nitrocellulose propellant

nitrocellulose propellant

[¦nī·trō′sel·yə‚lōs prə′pel·ənt]
(materials)
A single-base propellant whose main constituent is nitrocellulose, with only minor percentages of additives for stabilizing and other purposes.
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22-caliber bullet with a short cylinder of exposed, nitrocellulose propellant affixed to its base.
A ball check valve released the super-heated air to come in contact with and ignite the nitrocellulose propellant attached to the base of the 29-grain lead bullet.
Nitrocellulose propellants, Explosive D and fuzing extended naval gunfire's range and effects.
Realistically, there will be no truly exponential gains in projectile velocity as long as we're using nitrocellulose propellants.
To avoid the destruction that could occur from the self-ignition of this propellant, the Department of Defense (DOD) bas established a program for testing ammunition stocks to determine the thermal stability of the nitrocellulose propellants they contain.