To: Flint; All
It has been around for about 100 years
A LOT more than 100 years. Nitrocellulosewas first employed as artificial Billiard balls in place of Ivory in the 1870's.
Further treating with more nitrate yielded Photographic film.
But tri-nitrating cotton gives "Gun Cotton", a starting point for Cordite, or "Smokeless Gunpowder".
posted on 10/14/2003 8:31:34 AM PDT
(Bush to Middle Class: Send your kids to DIE in Iraq while I send your LIVELIHOODS to INDIA!)
Old movie film was high in content. As a result the film stock was highly flammable bordering on explosive. We still have the hangover in movie film handling procedures and the elaborate precautions taken in projection rooms to prevent the spread of fire.
posted on 10/14/2003 9:02:04 AM PDT
I'm pretty sure modern ping-pong balls and guitar picks are made from nitrocellulose. Both burn energetically.
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