Ammonium Nitrate Dynamite

Other Names

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Nobel gave the name Dynamite to mixtures of nitroglycerin and kieselguhr. Later it was found that stronger Dynamites could be made by substituting sodium nitrate and a combustible absorbent for the kieselguhr. Subsequently, the replacement of part of the nitroglycerin and sodium nitrate by Ammonium Nitrate brought into existence the less costly "Ammonia Dynamite" (Ammonium Nitrate Dynamite).

Ammonium Nitrate Dynamites are used universally for blasting operations. Because of their great heaving force and relatively low rate of detonation, they are used primarily for blasting soft rock & earth.


FSTC 381-5042, Handbook of Foreign Explosives (1965)