Accession Number:

AD0706525

Title:

THE THERMAL DECOMPOSITION OF RDX AT TEMPERATURES BELOW THE MELTING POINT. I. COMMENTS ON THE MECHANISM,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE STANDARDS LABS MARIBYRNONG (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1969-08-15

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Two mechanisms have recently been proposed to explain the behaviour of the initial rate of decomposition of RDX with change in sample geometry. These are 1 that the decomposition proceeds by concurrent gas and liquid phase reactions, and 2 that gaseous decomposition products influence the rate of decomposition of undecomposed RDX in the condensed phase. It is concluded that mechanism 2 is the more probable when the reaction is carried out in the presence of nitrogen.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE