At room temperatureit is very stable. As with any scientific endeavor, especially chemistry, the necessary safety precautions should be observed at all times. The second procedure is as follows: Place mL acetic anhydride in a mL beaker and add g powdered ammonium nitrate while stirring.
It burns rather than explodes. It doesn't tell you about the reactions involved. The actual chemical name is, although the chemical names are also used.
In the event the UK was unable to obtain sufficient RDX to meet its needs, some of the shortfall was met by substituting amatol , a mixture of ammonium nitrate and TNT. Army and Navy departments and part of the information handed over included details of the "Woolwich" method of manufacture of RDX and its stabilisation by mixing it with beeswax. You will need a graduated cylinder for measuring liquids, a stirring rod or magnetic stirrer for mixing, and a thermometer to monitor the temperature. The RDX can be purified by dissolving in the minimum amount of acetone then diluting with cold water. By April , RDX was being manufactured there. Name[ edit ] RDX is also known, but less commonly, as cyclonite, hexogen particularly in Russian, French, German and German-influenced languages , T4, and, chemically, as cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine. In the original Woolwich process, RDX was phlegmatized with beeswax, but later paraffin wax was used, based on the work carried out at Bruceton. At room temperature , it is very stable. Slowly add 75 g of methenamine in small portions to the acid while stirring. Soldiers were exposed to C-4 either due to inhaling the fumes, or due to ingestion, made possible by many small particles adhering to the knife having been deposited into the cooked food.
And honestly, that's not even a very good writeup about RDX. Depending on how the gods of chemistry feel about your reaction it may take from minutes to hours to fully precipitate all of the RDX.
Slowly add 75 g of methenamine in small portions to the acid while stirring. Filter the mixture to collect the crystals of RDX that should have formed. Name[ edit ] RDX is also known, but less commonly, as cyclonite, hexogen particularly in Russian, French, German and German-influenced languagesT4, and, chemically, as cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine.
It is obtained by treating hexamine with white fuming nitric acid. Very slowly add 38 g of paraformaldehyde to the beaker, this addition will release toxic and flammable fumes, use a fume hood or go to an open area. You will need a graduated cylinder for measuring liquids, a stirring rod or magnetic stirrer for mixing, and a thermometer to monitor the temperature. This property makes it a useful military explosive. Army Ordnance, at Blandy's request, built a plant that copied the equipment and process used at Woolwich. Furthermore, there may be certain omissions of physical properties, reaction conditions, necessary equipment, storage and handling requirements, and critical safety data. At least one fatality was attributed to RDX toxicity in a European munitions manufacturing plant.
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