Accession Number : AD0701876

Title :   THE EFFECTS OF REACTOR IRRADIATION ON THE CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF SOLID EXPLOSIVES.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER N J

Personal Author(s) : Ribaudo,Charles ; Mallay,James ; Matsuguma,Harold J.

Report Date : JAN 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 74

Abstract : A study was made of TNT, HMX/EXON (9505), DATB, and PETN which had been irradiated in a nuclear reactor to determine chemical changes induced by the irradiation. Chemical changes (stability) were determined by infrared spectrophotometric, x-ray diffraction, and differential thermal analysis of the post-irradiated explosives. In addition, a similar study of nitrocellulose-base propellants was carried out. From the data obtained, the order of decreasing chemical stability under irradiation was DATB, HNX/EXON, TNT, PETN, and the nitrocellulose-base propellants; DATB was found to be the most stable. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*EXPLOSIVES, *RADIATION CHEMISTRY), TNT, HMX, PETN, INFRARED SPECTRA, X RAY DIFFRACTION, DIFFERENTIAL THERMAL ANALYSIS, NITROCELLULOSE, SOLID ROCKET PROPELLANTS

Subject Categories : Radiation and Nuclear Chemistry
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE