L-142 Insensitive Explosive Materials: 1. 4,10-Dinitro-2,6,8,12-tetraoxo-4, 10-di­azatetracyclo-[,9.03,11]dodecane - TEX

March 2008
Dr Ernst-Christian Koch (Energetic Materials)

The present paper is a review of the open literature on the synthesis, performance and sen­sitivity properties of the insensitive explosive 4,10-dinitro-2,6,8,12-tetraoxo-4,10-di­azatetra­cyclo-[,9.03,11]dodecane most often conveniently referred to as TEX. The title com­pound offers both high density (TMD = 1.99 g cm-3), high detonation pressure (PCJ = 31.4 GPa) and high detonation velocity (VCJ = 8160 m s-1) as well as reasonably low sensi­tivity towards impact, friction and shock initiation. 57 references to the public domain are given.