Accession Number : AD0837173

Title :   MECHANISM OF THERMAL DECOMPOSITION OF HMX (1,3,5,7-TETRANITRO-1,3,5,7-TETRAZACYCLOOCTANE),

Corporate Author : PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ FELTMAN RESEARCH LABS

Personal Author(s) : Suryanarayana, Bulusu ; Autera, Joseph R. ; Garybush, Richard J.

Report Date : 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : The basic mechanisms by which certain substances can undergo explosive decomposition are not well understood. No generalized models are available to explain the mechanism of explosion in terms of primary electronic and molecular processes. One useful approach has been to study the slow decomposition of metastable materials induced by various stimuli such as heat, light and ionizing radiation. Knowledge concerning these processes such as rate constants and identity of the reactive intermediates, should be helpful for a mechanistic understanding of the fast reactions in explosives. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*HMX, THERMAL PROPERTIES), HEATING, DECOMPOSITION, IMPURITIES, RDX, RECRYSTALLIZATION, EXPLOSIVES, SYNTHESIS(CHEMISTRY), CHEMICAL REACTIONS, MASS SPECTROSCOPY, TEMPERATURE CONTROL, CHEMICAL BONDS, CHEMICAL ANALYSIS, NITRAMINES, LABELED SUBSTANCES, FORMALDEHYDE, NITROGEN HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS, CYCLOOCTANES, NITRATES.

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE