A MODIFIED PICATINNY ARSENAL EXPLOSION TEMPERATURE TEST FOR DETERMINING THERMAL SENSITIVITY OF EXPLOSIVES UNDER CONTROLLED VAPOR EXPOSURES
PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ FELTMAN RESEARCH LABS
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The Picatinny Arsenal explosion temperature test was modified to study the effect produced on the induction period by vapors in contact with the surface of explosives. The test was found to be reproducible and significantly responsive to changes in times to explosion and activation energy of RDX, PbN6, and RDXPbN6 mixture exposed to H2O and Freon vapors. These changes are postulated to be a function of vapor-surface interactions which correspondingly alter the rate of surface heat dissipation and mechanism of chemical reactions which initiate explosive decomposition.
- Ammunition and Explosives