Accession Number:

AD0331340

Title:

The Relationship of Sensitivity with Structure of Organic High Explosives. 2. Polynitroaromatic Compounds

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD

Report Date:

1962-05-15

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

The impact sensitivity of an organic high explosive is considered to be primarily a function of its thermal decomposition rate. Classes of compounds with similar structures, and thus assumed to have similar mechanisms of thermal decomposition, show a linear relationship between their impact sensitivity and a defined quantity called oxidant balance derivable from the molecular composition. Different structural classes differ in their sensitivity-oxidant balance relationships, i.e., polynitroaromatic compounds with alpha CH groups are more sensitive as a class than those lacking this feature.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE