Comparison of the Sensitivites of Batch and Continuous Process Composition B.
ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND DOVER NJ LARGE CALIBER WEAPON SYSTEMS LAB
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Due to variations found in the sensitivity of continuous process Composition B, a series of laboratory tests was conducted to determine the difference between batch process and continuous process Composition B. Four lots were selected from each method of manufacture. RDX was extracted from a sample from each of the lots. The tests on the Composition B and RDX included alpha-HMX analysis, impact sensitivity test, large scale gap test, small scale gap test, projectile impact, friction sensitivity test, electrostatic sensitivity test, vacuum thermal stability test, DTA and TGA. The tests results were analyzed and compared to other published data of batch process Composition B and RDX. Based on these results the continuous process Composition B studied herein was considered suitable for military use. Author
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