MLA Citation: Bloomfield, Louis A. "Question 451"
How Everything Works 22 Jul 2018. 22 Jul 2018 <http://howeverythingworks.org/print1.php?QNum=451>.
451. What is plastic explosives made of?
I don't know for sure, but I suspect that they are plasticized materials (polymer molecules and softening chemicals) in which either the polymer molecule or the plasticizer or both are explosives. Actually, I just looked it up and found that it is based on RDX (a nitrated form of hexamethylenetetramine). The RDX is mixed with oils, waxes, and plasticizers to make a stiff putty. That being the case, it isn't really based on polymer molecules so that the name "plastic" refers more to its ability to assume different shapes at will.

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