KINETICS OF DECOMPOSITION OF SOLID OXIDIZERS.
Quarterly rept. no. 3, 1 Jun-31 Aug 66,
LOCKHEED PROPULSION CO REDLANDS CALIF
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The very fast thermal decomposition kinetics of solid fluorine oxidizers are being studied with the objective of correlating such kinetic data with sensitivity and molecular structure. The time and temperature regimes of a detonation process are being simulated isothermally by heating a platinum ribbon, upon which the sample is thinly coated, with a capacitor discharge. A time of flight mass spectrometer permits analysis of gaseous decomposition products to be made every 50 microseconds. During the third quarter of the program, the problems previously encountered in obtaining a rapid capacitor discharge and in measuring bridge imbalance voltages for the determination of average filament temperature were resolved. Thermal analysis computations proceeded for definition of optimum filament configuration. A series of rapid pyrolyses of Info-635P was conducted as a function of temperature. The resultant time-integrated spectra qualitatively support the postulate that primary steps in the pyrolysis of Info-635P involve dissociation into acid and amine with decomposition of the latter. Author
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