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Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles and Theory, Second Editionby John A. Conkling
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Primarily driven by advancing technology and concerns for safety, advancement in the world of pyrotechnics and high-energy materials has exploded in the past 25 years. The promulgation of new government regulations places new and more stringent restrictions on the materials that may be used in energetic mixtures. These regulations now mandate numerous training programs, and initiate other actions, such as OSHA 's Process Safety Management standard, intended to eliminate accidents and incidents. Unfortunately, the US lacks an organized, broad-range academic program to cover the science and use of energetic materials and educate the next generation of pyrotechnicians.
Designed as a bridge to allow a smooth and confident transition for personnel coming from a chemistry background into the practical world of explosives, Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles and Theory, Second Edition emphasizes basic chemical principles alongside practical, hands-on knowledge in the preparation of energetic mixtures. It examines the interactions between and adaptations of pyrotechnics to changing technology in areas such as obscuration science and low-signature flame emission.
Much more than a simple how-to guide, the book discusses chemical and pyrotechnic principles, components of high-energy mixtures, and elements of ignition, propagation, and sensitivity. It offers heat compositions, including ignition mixes, delays, thermites, and propellants and investigates the production of smoke and sound as well as light and color.
Promoting the growth and expansion of pyrotechnics as a science, Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles and Theory, Second Edition provides practitioners with the ability to apply chemical principles and logic to energetic materials and thereby make the field as productive, useful, and safe as possible.
Book News Annotation:
During the years since the 1985 first edition was produced, much has changed in the fireworks business, say Conkling and Mocella (both chemistry, Washington College, Maryland), such as new regulations protecting the safety of operators and the public, regular scientific gatherings, organizations, and journals. Incorporating new information and current perspectives, they continue to set out the fundamentals of the chemistry involved. Their topics include basic chemical principles, components of high-energy mixtures, pytotechnic principles, ignition and propagation, sensitivity, heat compositions, color and light production, and smoke and sound. The book could be used as a text in a college course if any were being offered anywhere in the US, but otherwise can serve as a tutorial for beginners and a reference for old hands. A battery of color photographs is included. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Second Edition is simply the most definitive reference in this field. Author J.A. Conkling covers the requisite background in chemistry, thermodynamics, and light emission; introduces oxidizing agents, fuels, binders, and retardants; and then explores virtually every aspect of formulating pyrotechnics. Topics include the requirements for and preparation of high-energy mixtures, ignition and propagation, heat and delay compositions, and color and light production, including sparks, flitter, and glitter"--
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