Thermal Decomposition of Lead Azide Prepared under Various Conditions
ARMY FOREIGN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER CHARLOTTESVILLE VA
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The effect of various factors on the thermal decomposition rate of lead azide in solid solutions with divalent copper added, was studied under vacuum in a weighing unit and in an automatic differential unit. PbN6 was prepared by two methods producing small and large azide crystals. The data demonstrate that both production conditions and experimental conditions, associated with the presence or absence of moisture and carbon dioxide in the air and of the copper impurities, have effects ranging from peaceful to explosive on thermal decomposition of lead azide.
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Ammunition and Explosives