Accession Number : ADD008295

Title :   Explosives Containing Ammonium Nitrate and Nitrated Amines.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Hershkowitz,Joseph ; Akst,Irving B

Report Date : 29 Aug 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : This patent discloses an explosive composition containing essentially of an intimate mixture of: 15 to 45% by weight of a particulate high explosive from the group consisting of RDX (1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazacyclohexane) and HMX (1,3,5,7-tetranitro-1,3,5,7-tetraazacyclooctane and mixtures thereof; 15 to 50% by weight of ammonium nitrate; and 20 to 60% by weight of ethylenediamine dinitrate. The weight ratio of ammonium nitrate to ethylenediamine dinitrate is from 1:2.5 to 1.5:1, respecitvely, and particularly about 1:1. These explosive compositions provide an unexpectedly high explosive output with a relatively low content of RDX and/or HMX, and an equivalent output with much less RDX than conventional explosive compositions consisting of mixtures of RDX with AN and/or TNT.

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Explosives, *Chemical composition, High explosives, Particulates, HMX, RDX, Ammonium nitrate, Ethylenediamine, Nitrates, Mixtures

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE