Accession Number:

AD0657214

Title:

METHYL CELLULOSE NITRATE.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER N J PROPELLANTS LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1967-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

39.0

Abstract:

Methyl cellulose nitrate was prepared by nitration of methyl cellulose with 98 nitric acid dissolved in methylene chloride and, in 98 nitric acid without a solvent. With both procedures nitration is apparently complete within fifteen minutes. The heterogeneous nature of the methylation resulted in the non-uniformity of the substitution in the product, methyl cellulose nitrate. However, on the basis of the experimental data, it is postulated that methyl cellulose having a minimum degree of substitution of 1.8 would produce a uniformly substituted methyl cellulose nitrate. Nitration of methyl cellulose with a mixture of nitric and sulfuric acids is also discussed. Results of evaluation of the products for military application are presented. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Solid Rocket Propellants

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE