L-142 Insensitive Explosive Materials: 1. 4,10-Dinitro-2,6,8,12-tetraoxo-4, 10-diazatetracyclo-[22.214.171.124,9.03,11]dodecane - TEX
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-[126.96.36.199,9.03,11]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.