Impact of TNT Storage Time on Its Physicochemical and Explosives Properties

Impact of TNT Storage Time on Its Physicochemical and Explosives Properties

DYLONG Agnieszka, DYSZ Karolina and KUBECKI Adam

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Abstract. The Polish Armed Forces have very sizable stocks of explosive ordnance, of which some have exceeded the allowable service life. From the point of view of ageing and acceptable ways of disposal, some high explosives cannot be used if they have been stored for years. That is why studies are performed on the safety of utilizing such kinds of explosive ordnance. During the storage period, high explosives’ physical and chemical parameters deteriorate. For example, the sensitivity of such materials increases, resulting in them becoming dangerous. Therefore, diagnostic tests to determine the quality of high explosives for further use (extending the exploitation period or referral for disposal) are conducted. The main goal of this work was to compare how the effect of the ageing process impacts the physical and chemical properties of high explosives and those containing 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene in particular. Many factors effectuate the quality of the stored high explosives, e.g. acidity, melting point, decomposition temperature, friction- and impact sensitivity. The authors investigated high explosives from selected mines produced in different periods and compared these results with those obtained from testing mines of previous years.

TNT, High Explosives, BAM, Friction Sensitivity, Impact Sensitivity, Melting Point, Decomposition Temperature

Published online 7/20/2022, 6 pages
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Citation: DYLONG Agnieszka, DYSZ Karolina and KUBECKI Adam, Impact of TNT Storage Time on Its Physicochemical and Explosives Properties, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 24, pp 142-147, 2022


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