Cyclonite is a highly explosive white solid in powder form that has no smell or taste. It is a synthetic product that does not occur naturally.
Cyclonite is second in explosive strength to nitroglycerin, and when compressed to a density of 1.7, it has a confined detonation velocity of 27,000 fps. It is used to make shaped charges for oil well perforators due to its high plasticity and detonation velocity.
Cyclonite is also known as Royal Demolition Explosive (RDX) or hexogen.
Trenchlesspedia Explains Cyclonite
Cyclonite is a powerful explosive commonly used in the oil industry and characterized by an extreme release of energy in a very short time. The detonation is basically a chemical reaction with certain variables controlling the speed of the reaction. This property of cyclonite is used in the oil well perforation process to establish a flow path between the reservoir and the wellbore. This is done by initiating a hole from the wellbore through the casing and any cement sheath into the producing zone.
Cyclonite’s chemical name is 1,3,5-Trinitro-1,3,5-triazine.