Cordite is widely used as a smokeless propellant. Cordite was produced by the United Kingdom from 1889, with the objective of replacing black powder. However, like black powder, cordite is classified as a “blasting explosive” because of its slow combustion, resulting in low breakage.It is often called “smokeless powder”, although it is not really a powder but an explosive with the appearance of a yellowish to brown plastic.
Cordite has good propellant properties and is generally safe to handle. If ignited in the open it burns; it may be subjected to considerable shock without detonating, e.g. bullets fired through packages of C. fail to explode it. It is waterproof and remains unaltered for a considerable time, even when in contact with metallic envelopes. With suitable precautions it is safe for transport and storage for many years. It is customary for stored and to be tested for chemical stability at regular intervals and its use to be limited to a certain number of years in accordance with these tests, after which it is destroyed.
We Can Classify Cordite Gunpowder In.
Propellant : it burns more slowly and steadily, it is the gunpowder used in munitions.
Explosive, from medium to high-speed burning and therefore generating high gas volume at high speeds, producing an explosion if confined. In practice, it is used primarily for fireworks (black powder).Smokeless gunpowder is a compound of nitrocellulose and other elements, and is the propellant of today’s modern ammunition, obtained from complex manufacturing processes.
Gunpowder is perhaps the most remarkable invention to translate man’s incredible ability to be beautiful and destructive at the same time.Classic (explosive) gunpowder consists of 75% of Salitre, 15% of coal and 10% of sulfur. The main component nitrate or sodium nitrate, whose chemical composition is NaNO 3 , has high combustion and explosion power.