Accession Number : AD0495002

Title :   Special Tests of Sensitivity of TNT

Descriptive Note : Progress rept. no. 3

Corporate Author : PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ

PDF Url : AD0495002

Report Date : 14 Aug 1942

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The deposition of finely-divided TNT in fume-ducts above TNT melting units has raised question as to whether such material represents a special hazard due to increased sensitivity. It has been found that condensed TNT consists of accretions of very small plates; and while it is more sensitive to impact and initiation than ordinary, crystalline TNT, it is less sensitive than tetryl. Its greater sensitivity than ordinary TNT is considered to be due to its fine state of subdivision. While more susceptible to decomposition by light than ordinary TNT, condensed TNT does not become markedly more sensitive to impact in the course of such decomposition. However, either condensed or crystalline TNT which has been decomposed by light is distinctly more sensitive than ordinary, crystalline TNT.

Descriptors :   *TNT, COLORS, CONDENSATION, CRYSTALS, DEPOSITION, DROP TESTS, EXPLOSIONS, HAZARDS, IMPACT, IMPURITIES, MELTING POINT, POWDERS, SENSITIVITY, TEST METHODS, TETRYL, ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION, VAPORS

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE