Characteristics

a. Requirements of demolition explosives for efficient, and safe operation are a minimum of sensitivity, including insensitivity to bullet impact yet sufficient sensitivity to be positively detonated by simple initiators, relatively high detonation rate and power consistent with required insensitivity, storage stability at temperatures between —80° and 165° F., suitability for underwater use, and of optimum size and shape for convenient, handling.

Characteristics used to aid in determining the appropriate explosive for a given operation are listed in table L As general rules, the relative effectiveness of an explosive is proportional to the detonating rate, the high detonating rate explosives are more effective for the more intensive operations, such as cutting steel or breaching, and the lower detonating rate explosives are more effective for the bulkier operations, such as cratering.

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