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Het gemak dat je overal dezelfde breakcharge voor kunt pakken. Bij mij zit MCRH in alles namelijk. Pulverone vind ik relatief een gedoe om te maken ook.


Break sterkte hangt af van je basis materiaal/kracht bp, hoeveelheid en soort booster maar natuurlijk ook de pasting. In dat filmpje wat ik laatst poste zie je goed de verschillen.

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  • 11 months later...

Ter aanvulling.

MCRH is per volume-eenheid lichter in gewicht dan pulverone. Door MCRH te gebruiken kan er daardoor (ook) bespaart worden op de hoeveelheid stijglading. 

Why coat the BP onto rice hulls?

In ball shells smaller than 4-inches or so, granulated black powder works just fine to burst the shells. But once we reach 4-inch shells and larger, granulated BP simply gets too heavy for that purpose.

A 12-inch single-petal ball shell has an area of approximately 450 cubic inches inside its stars that needs to be filled with burst powder.

But what kind of burst powder?

Well, commercial 2FA black powder has a density of 0.6 ounces per cubic inch. So if those 450 cubic inches were filled with 2FA burst powder, it would require 270 ounces of that powder: almost 17 pounds.

But in “Fireworks, the Art, Science and Technique,” Dr. Shimizu recommends 85 ounces of burst charge in that shell–about 5.3 pounds. But the weight of 2FA burst powder is three times that.

Obviously we have to find some way of filling that volume with a burst charge that only contains about 85 ounces of black powder.

By coating the black powder on a “carrier,” such as rice hulls, cotton seeds or cork bits, we can accomplish that desired reduction in the density of the burst charge used in the shell.

Why use rice hulls? Primarily because they are the easiest and cheapest carrier to get in the US.

Black powder coated on rice hulls, in a ratio of 7:1 by weight, results in a burst charge with a density of approximately 0.25 ounces per cubic inch. That is the actual amount of black powder per cubic inch, not including the weight of the rice hulls.

At that 0.25 ounces per cubic inch, the 450 cubic inches in the 12-inch single petal shell would contain 112.5 ounces of black powder bursting charge.

That’s getting down into the range of Dr. Shimizu’s recommendation. And, with a double-petal shell, where more volume is occupied by stars, and less by burst charge, the coated hulls would contain just the right amount of BP. Some of this depends on the size of the stars that are used, of course.

So, we coat black powder on rice hulls to lower the density and weight of the burst charge.

The resulting black powder coating is also much thinner than 2FA granules would be, so it burns much more rapidly than the solid granules would. That results in a very rapid pressure spike, and a strong bursting of the shell, with large star-pattern size and good symmetry to it.

Some experimentation is required in the long run to dial in the perfect burst charge and shell construction for optimum shell bursts. Burst powder strength, the amount of it in the shell, the amount of paper pasted on the shell, etc.–all contribute to the performance of a shell.


Bron: H. Gilliam, Skylighter

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