The same reaction occurs at lower temperatures: 0.665% of a given portion of the material decomposes in 3 years at 20°, 2.437o in 1 year at 35°, 0.65%« in 10 days at 50°, and 100% during 14 hours heating at 100°. The decomposition is not self-catalyzed. The product, hexanitrosobenzene, m.p. 159°, is stable, not hygroscopic, not a primary explosive, and is comparable to tetryl in its explosive properties.
Trinitrotriazidobenzene, if ignited in the open, burns freely with a greenish flame; enclosed in a tube and ignited, it detonates with great brisance. It is less sensitive to shock and to friction than mercury fulminate. It gives a drop test of 30 cm., but it may be made as sensitive as fulminate by mixing with ground glass. The specific gravity of the crystalline material is 1.8054. Under a pressure of 3000 kilograms per square centimeter it yields blocks having a density of 1.7509, under 5000 kilograms per square centimeter 1.7526. One gram of TNT compressed in a No. 8 detonator shell under a pressure of 500 kilograms per square centimeter, with trinitrotriazidobenzene compressed on top of it under 300 kilograms per square centimeter, required 0.02 gram of the latter substance for complete detonation. Tetryl under similar conditions required only 0.(|1 gram. Tri-
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