Accession Number:

ADA043274

Title:

Chemical Charcterization of Nitrocellulose Degradation Products

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY NATICK RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1976-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

An investigation of the nature of the degradation products from both steps of a chemical-bacteriological decomposition of nitrocellulose was carried out. A sensitive analytical method fro nitrocellulose was perfected. A materials balance of both process steps was obtained. The chemical hydrolysis was found to give inorganic nitrites, nitrates and carbonates, and also nitrated organic oxyacids. Subsequent action by bacteria changes the product mix, but the nature of the products is essentially the same.

Subject Categories:

  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE