Accession Number:

AD0640702

Title:

STUDY OF THE ACTION OF LEAD AZIDE ON COPPER

Descriptive Note:

Rept. no. 1 (Final)

Corporate Author:

PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1942-02-21

Pagination or Media Count:

9.0

Abstract:

It was found that cupric azide is considerably more sensitive than lead azide and that, in the presence of moisture, the copper azide is formed when copper is in contact with either pure, crystalline lead azide or with the desensitized form. When moisture is absent, no reaction takes place but, contrary to the widely held belief, the presence of carbon dioxide alone does not cause the reaction to take place. As an extremely sensitive product can be formed by the reaction of copper and lead axide under conditions which are difficult to prevent, it is recommended that the use of copper alloys be prohibited in ammunition where such metal shall be in contact with lead azide.

Subject Categories:

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE