Chemical Explosives and Rocket Propellants

  • Walter B. Sudweeks
  • George M. Clark
  • Felix M. Chen


Without explosives we probably would still be riding around in horse-drawn carriages; yet when most people think of explosives, they think only of bombs and artillery shells used in warfare. It appears, however, that more explosives have been used in industry for peaceful purposes than in all the wars put together.1,2 According to U.S. Bureau of Mines reports, industrial consumption of explosives in the United States alone totaled nearly 110 billion lb from 1912 through 1989.3 Industrial explosives are currently being produced in the United States at a rate of nearly 5 billion lb/year.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter B. Sudweeks
    • 1
  • George M. Clark
    • 2
  • Felix M. Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Section on Chemical ExplosivesIRECO, Inc.USA
  2. 2.Section on Rocket PropellantsAerojet Propulsion DivisionUSA

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