What Is Ammonium Nitrate?
Ammonium Nitrate is a white crystalline solid. It is commonly used in the fertilizer industry, in cold packs, and in the production of yeast, antibiotics, and industrial explosives. Ammonium nitrate is an oxidizer, meaning it accelerates the burning of combustible materials, so it’s very useful in the mining industry as the main component of ANFO (ammonium nitrate fuel oil), a common explosive. Capable of coalescing into a single mass, this chemical requires a tight container to avoid absorbing moisture from the air.
Ammonium Nitrate is not combustible, but it has lately been on the news for disasters caused by explosions. As a strong oxidizing agent, the chemical should be segregated from combustible materials to avoid such disasters. It should also be separate from other chemicals such as chromium and copper salts, urea, acids and alkalis. As the chemical is hygroscopic, the tight containers should be stored in a well-ventilated area. The chemical can undergo explosive decomposition when heated in a confined space, so it should be stored in a cool area with proper fire suppression systems. Storage construction should be made of fire-proof materials to further protect the chemical from fire hazards. U.S. Chemical Storage offers fully compliant, customizable storage solutions for your Ammonium Nitrate storage needs, including climate controlled storage, explosion relief construction, and explosion proof accessories such as fire suppression systems and ventilation.
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