Effects of Acid Digestion on the Peak Decomposition and Impact Sensitivity of Nitrocellulose

Report No. ARL-TR-5618
Authors: William M. Sherrill
Date/Pages: August 2011; 20 pages
Abstract: Cellulose obtained from commercially available cotton balls was acid digested with hydrochloric acid at various times and then nitrated with a nitrating acid mixture to produce acid-digested nitrocellulose. Samples of this material were analyzed to determine the effect, if any, of acid digestion on peak decomposition and sensitivity to impact when compared to an undigested sample of nitrocellulose produced from the same cellulose source.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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