycerine mixtures, the absorbent is itself an explosive, as the nitrates of potassium and sodium, resin, wood fibre, etc. Under this class comes the most powerful, and, it is believed, the best of all the high explosives--blasting gelatine, or gun-dynamite. Blasting Gelatine is made by dissolving in 92 parts of nitro-glycerine, 8 parts of collodion guncotton. The mixture gelatinizes into a solid state. In appearance it is a gelatinous, elastic, pale yellow substance, with a specific gravity of 1.6. It can be cut with a knife, rolled into strips and formed into any required shape. It is not affected by water, and does not require any particular care in its handling or transportation. Explosive gelatine differs from blasting gelatine by the presence of a small amount of camphor--usually 89, 7 and 4 per cent. respectively of nitro-glycerine, nitro-cotton and camphor. Forcite gelatine has 95 per cent. of nitro-gelatine and 5 per cent. of unnitrated cellulose. The presence of camphor in the compound renders it practically insensible to shock. Under these conditions only a powerful primer will explode it. Rifle bullets fired into it at short range will not. It is believed to possess both mechanical and chemical stability, and by mixing camphor with it, its insensibility may be augmented at will. As shown below, its explosive power is greater than that of any other explosive now in use. The relative force of the various high explosives is differently given by different authorities; that of Nobel's Explosive Company, of Glasgow, is as follows, taking blasting-gelatine as 100, and comparing...

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