The Solid Propellant Engineering Series : Volume 1
for Experimental & Amateur Rocket Scientists
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.
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."
CHAPTER 1: HAZARDS AND SAFETY
Safe Working Conditions
General Methods of Handling
Safety Incompatible Materials
Other Incompatible Materials
Pyrophorics and Hypergolics
Handling Black Powder
Handling Flash Powder
Industry Safety Standards and Procedures
Classification of Hazardous Materials
Shipping Hazardous Materials
CHAPTER 2: CHEMICALS
Reactivity and Inertness
Toxic and Hazardous Chemicals
CHAPTER 3: CHEMICAL MILLING AND MIXING
Granulation, Grinding, and Screening
Mortar and Pestle
Mixing and Blending
CHAPTER 4: PYROTECHNIC COMPOSITIONS AND FORMULATIONS
Solid-Fuel Rocket Propellants
Ignitability and Reactivity
Rate of Burn
General Chemistry of Pyrotechnic Formulations
Metallic Fuel Treatments
Counteracting Acids in Formulations
Particularly Dangerous Formulations
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
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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