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EXPLOSIVE FORMULAS Once again persons reading this material should never attempt to produce any of the explosives described here It is illegal and extremely dangerous to do so Loss of life and limbs could easily result from a failed or successful attempt to produce any explosives or hazardous chemicals These procedures are correct however many of the methods given here are usually scaled down industrial procedures and therefore may be better suited to large scale production Explosive Theory An explosive is any material that when ignited by heat shock or chemical reaction undergoes rapid decomposition or oxidation This process releases energy that is stored in the material The energy in the form of heat and light is released when the material breaks down into gaseous compounds that occupy a much larger volume that the explosive did originally Because this expansion is very rapid the expanding gasses displace large volumes of air This expansion often occurs at a speed greater than the speed of sound creating a shockwave similar to the sonic boom produced by high-speed jet planes Explosives occur in several forms high order explosives detonating explosiveslow order explosives deflagrating explosives primers and some explosives which can progress from deflagrating to detonation All high order explosives are capable of detonation Some high order explosives may start out burning deflagration and progress to detonation A detonation can only occur in a high order explosive Detonation is caused by a shockwave that passes through a block of the high explosive material High explosives consist of molecules with many high-energy bonds The shockwave breaks apart the molecular bonds between the atoms of the material at a rate approximately equal to the speed of sound traveling through that substance Because high explosives are generally solids or liquids this speed can be much greater than the speed of sound in air Unlike low-explosives the fuel and oxidizer in a high-explosive are chemically bonded and this bond is usually too strong
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