The Effect of Low Temperatures on Impact Sensitivity in TNT
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Experimental impact sensitivity data have been obtained for pure TNT 99.9 at low temperatures in the range of -100C to 22C. Sample size and shape were held constant in all tests with temperature being the only variable. Analysis of the TNT by differential thermal analysis revealed no crystalline change that might affect sensitivity. The impact tests were conducted to gain more useful information about the relationship between temperature and impact sensitivity. A diminished sensitivity was noted as temperatures decreased. Impact energy required for a 50 explosion probability increased with decreased temperatures.
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