Gunpowder FAQs:


Q: Is gunpowder classified as a low explosive because of its relatively slow decomposition rate and consequently low brisance?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder also being made or stored at other Royal castles?

A: Yes, such as Portchester.

Q: Is gunpowder a low explosive?

A: Yes, so it does not detonate but rather deflagrates.

Q: Were gunpowders classified RFG with diameter of one or two millimeters and RLG for grain diameters between two and six millimeters?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gunpowder such a nervous and sensitive spirit?

A: Yes, that in almost every process of manufacture it changes under our hands as the weather changes.

Q: Is gunpowder sometimes marked by a linguistic process where old words acquired new meanings?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder greatly reduced?

A: Yes, and which coincided with the decline of its military might.

Q: Was gunpowder bought from eastern Europe?

A: Yes, and particularly from what was then the German Democratic Republic and former Yugoslavia.

Q: Was gunpowder later prohibited by the colonial Dutch occupiers?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder being made in 1346 at the Tower of London?

A: Yes, a powder house existed at the Tower in 1461; and in 1515 three King's gunpowder makers worked there.

Q: Is gunpowder ready access to sources close to the events described?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder from 30% to 300% more powerful?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder widely used to fill artillery shells and in mining and civil engineering to blast rock until the second half of the 19th century?

A: Yes, when the first high explosives were put into use.

Q: Is gunpowder to decrease the ignition temperature?

A: Yes.

Q: Was gunpowder changed to 65% saltpeter?

A: Yes, and 20% charcoal and 15% sulfur.

Q: Was gunpowder used by ancient Hindus was first mentioned in the eighteenth century by some Sanskrit scholars?

A: Yes.

Q: Is gunpowder no longer used in modern explosive military warheads, nor is it used as main explosive in mining operations due to its cost relative to that of newer alternatives such as ammonium nitrate/fuel oil?

A: Yes, Black powder is still used as a delay element in various munitions where its slow-burning properties are valuable.

Q: Was gunpowder invented in the 9th century in China?

A: Yes, and the earliest record of a written formula for gunpowder appears in the 11th century Song dynasty text, Wujing Zongyao.

Q: Was gunpowder invented in China?

A: Yes, and spread through the Middle East, and then into Europe, although there is a dispute over how much the Chinese advancements in gunpowder warfare influenced later advancements in the Middle East and Europe.