Comparison of New and Legacy TATBs

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Two newly synthesized versions of the insensitive high explosive (IHE) 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzenes (TATBs) were compared to two legacy explosives currently used by the Department of Energy. Except for thermal analysis, small scale safety tests could not distinguish between the different synthetic routes. Morphologies of new TATBs were less faceted and more spherical. The particle size distribution of one new material was similar to legacy TATBs, but the other was very fine. Densities and submicron structure of the new TATBs were also significantly different from the legacy explosives. Pressed pellets of the new explosives were less dense. Recrystallization from sulfolane improved the ... continued below

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Hoffman, D M; Willey, T M; Mitchell, A R & DePiero, S C November 8, 2007.

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Two newly synthesized versions of the insensitive high explosive (IHE) 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzenes (TATBs) were compared to two legacy explosives currently used by the Department of Energy. Except for thermal analysis, small scale safety tests could not distinguish between the different synthetic routes. Morphologies of new TATBs were less faceted and more spherical. The particle size distribution of one new material was similar to legacy TATBs, but the other was very fine. Densities and submicron structure of the new TATBs were also significantly different from the legacy explosives. Pressed pellets of the new explosives were less dense. Recrystallization from sulfolane improved the density and thermal stability of both new TATBs, though the morphology of the recrystallized TATB was nearly hexagonal platelets.

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  • Journal Name: Journal of Energetic Materials, vol. 26, no. 3, July 1, 2008, pp. 139-162; Journal Volume: 26; Journal Issue: 3

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  • Report No.: UCRL-JRNL-236415
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Hoffman, D M; Willey, T M; Mitchell, A R & DePiero, S C. Comparison of New and Legacy TATBs, article, November 8, 2007; Livermore, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc898233/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.