Shock Gel Process for Small Arms Gun Propellant
Final rept. Jun 1974-Jun 1975
HERCULES INC CUMBERLAND MD ALLEGANY BALLISTICS LAB
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A program was conducted to develop the shock gel process for the manufacture of small arms gun propellants. A 3-5 lbhr facility to demonstrate the continuous manufacture of 13.4 N nitrocellulose, shock gel gun propellant was designed and operated. Overall operation of the demonstration plant was generally satisfactory. Additional studies to simplify and improve the operation of the continuous leaching process were recommended. The manufacture of shock gel gun propellant utilizing syrups with high nitrocellulose concentration 15 NC was demonstrated. The resulting propellant had high absolute and gravimetric loading densities. This propellant, deterrent coated with 5 DBP, exceeded the velocity of reference ammunition at chamber pressures below 50,000 psi.
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