COMMENT ON EVIDENCE FOR NITROGEN TRIOXIDE IN THE COMBUSTION OF A DOUBLE-BASE PROPELLANT,
EXPLOSIVES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENT WALTHAM ABBEY (ENGLAND)
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A claim made in 1965 that the NO3 radical is a major intermediate product in the combustion of double base propellants has raised doubts about the validity of the widely accepted view that the initial step in nitric ester decomposition is O-N bond fission. This note points out that the evidence on which the NO3 hypothesis is based is highly questionable the alleged NO3 species observed is probably nitroglycerin volatitised from the propellant under the experimental conditions used.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
- Combustion and Ignition