All slurries contain a gelatinizing agent and their consistency varies from easily pourable to hard solid. Polyvinyl alcohol, guar gum, dextran gums, urea-formaldehyde resins are the typical gelling agents.
They are frequently used as cartridge explosives because they are much easier to load into large casings. With water gel explosives, filling a bomb is merely a matter of pouring the material into the casing. Traditionally explosives are ordinarily cast into the casing. This process is laborious and the charge may begin to shrink creating multiple voids. A final advantage of slurry is that it can be stored in non-explosive component form and sensitized into field-manufactured explosive as it is needed. The explosive may be senzitized by the addition of gas, metal powder, or another explosive such as TNT, RDX, HMX, or PETN. The water in water-gel explosives is converted into a reactant by the addition of large amount of aluminum. Water-gel explosives represent the majority of the blasting agents used in the commercial market and have almost completely displaced dynamite.
Violence with growing sophistication; Cellphone-triggered car bomb marks escalation in Mexican drug cartels' tactics
Jul 22, 2010; The car bomb that exploded near the U.S. border in Ciudad Juarez last week was a sophisticated device never before seen in...