Thermal Decomposition of RDX and RDX-Borohydride Mixtures
Final rept. Jan-Dec 86
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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This report is a progress report on GCMS studies on the thermal decomposition of RDX, both alone and in mixtures with K2B12H12. A number of these less-volatile products are formed. 1,3,5-triazine has been conclusively identified for the first time as a decomposition product of RDX. This is mechanistically significant because it suggests the operation of either some form of N-N02 cleavage or of intermolecular CH abstraction. Crude estimates of the effects on 1,3,5-triazine formation of temperature and of added K2B12H12 have been made and are briefly discussed. Other products are still under study those identified to date include mononitroso-RDX MRDX and unreacted RDX. Keywords RDX, Nitramines, Borohydrides, Boron hydrides, Catalysis mechanisms, Catalysis, Propellants, Explosives, Thermal decomposition, Gun propellants, VHBR Propellants, Combustion.
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