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Mesh & Sieving Information

US Sieve
Mesh number
US Sieve
Mesh number
US Sieve
Mesh number
4000 5 250 60 88 170
2000 10 210 70 74 200
841 20 177 80 63 230
595 30 149 100 53 270
420 40 125 120 44 325
297 50 105 140 37 400


General Solubility Information
The following is a listing of available materials that are (among other things) used as a binder in pyrotechnic type formulations. Those so marked with " * " preceding the item indicate that the material so used in solution, that is to say, it is dissolved in the appropriate solvent before mixing into the formulae. It should be noted that all of these materials may be used in solution but those so noted must be dissolved first because of their more difficult to solvise properties. Do not allow complete solvation before evaporation and drying the mixture resulting in adhesive bond failure. Some of these materials may take as long as 24 hours at room temperature to completely dissolve.
If maximum strength is required, binder solutions should be used instead of moistening the dry mixture containing the binder. A solution allows a more thorough, homogenous mixing with adequate wet-out and a cured strength many times greater than the same binder when used dry.
Those so indicated with "+" also have good moistureproofing properties (some better than others) because they are impervious to moisture themselves and seal the ingredients in the formula that are hygroscopic from the air and moisture they may otherwise absorb from it.

Resin and/or Binder Dissolves in
Asphaltum (solution advised but may be used in dry form Toluene, turpentine & other hydrocarbon solvents
*+ Calcium Resinate Toluene, MEK
*+ Cellulose Acetate Acetone
Cellulose Gum Warm water
Dextrine Water
Guar Gum Water
Gum Arabic (acacia gum) Water
Hydroxyehtyl (HEC) Water
*+ Linseed Oil Hydrocarbon solvents
*+ Nitrocellulose Lacquer (lacquer may be thinned) Acetone, MEK, Methanol
*+ Paraffin Oil (mineral oil) None required
*+ Parlon, chlorinated rubber Acetone, Xylene
Phenolic Resin, Bakelite (TM) (solution advised, but may be used in dry form) Acetone, Ethanol
*+ Polybutadiene (PBAN, R-45, etc) plasticizer (curative required)
*+ Polyester Resin Plasticizer (curative required
*+ Polystyrene Toluene & other hydrocarbon solvents
*+ Polysulfide Resin Plasticizer (curatives, etc.)
*+ Polyvinyl Alcohol Boiling Water
*+ Polyvinyl Chloride Methylene chloride, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Cyclohexane
Red Gum Alcohol
Rosin (sticky, much easier to use in solution) Alcohol & hydrocarbon solvents
*+ Rubber Benzene, Benzine
*+ Saran Resin (solution advised)     slowly in Acetone Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Cyclohexanone
Shellac Alcohol
Sodium Carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) Water
*+ Sodium Silicate (solution may be thinned if necessary) Water (heat resisting binder)
Starch Warm Water
*+ Styrene Resin Toluene, Methylene Chloride
* Vinsol Resin (solution advised but may be used in dry form) Alcohol, Ketones, Hydrocarbon solvents
*+ Vinyl Resin Toluene, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Acetone


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