Tetrazene explosive

Tetrazene explosive

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IUPACName = 1-(5-tetrazolyl)-4-guanyl tetrazene hydrate
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Section1 = Chembox Identifiers
CASNo = 31330-63-9
PubChem = 5486788

Section2 = Chembox Properties
Formula = C2H6N10·H2O
MolarMass = 188.15 g/mol
Appearance = Pale yellow/colorless crystal plates
Density = 0.45 g/mol
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BoilingPt = Decomposes at 160 °C
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Section6 = Chembox Explosive
ShockSens = High
FrictionSens = High
ExplosiveV = ~4000 m/s
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Tetrazene (1-(5-tetrazolyl)-4-guanyl tetrazene hydrate) is an explosive material used for sensitization of the priming compositions. It is a derivative of the compound with the IUPAC name tetrazene.

Tetrazene is slightly more impact-sensitive than mercury fulminate. When pressed enough, its sensitivity is reduced or destroyed; it also decomposes in boiling water. In contact with fire, it readily explodes, producing large amount of black smoke. It is prepared by reacting sodium nitrite with an aminoguanidine salt dissolved in acetic acid at 30–40 °C.


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