The Relationship of Sensitivity with Structure of Organic High Explosives. 2. Polynitroaromatic Compounds
NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD
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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.
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