As far as I'm aware (I may be misinformed) but I believe C4 - although very powerful - is not the most powerful. It is used for various purposes, such as precision explosions and also used to detonate much bigger bombs.
C4 is very stable and can be moulded like a dense putty. I understand that it takes compression and heat to set it off, just lighting it on fire will do nothing, it burns like one of those kerosene cubes they call 'fire lighters' or something. Military officers can use it as a candle by getting a small cube and lighting it. it burns slowly and as long as nothing hits it (like stamping out the flame suddenly or dropping something heavy on it or something) it is considered safe. C4 requires a blasting cap to set it off, which is a lil low powered explosive that is detonated from an electrical charge. u stab a hole in the C4 and push the blasting cap into it, then use a detonator to set off the blasting cap to set off the C4.
TNT, as I understand, is much more unstable and does not like to be exposed to flames and such. A more primative explosive it is, and much easier to set of with a tipical black powder fuse.
Dynamite, if I am correct, is the love child of TNT, more sophisticated by a margine, and less powerful if I remember correctly. It was much used in mining over the ages as it was a bit more refined than old TNT and more compact so a higher quantity could be carried. It was later replaced by its baby sister, Gelegnite or however its spelt, which is a lot less powerful, cheaper and more reliable I believe.
So my answer is, TNT is more powerful, Dynamite is the better alternative and more stable to TNT, but C4 is the most reliable, stable, safe and controlled/controllable of the three.
Just searching my brain for answer.
· 1 decade ago