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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Some answers...: "RDX (Hexogen)
RDX is also known as Hexogen, Cyclonite and Cyclotri-methylene Trinitramine. This explosive compound has an extremely low volatility. It is a white solid with a density of 1.806 g/cc and nitrogen content of 37.84%. Military grade RDX is offered in accordance with MIL-R-398C.

Pure RDX is used in press-loaded projectiles. Cast loading is accomplished by blending RDX with a relatively low melting point substance. RDX is also used as a base charge in detonators and in blasting caps.
Compositions in which RDX is melted with wax are called Composition A (see details below).
Compositions in which RDX is mixed with TNT are called Composition B (see details below).
Compositions in which RDX is blended with a non-explosive plasticizer are called Composition C (see details below).
IPI also offers a specific grade of RDX containing 1% desensitizing wax and 0.5% graphite for the oil drilling industry. This grade of RDX is used to produce shaped charges such as open-faced perforators and encapsulated perforators. It may also be used in boosters and explosive cartridges.
HMX (Octogen)
HMX is also known as Octogen. This explosive compound is a white, crystalline solid with a nitrogen content of 37.84%. Military grade HMX is offered in accordance with MIL-H-45444B.
HMX is used as an explosive charge when desensitized, as a booster charge in mixtures with TNT (octols), and as an oxidizer in solid rocket and gun propellants.
Two grades of HMX are used for military applications:
Grade A has a minimum purity of 93% and a 7% maximum RDX content.
Grade B has a minimum purity of 98% and a 2% maximum RDX content.
IPI also offers an ultra high purity grade of HMX containing 99.8% minimum HMX. This grade is primarily used in the manufacturing of perforators for the oil "

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