HP-DSC study of energetic materials. Part I. Overview of pressure influence on thermal behavior

Nikita V. Muravyev, Konstantin A. Monogarov, Anatoly A. Bragin, Igor V. Fomenkov, Alla N. Pivkina

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High pressure differential scanning calorimetry (HP-DSC) has been used to study thermal decomposition of energetic materials, i.e., trinitrotoluene, cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine, and ammonium dinitramide. HP-DSC runs have been performed in the range of 0.1-14 MPa both in inert and oxidative environments to determine the effect of pressure on vaporization/dissociation, melting, and decomposition processes. Results reveal that the melting point linearly increase with pressure with the slope 0.12-0.15 °C/MPa. Decomposition pathways and DSC effects are highly affected by pressure, as evaluated by changes in the peak temperature, reaction heat effect, and kinetic parameters. Activation energy and pre-exponential factor values were defined for separated decomposition stages of compounds, and found to vary with pressure. Vaporization/dissociation of starting material along with secondary reactions are proposed to be the main processes affected by pressure. Obtained results reveal that HP-DSC technique is useful in determining kinetic parameters and heat effect under elevated pressures, where energetic materials are usually applied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalThermochimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Ammonium dinitramide
  • Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine
  • Decomposition heat effect
  • Energetic materials
  • High pressure DSC
  • Isoconversional kinetics
  • Trinitrotoluene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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