RDX is a cost efficient, powerful high explosive produced in large industrial quantities. As a relatively insensitive, stable, and safe-to-handle energetic material, it is useful in a variety of applications -- both for military and civilian end products.
RDX consists of opaque/transparent crystals with typical crystal sizes ranging from less than 10 microns to more than 1000 microns. Its melting point is approximately 200 °C and its crystal density, 1.81 g/cm3. At maximum density, its detonation velocity is 8,700 m/s with a detonation pressure approximately 33 GPa. RDX is manufactured in the same process equipment as HMX.
RDX is manufactured as Type I and Type II, as well as Reduced Sensitivity-RDX (RS-RDX). Large Industrial scale manufacturing of RDX secures high redproducability and fit-for-purpose customized qualities. Our experienced staff can assist with reliable supplies to destinations in Europe and overseas.
We deliver RDX according to US Military Specification MIL-DTL-398, The German TL 1376-802, NATO STANAG 4022 or specific customer requirements.
We can deliver the following three basic qualities of RDX;
Crystal sizes and size distributions can be tailored to the most sophisticated customer demands. Micronized RDX (d50 approx 5µm) is produced in large quantities for propellant applications.
Table: RDX, crystal classes according to MIL-DTL-398
|Class 1||Class 2||Class 3||Class 4||Class 5||Class 6||Class 7||Class 8|
Tall: RDX med HMX < 3% Spesialklasser
|Opening [mm]||% through|
|Class 5||Class 7||Class 8|
For improved processability, we can deliver spheroidised crystals. Crystal morphology and the sensitivity can, within certain limits, be adapted to customer needs.
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We produce a broad spectrum of RDX based compositions adapted to customers’ production technology, sensitivity, and performance requirements.
Such compositions contain from 1 – 15 % by weight of binder material. Commonly used binders are different types of waxes, thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers, some of these with a plasticizer. Energetic binders are also available. The compositions are delivered in bulk as dry, free-flowing granules, adapted to different pressing techniques and equipment.
We deliver pressable compositions according to military specifications such as Comp A-3, HWC, and PBXW-17. We can also deliver according to specific customer requirements, and have in-house developed compositions such as DPX-1.
These compositions are based on TNT, or alternatively DNAN, as binder material for RDX. This product group is called Hexotols or Comp B, for military purposes. Viscosity, processing properties and composition can be adjusted by optimizing particle size and particle size distributions.
For these compositions, we can deliver different premixes where a plasticizer is used as a desensitizing agent for the RDX crystals. Typical plasticizers used are DOA, DOS and IDP, among others. We deliver standard compositions such as CXM-7 which is used in PBXN-109. We can also deliver RDX that is desensitized by energetic plasticizers.
We also produce RDX formulations with binder systems designed for extrusion. Examples are Comp C-4 and our in-house developed DPX-9 and DPX-10
Product name: RDX
Appearance: Colorless/Opaque crystals
Molecular weight: 222.13
Melting point: 190-205 °C
Density: 1.8 g/cm3
Detonation velocity: 8750 m/s
Detonation pressure: 338 kbar
Transport classification: 1.1D
UN-number: 0072, 0391, 0483
CAS no.: 121-82-4
REACH Reg No.:
EC no.: 204-500-1
Safety Data Sheet: Link RDX safety data sheet
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