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Synthesis of fine-grained TATB

United States Patent

April 15, 2003
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A method for producing fine-grained triamino-trinitrobenzene (TATB) powders having improved detonation-spreading performance and hence increased shock sensitivity when compared with that for ultrafine TATB is described. A single-step, sonochemical amination of trichloro-trinitrobenzene using ammonium hydroxide solution in a sealed vessel yields TATB having approximately 6 .mu.m median particle diameter and increased shock sensitivity.
Lee; Kien-Yin (Santa Fe, NM), Kennedy; James E. (Santa Fe, NM)
The Regents of the University of California (Los Alamos, NM)
09/ 811,044
March 15, 2001
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERAL RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to The Regents of The University of California. The government has certain rights in the invention.