Ammonium Nitrate

Ammonium Nitrate (AN), meeting the requirements of UN1942.

The chemical compound ammonium nitrate, the nitrate of ammonia with the chemical formula NH4NO3, is a white crystalline solid at room temperature and standard pressure. It is commonly used in agriculture as a high-nitrogen fertilizer, and it has also been used as an oxidizing agent in explosives, including improvised explosive devices. It is the main component of ANFO and emulsion explosives which account for over 80% explosives used in Australia.

AN used for ANFO manufacture is referred to as PPAN meaning Porous Prilled Ammonium Nitrate.

Prilled is the term for a small aggregate of a material, most often a dry sphere, formed from a melted liquid

Porous because the prills contain voids to soak up the diesel fuel.

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