oa South African Journal of Chemistry - Thermal behaviour and detonation characterization of N-benzoyl-3,3-dinitroazetidine : research article

Volume 66, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4350



N-benzoyl-3,3-dinitroazetidine (BDNAZ) is a derivative of 3,3-dinitroazetidine (DNAZ). Its thermal behaviour was studied by DSC methods. The results show that there are one melting process and two exothermic decomposition processes. The kinetic parameters of the intense exothermic decomposition process were obtained from the analysis of the DSC curves. The apparent activation energy, pre-exponential factor and the mechanism function are 170.77 kJ mol-1, 1014.12 s-1 and (α) = (1-)-1/2, respectively. The specific heat capacity of BDNAZ was determined with a continuous mode of a micro-calorimeter. The standard mole specific heat capacity of BDNAZ was 286.31 J mol1 K-1 at 298.15 K. Using the relationship between and with the thermal decomposition parameters, the time of the thermal decomposition from initialization to thermal explosion (adiabatic time-to-explosion, ), the self-accelerating decomposition temperature (), thermal ignition temperature (), critical temperatures of thermal explosion () and period of validity () were obtained to evaluate its thermal safety. The detonation velocity () and pressure () of BDNAZ were estimated by using the nitrogen equivalent equation according to the experimental density.

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