Mercuric 5-Nitrotetrazole, a Possible Replacement for Lead Azide in Australian Ordnance. Part 1. An Assessment of Preparation Methods
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The preparation of mercuric 5-nitrotetrazole MNT via both Cuen2NT 2 and NaNT.2H2O has been investigated. The former route is superior as judged by reproducibility, handleability and yield of MNT, and safety of intermediates - one batch of NaNT.2H2O exploded spontaneously, casting doubts on the stability of this material. Sensitivity data together with limited data for stab sensitivity, initiation and detonation properties are given for each batch of MNT. MNT has definite promise as a replacement for lead azide in detonators.
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