Nitrocellulose

Lacquer Nitrocellulose
November 26, 2020
Alpha cellulose
November 26, 2020

Appearance: Yellowish white cotton-like filaments

Packaging: Granular NC is packed in laminate bags and alcohol NC packed in fiber drums.

Usage: used in rockets, propellants, printing ink bases, leather finishing, and celluloid

Nitrocellulose (also known as cellulose nitrate, flash paper, flash cotton, guncotton, pyroxylin and flash string) is a highly flammable compound formed by nitrating cellulose through exposure to nitric acid, or to a mixture of nitric acid and another acid, usually either hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid, or to another powerful nitrating agent. One of its first major uses was as guncotton, a replacement for gun powder as propellant in firearms. It was also used to replace gunpowder as a low-order explosive in mining and other applications. Because of their fluffy and nearly white appearance, nitrocellulose products are often referred to as cottons, e.g. lacquer cotton, celluoid cotton, and gun cotton. Guncotton was originally made from cotton (as the source of cellulose) but contemporary methods use highly processed cellulose from wood pulp.