Accession Number : AD0856714

Title :   Kinetics and Mechanisms of the Slow Decomposition of Some Model Explosive Compounds.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Downs, Clelland R.

Report Date : JUN 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : Three model solid explosives of the N-aryl-N'-tosyloxydi-imide N-oxide system were thermally decomposed in the beam of an infrared spectrophotometer. Quantitative data from the infrared spectrograms were used to construct decomposition versus time curves. Rate constants were found from the curves, and these were used in turn to determine Arrhenius activation energies and frequency factors. A simple kinetic model was formulated so the Arrhenius values could be associated with plausible physical and chemical processes. Mathematical and experimental techniques were developed for studying continuous reactions in the solid state by infrared spectroscopy. (Author)

Descriptors :   *PYROLYSIS), (*EXPLOSIVES, INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY, INFRARED SPECTRA, REACTION KINETICS, ORGANIC NITROGEN COMPOUNDS, TOLUENES, SULFONATES.

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE