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Chemistry of Pyrotechnics: Basic Principles and Theory [Kindle Edition]

John A. Conkling , Chris Mocella
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Book Description

A perennial bestseller, Chemistry of Pyrotechnics and Explosives: Basic Principles and Theory, is simply the most definitive reference in this field. Author J.A. Conkling first covers the requisite background in chemistry, thermodynamics, and light emission, introduces oxidizing agents, fuels, binders, and retardants, 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. The journal Pyrotechnica said this book "…belongs on every pyrotechnist's bookshelf."

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…belongs on every pyrotechnist's bookshelf.

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  • File Size: 2562 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (July 2, 1985)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TU1WYG
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This is a book that discusses chemistry, on perhaps a freshmancollegiate level (or slightly lower), with an emphasis on thechemistry that occurs in pyrotechnic devices. It is intersting in that it references chemical mixtures from both military and entertainment pyrotechnics. Somewhat overpriced. Does not cover construction of fireworks, nor are the example formulas extensive enough to make this a usefull refernce for the pyrotechnic hobbyist. However, it is educational, and will teach you what is going on, along with some of the why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Any Pyrotechnician or Amateur Rocketeer September 25, 2008
At first I thought it was overpriced, but take a look and compare any technical book with packed with this much information. There's tons of information to digest and make notes on. Whether you're interested in pyrotechnics, understanding the chemistry of different compounds to use in rocket motors or fireworks. It's not meant as a how-to on either but the understanding of why certain chemicals are or are not mixed together, how they react in different ways. It will hopefully help you to be careful if you attempt anything along these lines. I for one glad I bought it and would have paid more now that I know how much information is in it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good explanation of pyrochemistry February 7, 2013
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A really good presentation of pyrochemistry, but very technical. Probably requires courses in college chemistry to fully appreciate this volume.
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