Accession Number : AD0725668

Title :   The Thermal Decomposition of RDX at Temperatures Below the Melting Point. III. Towards the Elucidation of the Mechanism,

Corporate Author : DEFENCE STANDARDS LABS MARIBYRNONG (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Batten,J. J.

Report Date : 19 OCT 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The rate of thermal decomposition of RDX has been investigated in the presence of its decomposition products and free radical traps. From the measurements, it is concluded that formaldehyde and nitrogen dioxide, presumably 'encaged' in the sample, catalyse the decomposition of RDX positively and negatively respectively. The non-volatile residue also acts as a positive catalyst. The other products have little or no effect on the rate, and the free radical traps did not reduce the rate. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RDX, *DECOMPOSITION), FREE RADICALS, FORMALDEHYDE, NITROGEN OXIDES, CATALYSTS, REACTION KINETICS, AUSTRALIA

Subject Categories : Physical Chemistry
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE