Accession Number : AD0755969

Title :   The Thermal Decomposition of RDX at Temperatures Below the Melting Point. V. The Evolution of Occluded Volatile Matter Prior to the Decomposition, and the Influence of Past History of the Sample on the Rate of Decomposition,

Corporate Author : DEFENCE STANDARDS LABS MARIBYRNONG (AUSTRALIA)

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

Report Date : 30 MAR 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : It was first demonstrated that the occluded solvents and gases which are often present in RDX are expelled prior to zero reaction time of thermal decomposition. Thus they do not seriously interfere with the use of pressure increase as a measure of the extent of thermal decomposition. The rate of thermal decomposition is sublimed RDX at 195C was then compared with the rate after the following treatments, preliminary grinding of the crystals, preparation of the crystals by different techniques, mixing RDX with various solid additives, Interruption of the reaction by cooling, and pre-irradiation with ultraviolet light. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RDX, *DECOMPOSITION), (*NITRAMINES, DECOMPOSITION), IMPURITIES, ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION, REACTION KINETICS, HEAT TREATMENT, AUSTRALIA

Subject Categories : Physical Chemistry
      Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE