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The Rocket Scientist's Safety Manual

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The Solid Propellant Engineering Series : Volume 1
 

Safety Manual
for Experimental & Amateur Rocket Scientists
 
 

This book could save your life.
 
 

This is our best-selling book, for more than 10 years.

By a rocket engineer with more than 45 years working in pyrotechnic, fireworks, rocket, fuse, igniter, and explosives factories, this unique book is intended to save life and limb of anyone thinking about mixing chemicals or building a rocket. 

Absolutely the best book around for the "hands-on" experimenter working with black powder or other rocket propellants, oxidizers, and fuels; rocket motors and pyro devices; blasting caps and detonators; and every kind of highly-energetic formulation.

Before you start weighing those ingredients, get this book and study it.  Beware of those incompatible chemical mixtures that can go off when you least expect it.  Know how to keep your body grounded while you work, preventing those tiny static electric charges that can end it all in a microsecond.  Learn the right ways--the safe ways--to powder and blend your chemicals.  This is knowledge that can save your life. Unless you're in the running for a Darwin Award, you need this book and the key information within.

The comprehensive text covers every segment of chemicals, grinding, mixing, blending, pressing, and formulating high-energy propellants.  This exceptional volume is not available anywhere else. 


CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1:  HAZARDS AND SAFETY

Introduction 
Prevention 
Containment 
Isolation 
Safe Working Conditions 
Fire Protection 
Static Electricity 
Storage Conditions 
Storage Magazines 
Air Contamination 
Toxic Chemicals 
Noise 
Basic Tools 
General Methods of Handling 
Safety Incompatible Materials 
About Chlorates
Other Incompatible Materials 
Pyrophorics and Hypergolics 
Weighing 
Scooping 
Mixing 
Handling Black Powder 
Handling Flash Powder 
Industry Safety Standards and Procedures 
Classification of Hazardous Materials 
Shipping Hazardous Materials 

CHAPTER 2:  CHEMICALS

Introduction 
Reactivity and Inertness 
Fuels 
Chlorates 
Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals 
Combustibility Properties 

CHAPTER 3:  CHEMICAL MILLING AND MIXING

Introduction 
Granulation, Grinding, and Screening 
Grinding Safety 
Mortar and Pestle 
Coffee Grinders 
Ball Milling 
Mixing and Blending 
Manual Mixing 
Diapering 
Screening 
Tumbler Sifting 
Mechanical Mixing 
V-Tube Mixing 

CHAPTER 4:  PYROTECHNIC COMPOSITIONS AND FORMULATIONS

Introduction 
Solid-Fuel Rocket Propellants 
Ignitability and Reactivity 
Rate of Burn 
General Chemistry of Pyrotechnic Formulations 
Fuel-Oxidizer Relationships 
Pyrotechnic Oxidizers 
Pyrotechnic Fuels 
Metallic Fuels 
Metallic Fuel Treatments 
Particle Size 
Composition Sensitivity 
Counteracting Acids in Formulations 
Particularly Dangerous Formulations 

APPENDICES

Appendix A:  Comprehensive List of Explosive Substances 
Appendix B:  Prohibited Chemicals Lists 
Appendix C:  NASA Safety Manual 
Appendix D:  The Legend of Santa Barbara 
Appendix E:  References for Further Studies about Safety 


This safety manual is also referenced by Dr. Terry McCreary in his excellent new book Experimental Composite Propellant:  "Provides a great deal of safety information that is not readily available to the experimenter.  Appears to be more technically correct than the average self-published book.  Highly recommended."
If you make, handle, test, or experiment with rockets, fireworks, pyrotechnic devices, or explosives of any kind, this book could save your life!   Prudent technicians will study it most carefully before commencing work, and keep it handy for convenient reference.

This is a new, limited-edition, printed with a high-resolution laser printer (not photocopied) on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper for years of reference use.   91 pages, 8.5-inches wide by 11.0-inches high, and quality-bound for a key place on your lab bench.  This exceptional volume is not available anywhere else.  ISBN 1-878628-00-3.  $19.95

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