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A Summary of Smokeless Powder – An Explosive Used in Firearms and Artillery

H L Kulkarni


A smokeless powder is made from 68.2% insoluble nitrocellulose, 29.8% soluble nitrocellulose gelatinized with ether and 2% paraffin. Smokeless gunpowder made from gelatinized nitrocellulose mixed with ether and alcohol, it was passed through rollers to form thin sheets, which were cut with a guillotine to flakes of the desired size. The present paper discussed about the smokeless powder used as an explosive in firearms and artillery.

Keywords: gunpowder, nitrocellulose, smokeless powder

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