The response of the HMX-based material PBXN-9 to thermal insults: thermal decomposition kinetics and morphological changes

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PBXN-9, an HMX-formulation, is thermally damaged and thermally decomposed in order to determine the morphological changes and decomposition kinetics that occur in the material after mild to moderate heating. The material and its constituents were decomposed using standard thermal analysis techniques (DSC and TGA) and the decomposition kinetics are reported using different kinetic models. Pressed parts and prill were thermally damaged, i.e. heated to temperatures that resulted in material changes but did not result in significant decomposition or explosion, and analyzed. In general, the thermally damaged samples showed a significant increase in porosity and decrease in density and a small ... continued below

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Glascoe, E A; Hsu, P C; Springer, H K; DeHaven, M R; Tan, N & Turner, H C December 10, 2010.

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PBXN-9, an HMX-formulation, is thermally damaged and thermally decomposed in order to determine the morphological changes and decomposition kinetics that occur in the material after mild to moderate heating. The material and its constituents were decomposed using standard thermal analysis techniques (DSC and TGA) and the decomposition kinetics are reported using different kinetic models. Pressed parts and prill were thermally damaged, i.e. heated to temperatures that resulted in material changes but did not result in significant decomposition or explosion, and analyzed. In general, the thermally damaged samples showed a significant increase in porosity and decrease in density and a small amount of weight loss. These PBXN-9 samples appear to sustain more thermal damage than similar HMX-Viton A formulations and the most likely reasons are the decomposition/evaporation of a volatile plasticizer and a polymorphic transition of the HMX from {beta} to {delta} phase.

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  • Journal Name: Thermochimica Acta, vol. 515, n/a, January 11, 2011, pp. 58-61; Journal Volume: 515

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Glascoe, E A; Hsu, P C; Springer, H K; DeHaven, M R; Tan, N & Turner, H C. The response of the HMX-based material PBXN-9 to thermal insults: thermal decomposition kinetics and morphological changes, article, December 10, 2010; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc832711/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.