cellulose nitrate


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cellulose nitrate

n.
A pulpy or cottonlike polymer derived from cellulose treated with sulfuric and nitric acids and used in the manufacture of explosives and plastics. Also called nitrocellulose.
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"When cellulose nitrate products are heated to temperatures above 300[degrees]F, decomposition starts, which generates further heat and soon raises the material to its ignition temperature," the handbook continued.
Cellulose acetate, which replaced cellulose nitrate in the late 1940s, was touted as both safer (which was certainly true) and more permanent, which it also was--for a while.
Flexible film base was made possible firstly by the development of by cellulose nitrate base (prior to 1950), cellulose acetate (1950 -~1985) which provided fire resistance over the earlier nitrate films, and finally highly stable polyester-based microfilms (safety-film) that are common today.