Chemical Decomposition of Solid Cyclotrimethylene Trinitramine

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Quantum-chemical simulations of the thermal decomposition of solid RDX at the Hartree-Fock level are performed. It is shown that a rupture of the N-NO2 chemical bond requires less energy for an isolated molecule than for a molecule placed in the bulk of the solid. The situation changes if the molecule is close to the free surface of the crystal. In this case, less energy is required to break the bond, than for a bulk molecule. Mechanisms of solid RDX decomposition, the relevant experimental data, and possible applications of the obtained results are discussed in great detail.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Technical Proceedings of the 2001 International Conference on Computational Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Published: March 19, 2001
Pages: 73 - 76
Industry sector: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
Topics: Informatics, Modeling & Simulation
ISBN: 0-9708275-3-9