CHARECTERISTICS

  • Ammonium nitrate is a white crystalline compound

SOLUBILITY

  • Highly soluble in water

DENSITY

  • 1.725

MELTING POINT

169.6 degree Celsius

BOILING POINT

210 degree Celsius

SOURCE

It is prepared by the reaction of ammonia vapors on nitric acid

GRADES

Nitrogen ratio reflect the grades of teammonium nitrate.

20.5%

35.5 N

F G A N is a fertilizer grade.

HAZARDS:

It proves to be explosive at very high temperatures. The fire caused by the explosion can be extinguished with water. So it should be stored or kept in a cool away from explosives.

Ammonium nitrate is a strong oxidizing agent.  Chances of fire explosion can be reduced by mixing 10% to 15% ammonium nitrate in it.

The fertilizer manufacturing companies claim that ammonium nitrate  which is used as fertilizer is not explosive.

USES

  • Ammonium nitrate is used in manufacturing fertilizers and explosives
  • It is also used in anti bacterial and insect killing products.
  • This chemical compound is used in freezing mixtures too.

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