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Thermal decomposition studies of 1,3,3-trinitroazetidine (TNAZ) and 1-nitroso-3,3-dinitroazetidine (NDNAZ) by simultaneous thermogravimetric modulated beam mass spectroscopy

Description: The initial results from a study of the thermal decomposition of TNAZ, TNAZ-1-{sup 15}NO{sub 2} and NDNAZ using the simultaneous thermogravimetric modulated beam mass spectrometer (STMBMS) are presented. The major products formed in the decomposition of TNAZ are NO{sub 2} and NO with slightly lesser amounts of H{sub 2}O, HCN, CO/N{sub 2}, CO{sub 2}/N{sub 2}O and NDNAZ. The major product formed in the decomposition of NDNAZ is NO with lesser amounts of H{sub 2}O, HCN, CO/N{sub 2}O. The lower molecular weight products are similar to those observed in RSFTIR and IRMPD studies conducted previously by others. However, this study has shown that the mononitroso analogue of TNAZ, NDNAZ, is an important intermediate formed during the decomposition of TNAZ. It plays an important role in determining the identity of the products formed in the decomposition of TNAZ. The temporal behaviors Of the ion signals associated with the various thermal decomposition products from TNAZ, TNAZ-1-{sup 15}NO{sub 2} and NDNAZ are also presented. The illustrate the evolution sequence of the various products that are associated with the different reaction pathways that control the decomposition of these materials. In particular, the study of the {sup 15}N-labeled sample revealed that NO{sub 2} originates from both the likely sites in the TNAZ molecule and that the cleavage of the nitramine-NO{sub 2} group precedes that of the C-NO{sub 2} cleavage, resulting in similar sequences in the formation of NO and NDNAZ also.
Date: December 1, 1995
Creator: Behrens, R., Jr. & Bulusu, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Coupling experimental data and a prototype model to probe the physical and chemical processes of 2,4-dinitroimidazole solid-phase thermal decomposition

Description: The time-dependent, solid-phase thermal decomposition behavior of 2,4-dinitroimidazole (2,4-DNI) has been measured utilizing simultaneous thermogravimetric modulated beam mass spectrometry (STMBMS) methods. The decomposition products consist of gaseous and non-volatile polymeric products. The temporal behavior of the gas formation rates of the identified products indicate that the overall thermal decomposition process is complex. In isothermal experiments with 2,4-DNI in the solid phase, four distinguishing features are observed: (1) elevated rates of gas formation are observed during the early stages of the decomposition, which appear to be correlated to the presence of exogenous water in the sample; (2) this is followed by a period of relatively constant rates of gas formation; (3) next, the rates of gas formation accelerate, characteristic of an autocatalytic reaction; (4) finally, the 2,4-DNI is depleted and gaseous decomposition products continue to evolve at a decreasing rate. A physicochemical and mathematical model of the decomposition of 2,4-DNI has been developed and applied to the experimental results. The first generation of this model is described in this paper. Differences between the first generation of the model and the experimental data collected under different conditions suggest refinements for the next generation of the model.
Date: December 31, 1998
Creator: Behrens, R.; Minier, L. & Bulusu, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Mechanistic and kinetic studies of the thermal decomposition of TNAZ and NDNAZ

Description: The authors have studied the mechanism and detailed reaction kinetics of the thermal decomposition of 1,3,3-trinitroazetidine (TNAZ), and separately, its key decomposition intermediate, 1-nitroso-3,3-dinitroacetidine (NDNAZ), using a simultaneous thermogravimetric modulated beam mass spectrometer (STMBMS). These decompositions were conducted in a sealed alumina cell with a 2.5 {micro}m orifice, at varying temperatures and at a range of isothermal temperatures (at 10 C intervals from 120--160 C for NDNAZ and 160--210 C for TNAZ). The gaseous products have been identified and their rates of formation have been measured as a function of time, temperature, and pressure. This system is complex, with TNAZ decomposing by four separate routes, one of which leads to NDNAZ, which itself decomposes by at least two distinct routes.
Date: December 31, 1998
Creator: Anderson, K.; Homsy, J.; Behrens, R. & Bulusu, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Solid-phase thermal decomposition of 2,4-dinitroimidazole (2,4-DNI)

Description: The solid-phase thermal decomposition of the insensitive energetic nitroaromatic heterocycle 2,4-dinitroimidazole (2,4-DNI: mp 265--274C) is studied utilizing simultaneous thermogravimetric modulated beam mass spectrometry (STMBMS) between 200 and 247C. The pyrolysis products have been identified using perdeuterated and {sup 15}N-labeled isotopomers. The products consist of low molecular-weight gases and a thermally stable solid residue. The major gaseous products are NO, CO{sub 2}, CO, N{sub 2}, HNCO and H{sub 2}O. Minor gaseous products are HCN, C{sub 2}N{sub 2}, NO{sub 2}, C{sub 3}H{sub 4}N{sub 2}, C{sub 3}H{sub 3}N{sub 3}O and NH{sub 3}. The elemental formula of the residue is C{sub 2}HN{sub 2}O and FTIR analysis suggests that it is polyurea- and polycarbamate-like in nature. Rates of formation of the gaseous products and their respective quantities have been determined for a typical isothermal decomposition experiment at 235C. The temporal behaviors of the gas formation rates indicate that the overall decomposition is characterized by a sequence of four events; (1) an early decomposition period induced by impurities and water, (2) an induction period where C0{sub 2} and NO are the primary products formed at relatively constant rates, (3) an autoacceleratory period that peaks when the sample is depleted and (4) a final period in which the residue decomposes. Arrhenius parameters for the induction period are E{sub a} = 46.9 {plus_minus} 0.7 kcal/mol and Log(A) = 16.3 {plus_minus} 0.3. Decomposition pathways that are consistent with the data are presented.
Date: December 31, 1996
Creator: Minier, L.; Behrens, R. Jr. & Bulusu, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Thermal decomposition of HMX: Low temperature reaction kinetics and their use for assessing response in abnormal thermal environments and implications for long-term aging

