Accession Number : ADA189318

Title :   Recommended Replacements for Tetryl in Australian Production Fuzes and Related Ordnance,

Corporate Author : MATERIALS RESEARCH LABS ASCOT VALE (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Spear, Robert J ; Nanut, Victor ; Redman, Lance D ; Dagley, Ian J

PDF Url : ADA189318

Report Date : Nov 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : The final phase of study into RDX-based formulations suitable for replacement of tetryl in Australian ordnance is described. Three formulations using readily available AC629 emulsifiable polyethylene wax and processible on Australian production equipment are identified. It is recommended that pilot batch production and qualification of RDX/AC629 98.75:1.25 for leads and small pellets, RDX/AC629 96.5:3.5 for large boosters and RDX/AC629/zinc stearate/graphite 98.0:1.25:0.5:0.25 for high production rate automatic pelletting be carried out. Performance testing has included propagation in small channels, fuze train function in Fuze Mk 162 and production automatic pelletting. US and UK qualified formulations have been similarly characterized and are compared.

Descriptors :   *RDX, AUSTRALIA, BATCH PROCESSING, CHANNELS, EXPLOSIVE TRAINS, FORMULATIONS, FUZE FUNCTIONING ELEMENTS, FUZES(ORDNANCE), HIGH RATE, PELLETS, PERFORMANCE TESTS, PILOT PLANTS, POLYETHYLENE, PRODUCTION, PRODUCTION RATE, REPLACEMENT, TETRYL, WAXES, AUSTRALIA

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE