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Title: The mass spectra of volatile constituents in military explosives
Authors: Anderson, Duwayne M. (Duwayne Marlo), 1927-
Kistner, Frank B.
Schwarz, Maurice J.
Keywords: Explosives
Explosive ordinance disposal
Mass spectra
Mass spectroscopy
Mines (ordnance)
Powder (ordnance)
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Special report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 105.
Description: Special Report
Abstract: The mass spectra of the volatile constituents: of the military explosives: composition A-3, composition B, composition C-4, pressed TNT, and cast TNT were surveyed with a residual gas analyzer mass spectrometer. The vapor pressure of these explosives was too low for accurate measurement with the apparatus at hand but was: in the range 10^-6 to 10^-5 Torr. The mass spectra of the residual gases above these propellants after pumping down to about 10^-6 Torr are given as relative ion currents up to mass 100. Unresolved peaks up to 250 mass units were observed. The spectral signatures are sufficiently distinct to warrant further investigation and cataloguing for purposes of developing an explosive vapor detection device based on mass spectroscopy.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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