Science and Technology of Energetic Materials

Vol.67, No.4 (2006)

Research paper

Sensitization of PETN by Oxalic acid - A DSC study
E. Suresh Babu, Sukhminder Kaur, Rakesh Mohan Sharma, and K. P. Sudhakaran Kartha


Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) is a commonly used secondary high explosive in various industrial and military munitions. The stability and chemical compatibility plays a vital role in use of this explosive material. Earlier studies show the presence of other compounds effect the thermal stability of high energetic materials. The present work is aimed at studying the changes in decomposition pattern of PETN in presence of Oxalic acid (OA). Results provide clue about the manner in which the decomposition takes place and the nature of intermediate products that are being formed during the course of decomposition.

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Chemical compatibility, Thermal decomposition, Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), Oxalic acid.

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