alfred nobel T.N.T
the history of TNT
- Born: October 21, 1833 in Stockholm, Sweden
- Died: December 10, 1896 in San Remo, Italy
- Nationality: Swedish
- Occupation: Chemist
Owner of more than 350 patented inventions during his lifetime, Nobel is best known as the discoverer of dynamite and the man who upon his death bequeathed much of his large estate to support the annual Nobel Prizes for accomplishments in physics, chemistry, economics, science and medicine, literature, and the promotion of peace.
basic info on dynamite
It is usually sold in the form of a stick roughly eight inches (20 cm) long and one inch (2.5 cm) in diameter but other sizes also exist.
Dynamite is considered a "high explosive", which means it detonates rather than deflagrates.
The chief uses of dynamite used to be in construction, mining and demolition.
However, newer explosives and techniques have replaced dynamite in many applications.
Dynamite is still used, mainly as bottom charge or in underwater blasting.
Myth: TNT and Dynamite are the same thing
In fact, TNT and dynamite are not the same thing at all, contrary to what the Road Runner and Wiley coyote would have you believe. Dynamite doesn’t actually contain TNT, but rather is comprised of an absorbent mixture soaked in nitroglycerin, which is extremely sensitive to shock, unlike TNT; this is then wrapped in paper and voila, dynamite. TNT or trinitrotuluene is a yellow chemical compound that was originally used as a yellow dye, but later was used as an explosive material due to a variety of convenient features it has, such as being very safe to transport.
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