Zukovich, Morhard & Wade, LLC is a design engineering firm that specializes in projects involving explosive, propellants and pyrotechnics with extensive experiences in explosive and detonator manufacturing in the US and in more than 95 countries world-wide. Zukovich, Morhard & Wade, LLC provides technical services for most of the world's multinational industrial explosives manufacturers.
Design, permitting, regulatory compliance, public affairs, fabrication, commissioning, maintenance and technical support for forty-four (44) new or upgraded emulsion explosives manufacturing facilities over the careers of the Zukovich, Morhard & Wade, LLC founding partners.
Our partners US Patents form the basis for almost a third of the world’s nine million tons consumed each year.
Chosen by the US Government’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Alliant TechSystems, Inc. to solve technical problem of recycling former Soviet Union SS-24 and SS-19 ICBM propellant into emulsion explosives in Ukraine.
Provides technical services for manufacturing and safety for eight of the top ten multinational explosives producers and the top three largest multinational mining companies.
This electron microscope photograph was captured 13 March 2009 at the Changsha Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, in Hunan Province, China.This outstanding photograph is an example of the advanced ZMW emulsion explosives technology that results in an ultra small and evenly distributed emulsion droplet.With droplets ranging from 960 nanometers to 3.44 micrometer this emulsion matrix contains a very efficient and intimate arrangement of fuels and oxidizers, assuring a high quality detonation and a long shelf life with no segregation.The emulsion matrix was produced with a Zukovich, Morhard & Wade, LLC formulation for underground coal mining or permissible explosive fabricated with Zukovich, Morhard & Wade, LLC designed equipment at the Changzhi Production Plant in Shanxi Province supported by Gang Ming and the excellent staff and engineers at Shenzhen King Explorer Science and Technology.
An emulsion is made up of a mixture of two liquids that do not normally mix with one another, as one liquid is oil-based, and the other liquid is water-based. When the appropriate emulsifier is present and enough mechanical energy is exerted, the two phases can be forced to blend together. Emulsion explosives are, therefore, prepared in the form of water-in-oil emulsions. The internal phase is composed of a solution of oxidizer salt suspended as microscopically fine droplets, which are surrounded by a continuous fuel phase. An emulsifying agent stabilizes the emulsion thus formed against liquid separation. Since each microcell of the oxidizer is coated with an oily exterior, the emulsion has excellent water resistance and does not rely on a pack-age for their ability to function efficiently in water. A bulking agent such as ultra fine air bubbles or glass microspheres may be then dispersed throughout the basic emulsion matrix, which provides for density control and sensitivity. What makes a water-in-oil emulsion particularly effi-cient is that the major component by weight is mixed into the minor component. This not only results in a finely dispersed, homogenous mixture, but one in which the oil phases constitutes the outside or continuous phase. It is this feature that imparts excellent water resistance to emulsion type explosives.