Reduced Sensitivity RDX (RS-RDX) Part II: Sympathetic Reaction
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION EDINBURGH (AUSTRALIA) WEAPONS SYSTEMS DIV
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Australian-manufactured Grade A RDX has been proven to be a Reduced Sensitivity grade of RDX. That is, when used in cast-cured PBX formulations, the PBX is intrinsically less sensitive to shock stimuli than if conventional RDX is used. The implications for insensitive munitions compliance may be significant, particularly in sympathetic reaction scenarios. This work assesses the sympathetic response of ADI Grade A RDX in a standard polymer-bonded explosive formulation in a generic test unit and compares it with formulations containing RDX produced by SNPE France and Dyno Nobel Norway. Additional work was performed to assess the sympathetic reaction of uncased charges of PBXN-109 containing standard Type II RDX. This data was primarily required for modelling studies.
- Ammunition and Explosives