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tion present in a given quantity or batch is required. AP crystals are rounded (nearly ball shaped) to allow easier mixing than sharp, fractured crystals. They come in sizes ranging from about 600 ^m (l^m = 10~6 m) diameter to about 80 nm from the factory. Sizes below about 40 nm diameter are considered hazardous (can easily be ignited and sometimes detonated) and are not shipped; instead, the propellant manufacturer takes larger crystals and grinds them (at the motor factory) to the smaller sizes (down to 2 nm) just before they are incorporated into a propellant.
The inorganic nitrates are relatively low-performance oxidizers compared with perchlorates. However, ammonium nitrate is used in some applications because of its very low cost and smokeless and relatively nontoxic exhaust. Its principal use is with low-burning-rate, low-performance rocket and gas generator applications. Ammonium nitrate (AN) changes its crystal structure at several phase transformation temperatures. These changes cause slight changes in volume. One phase transformation at 32°C causes about a 3.4% change in volume. Repeated temperature cycling through this transition temperature creates tiny voids in the propellant, and causes growth in the grain and a change in physical or ballistic properties. The addition of a small amount
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