A Study of the Organic Components of Red Water
NAVAL SURFACE WEAPONS CENTER WHITE OAK LAB SILVER SPRING MD
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The red water produced by the Sellite purification of crude TNT has been analyzed for potentially useful organic compounds. The results can be summarized as follows 1 Only two potentially useful organic substances are present in red water in concentrations sufficientely high to justify their recovery 2,4-dinitrotoluene-5-sulfonic acid 2.7 weight determined in this study, compared to 6.8 weight reported by Radford Army Ammunition Plant, and 2,4-dinitrotoluene-3-sulfonic acid 1.2 weight determined in this study, compared to 2-4 weight reported by Radford. Eight weight percent of red water is a complex mixture of unidentified, red, water-soluble organic compounds resulting from the degradation of alpha-TNT by the Sellite.
- Ammunition and Explosives
- Water Pollution and Control