On the Copper (II) - Catalyzed Low Temperature Decomposition of Ammonium Perchlorate
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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Although the mechanism of the thermal decomposition of pure ammonium perchlorate an oxidizing agent in many solid propellants seems well established, the mechanism by which certain materials catalyze the rate of decomposition is not as clear. A recent publication by Keenan and Siegmund on the catalysis of the low-temperature decomposition of ammonium perchlorate by copper II contain results which provide further evidence that a modification of the currently accepted mechanism is in order. In this report the mechanisms of the catalyzed and uncatalyzed decomposition of ammonium perchlorate are briefly reviewed, Keenan and Siegmunds results are presented, and the modification to existing mechanistic interpretations is discussed.
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry