Glycerine, Vaseline and Soda Delivery and Storage ...
Glycerine was needed for its conversion into the explosive Nitroglycerine, Soda (Sodium Carbonate) was required to neutralise
waste acid from the Nitroglycerine to render it stable enough to use. Vaseline formed a part of the Cordite MD Dough, both
assisting with its pressing into 'cords' and lubricating and cooling gun barrels during firing. These three very essential
substances are less glamorous than the Acids, Guncotton and Acetone, but as important to the process of making cordite.
Nicholson provides a few details about the Glycerine, less about the Soda and nothing at all about the Vaseline. It is
fortunate that Wayne Cocroft's excellent online article of Chilworth .