Accession Number : AD0706525

Title :   THE THERMAL DECOMPOSITION OF RDX AT TEMPERATURES BELOW THE MELTING POINT. I. COMMENTS ON THE MECHANISM,

Corporate Author : DEFENCE STANDARDS LABS MARIBYRNONG (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Batten,J. J. ; Murdie,D. C.

Report Date : 15 AUG 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Two mechanisms have recently been proposed to explain the behaviour of the initial rate of decomposition of RDX with change in sample geometry. These are (1) that the decomposition proceeds by concurrent gas and liquid phase reactions, and (2) that gaseous decomposition products influence the rate of decomposition of undecomposed RDX in the condensed phase. It is concluded that mechanism (2) is the more probable when the reaction is carried out in the presence of nitrogen.

Descriptors :   (*RDX, *DECOMPOSITION), EXPLOSIVES, CATALYSTS, MELTING, AUSTRALIA

Subject Categories : Physical Chemistry
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE