HNS/Teflon, A New Heat Resistant Explosive
NAVAL ORDNANCE LAB WHITE OAK MD
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HNSTeflon 9010 is a new pressed explosive developed for use in the APOLLO program. The major advantages of HNSTeflon are 1 excellent thermal stability at elevated temperatures, 2 superior resistance to sublimation at high temperatures and low pressures and 3 ease of molding powder preparation, pressing and machining. The impact sensitivity of HNSTeflon is between that of Comp B and Comp A-3 while its explosive performance is about the same as TNT. Under the severe environmental conditions of the moons surface, this explosive successfully performed its intended function of generating seismic waves in the APOLLO ALSEP and LSPE experiments.
- Ammunition and Explosives