The Preparatory Manual of Black Powder and Pyrotechnics, version 1.4

eBook (PDF), 674 Pages
(2 Ratings)
Price: $19.95
The Preparatory Manual of Black Powder and Pyrotechnics is a new recipe Handbook discussing the worlds most commonly used pyrotechnic compositions. The book contains multiple sections on pyrotechnics including black powder, high performance rocket propellants and gun propellants, general pyrotechnic compositions, specialty and experimental compositions, and fireworks. The book even includes sections on specialty pyrotechnic compositions such as incendiary compositions, cloud seeding compositions, and pyrotechnic welding compositions. All compositions are discussed in great detail with complete processes for manufacture. The book discusses a total of 1187 pyrotechnic compositions all with a variety of uses, and methods of production. Version 1.4 is the same as the original version, but includes updated hazard information, and a test and review section.
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  • By Tibor Szekeres
    Nov 19, 2014
    This book is a joke. A bad joke. The book contains many misinformation, most of them are lethal if somebody try it. The described "technologies" are made with the copy/paste method, in many case the described methods would cause explosions "in-situ". Some example just as is: -In many cases the compound's descriptions are inaccurate or false. ie: ammonium picramate - The author suggest to use ammonium chorate in pyrotechnic components albeit this material is unstable, and can detonate easily. No-one, nowhere use it. -The author suggest to use ball milling for compositions which are containing potassium chlorate/perchlorate and metal powders and/or organic fuels. This process will detonate the mill. - In many ball milling process the writer suggests absolute bad/incompatible components which will cause explosions during the process. Ie.: ethyl ether as moistener, metallic rubidium powder (?? mp.38 deg. C, pyrophoric), sodium/aluminium hydrides in intimate mixtures... More > with chorates/perchlorates radium metal as fuel in smoke comp. ????? etc, etc, etc. I don't know why this book is written may be to decrease the number of the beginners who has not enough educated to find the traps in the text.< Less
  • By Adam
    Oct 15, 2009
    "A must for the engineer / scientist / hobbyist" OK, the author needs to improve his grammar and spelling in some of the more lenghty pieces, but you can't fault him for compiling a mammoth collection (spanning over 600 pages) of pyrotechnic formulations, information and technique. There are many thousands of industry, military and commercial formulae and buying the books / papers to aquire them by other means would set you back hundreds, if not thousands of £. Others have mentioned the accuracy of the formulas contained within (likely relating to the older version [pre 1.4]), and although a quick look does not show anything problematic, as always, sensible and knowledgable people capable of understanding and analysing the mixes and methods described should find the book a delightful reference material. Having served many years in the industry I can happily recommend this book as a to-the-point reference containing thousands of useful and interesting formulae.
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Jared Ledgard
October 1, 2011
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