Description: The thermal decomposition of HMX between 175 and 200{degree}C has been studied using the simultaneous thermogravimetric modulated beam mass spectrometer (STMBMS) apparatus with a focus on the initial stages of the decomposition. The identity of thermal decomposition products is the same as that measured in previous higher temperature experiments. The initial stages of the decomposition are characterized by an induction period followed by two acceleratory periods. The Arrhenius parameters for the induction and two acceleratory periods are (Log(A) = 18.2 {plus_minus} 0.8, Ea = 48.2 {plus_minus} 1.8 kcal/mole), (Log(A) = 17.15 {plus_minus} 1.5 and Ea = 48.9 {plus_minus} 3.2 kcal/mole), (Log A) = 19.1 {plus_minus} 3.0 and Ea = 52.1 {plus_minus} 6.3 kcal/mole), respectively. This data can be used to calculate the time and temperature required to decompose a desired fraction of a sample that is being prepared to test the effect of thermal degradation on its sensitivity or burn rates. It can also be used to estimate the extent of decomposition that may be expected under normal storage conditions for munitions containing HMX. This data, along with previous mechanistic studies conducted at higher temperatures, suggest that the process that controls the early stages of decomposition of HMX in the solid phase is scission of the N-NO{sub 2} bond, reaction of the N0{sub 2} within a ``lattice cage`` to form the mononitroso analogue of HMX and decomposition of the mononitroso HMX within the HMX lattice to form gaseous products that are retained in bubbles or diffuse into the surrounding lattice.
Date: December 1, 1995
Creator: Behrens, R. & Bulusu, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Comparison of the thermal decompositions of HMX and 2,4-DNI for evaluation of slow cookoff response and long-term stability

Description: Thermal decomposition of HMX between 175C and 200C was studied using the simultaneous thermogravimetric modulated beam mass spectrometer with focus on initial stages of the decomposition. Thermal decomposition products are the same as in previous higher temperature experiments. The initial stages of the decomposition have an induction period followed by two acceleratory periods. Arrhenius parameters for the induction and two acceleratory periods are (Log(A)= 18.2 {plus_minus} 0.8, Ea = 48.2 {plus_minus} 1.8 kcal/mole), (Log (A) = 17.15 {plus_minus} 1.5 and Ea = 48.9 {plus_minus} 3.2 kcal/mole), (Log (A) = 19.1 {plus_minus} 3.0 and Ea = 52.1 {plus_minus} 6.3 kcal/mole). This data can be used to calculate the time and temperature required to decompose a desired fraction of a test sample testing the effect of thermal degradation on sensitivity or bum rates. It can also be used to estimate the extent of decomposition expected under normal storage conditions for munitions containing HMX. This data, along with previous mechanistic studies conducted at higher temperatures, suggest that the process that controls the early stages of decomposition of HMX in the solid phase is scission of the N-NO{sub 2} bond, reaction of the N0{sub 2} within a lattice cage to form the mononitroso analogue of HMX and decomposition of the mononitroso HMX within the HMX lattice to form gaseous products that are retained in bubbles or diffuse into the surrounding lattice. These methods evaluating HMX can be used to evaluate new energetic materials such as 2,4-DNI. The early 2,4-DNI thermal decomposition is characterized by an initial decomposition, an apparent induction period, then an initial acceleratory period. The main gaseous products are NO, C0{sub 2}, HNCO, H{sub 2}0, N{sub 2}, CO, HCN and C{sub 2}N{sub 2}. The presence of adsorbed and occluded H{sub 2}0 is the major cause of the early decomposition.
Date: December 1, 1995
Creator: Minier, L.; Behrens, R. & Bulusu, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Thermal decomposition reactions of HMX and RDX and their importance in predicting cookoff hazards

Description: To develop robust models for predicting the response of munitions under abnormal conditions associated with cookoff, it is necessary to be able to accurately characterize the following: the time to ignition, the location of the ignition point within the munition, and the combustive behavior of the damaged energetic material after ignition. For, the response of the munition, as controlled by these parameters, will determine whether its response will be characterized by a relatively mild deflagration or whether it will be characterized by a more damaging detonation. Several of the underlying properties of the energetic materials used in munitions that must be understood in order to accurately characterize these parameters are the chemical and physical changes that occur in these energetic materials as they are heated. The chemical changes involve overcoming the forces that tend to stabilize these materials, such as binding within the crystal lattice or intermolecular hydrogen bonding, and their transformation to less stable forms, such as mixtures of gases with high energy content. The physical changes typically involve phase changes of the material. One significant phase change is the slow transformation of the energetic materials from the solid reactant to gas phase products. This transformation can lead initially to the formation of high pressure gas bubbles within the solid particles and ultimately to changes in the porosity and gas permeability of the energetic material formulation. The presence of these reactive gases within high pressure bubbles can lead to increased hot spot formation of the material if it is compressed. The increased porosity can lead to significant increases in the burn rates of these materials at high pressures.
Date: May 1, 1994
Creator: Behrens, R. Jr. & Bulusu, S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department