Accession Number:

AD0404555

Title:

STUDY OF SUSCEPTIBILITY OF SOLID COMPOSITE PROPELLANTS TO EXPLOSION OR DETONATION. PHASE 2. FEASIBILITY STUDY OF DESENSITIZING ROCKET PROPELLANTS BY SUITABLE ATMOSPHERES

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

AEROJET-GENERAL CORP AZUSA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1963-04-12

Pagination or Media Count:

89.0

Abstract:

The control or, at least, the understanding of the sensitivity of explosives and propellants is in most applications desirable and in many applications imperative. Such applications range from hazards in manufacture, handling, and storage to accurate timing of deliberate initiation. Such control has been effected in the past by a careful choice of explosive, addition of phlegmatizers, and similar methods. Not infrequently, however, an explosive or propellant may behave erratically and show a much higher or a much lower sensitivity than usual, with corresponding effects in the application. Such irregularities cannot always be explained, and it appears that the sensitivity may depend upon factors other than those customarily considered decisive. In the ideal case, the sensitivity should be controllable by means that do not affect deliberate initiation, or the desired properties of the explosive or propellant. Such means should apply to the environment of the explosive or propellant, e.g., to the surrounding and included gas, or to the surface state of the solid or liquid material. The work covered by this report is an experimental study of the feasibility of control of sensitivity by such external means.

Subject Categories:

  • Solid Rocket Propellants

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE