What is high explosive?
: an explosive (such as TNT) that generates gas with extreme rapidity and has a shattering effect..
What are the two types of high explosives?
Detonating explosives, such as TNT and dynamite, are characterized by extremely rapid decomposition and development of high pressure, whereas deflagrating explosives, such as black and smokeless powders, involve merely fast burning and produce relatively low pressures.
How are explosives categorized?
Explosives are categorized as high-order explosives (HE) or low-order explosives (LE). HE produce a defining supersonic over-pressurization shock wave. Examples of HE include TNT, C-4, Semtex, nitroglycerin, dynamite, and ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO).
What are primary high explosives?
Primary high explosives are extremely sensitive to mechanical shock, friction, and heat, to which they will respond by burning rapidly or detonating. Secondary high explosives, also called base explosives, are relatively insensitive to shock, friction, and heat.
What are examples of high explosives?
Examples of primary high explosives are:Acetone peroxide.Alkali metal ozonides.Ammonium permanganate.Ammonium chlorate.Azidotetrazolates.Azoclathrates.Benzoyl peroxide.Benzvalene.More items…
What is the fastest explosive?
OctanitrocubaneOctanitrocubane has a detonation velocity of 10,100 m/s, making it the fastest known explosive.