ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND DOVER NJ LARGE CALIBER WEAPON SYSTEMS LAB
Important understanding has been gained about the process of shock induced exothermic reactions in solid explosives. The initial step in the process has been shown to involve a breaking of intra molecular bonds or an altering of the bonds of the explosive molecules which make up the lattice of the material and a production of trapped radicals. These trapped radicals are likely candidates for the secondary reactions. It is also shown that this bond breaking is accompanied by considerable permanent distortion in the lattice.