Accession Number:

AD0779701

Title:

Letter Monthly Reports, Numbers 1 thru 11, July 1, 1971 - 31 May, 1972.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

DU PONT DE NEMOURS (E I) AND CO GIBBSTOWN N J EASTERN LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-05-31

Pagination or Media Count:

67.0

Abstract:

Research has discovered an RDX Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine synthesis that does not liberate H2O and does not produce by-product HMX. The key intermediate is 1,3,5-triacetylhexahydro-s-triazine, formed by the reaction of acetonitrile with formaldehyde nitrolysis of the triazine with 100 HNO3 yields high-purity RDX. US Patent No. 3,178,430. The report includes 10 monthly research letters on a study of the RDX synthesis from acetonitrile with the aims of obtaining a maximum conversion and yield to triazine using lowest cost ingredients and preferably a reaction medium that is compatible with the nitrolysis reaction, b complete HNO3 consumption to avoid the need for acid recovery and concentration, and c and RDX product of high purity and stability.

Subject Categories:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE