Characterization of HMX particles in PBX 9501

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The particle size distribution and morphology of HMX (cyclotetramethylene-tetranitramine) in the plastic-bonded explosive, PBX 9501 (95% HMX and 5% polymeric binder, by weight), are important to understanding the micromechanical behavior of this material. This paper shows that the size distribution of the {open_quotes}as-received{close_quotes} HMX powder, as measured by light scattering, is not preserved through the processing operations of formulation into molding powder and subsequent consolidation through hydrostatic pressing. Morphological features such as cracking and twinning are examined using reflected light microscopy. This technique helps confirm and interpret the results of the particle size analysis. These results suggest that use of ... continued below

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Skidmore, C.B.; Phillips, D.S.; Son, S.F. & Asay, B.W. September 1, 1997.

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The particle size distribution and morphology of HMX (cyclotetramethylene-tetranitramine) in the plastic-bonded explosive, PBX 9501 (95% HMX and 5% polymeric binder, by weight), are important to understanding the micromechanical behavior of this material. This paper shows that the size distribution of the {open_quotes}as-received{close_quotes} HMX powder, as measured by light scattering, is not preserved through the processing operations of formulation into molding powder and subsequent consolidation through hydrostatic pressing. Morphological features such as cracking and twinning are examined using reflected light microscopy. This technique helps confirm and interpret the results of the particle size analysis. These results suggest that use of the particle size distribution of the {open_quotes}as-received{close_quotes} powder could potentially yield significant errors in detailed simulations of formulated materials.

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  • Meeting of the topical group on shock compression of condensed matter of the American Physical Society, Amherst, MA (United States), 27 Jul - 1 Aug 1997

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  • Other: DE97009103
  • Report No.: LA-UR--97-2596
  • Report No.: CONF-970707--
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-36
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 542030
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc691938

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Skidmore, C.B.; Phillips, D.S.; Son, S.F. & Asay, B.W. Characterization of HMX particles in PBX 9501, article, September 1, 1997; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc691938/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.