The Sensitivity, Performance, and Material Properties of Some High Explosive Formulations
PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ
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The work reported represents part of a continuing effort to determine the important characteristics of some explosives as they pertain to performance in ammunition. Tests were conducted to determine the fragment velocity, blast pressure, detonation velocity, sensitivity to impact and friction, thermal stability, mechanical strength, and thermal expansion of each explosive. Tests were applied to TNT and TNT-based compositions including Composition B, Composition B-3, 7525 Cyclotol, 7030 Octol, 7525 Octol, 8020 Tritonal, H-6 HBX-3, and HTA-4 and plastic- or wax-bonded compositions including LX-04-1, PBX 9010, PBX Types A and B, PBX 9404, Comp A-3, PBXN-1, PBXN-3, 955 HMXKel F- 800, Composition C-4, and 8614 RDXWax.
- Ammunition and Explosives