the red of the dinitro compound to the yellow of the tetranitrodi-phenylamine. After all has been added, the temperature is raised to 80-90° and kept there for 2 hours longer while the stirring is continued. After the mixture has cooled, the product is filtered off directly, washed with water until free from acid, and dried in the air or in the oven at 100°.

Fifty grams of the tetranitrodiphenylamine is added slowly, with stirring, during an hour, to a mixture of 250 grams of nitric acid (d. 1.50) and 250 grams of sulfuric acid (d. 1.83). After all has been added, the mixture is allowed to stand for 3 hours at laboratory temperature, and is then drowned in ice water. The hexanitrodiphenylamine is filtered off, washed thoroughly with water, dried in the air, and recrystallized from acetone with the addition of petroleum ether.

Pure hexanitrodiphenylamine, small yellow needles, melts with decomposition at 243.0-244.5°. It is insoluble in chloroform, sparingly soluble in ether and in cold acetic acid, fairly soluble in alcohol, and readily soluble in cold acetone and in warm acetic and nitric acids.

Marshall reports minimum priming charges of fulminate-chlorate (90:10) necessary for the complete detonation of the indicated explosives to be as follows:


Hexanitrodiphenylamine 0.18

Tetryl 0.20

Tetranitroaniline 0.20

Trinitrotoluene 0.25

He found hexanitrodiphenylamine to be slightly less Sensitive in the drop test than tetryl and tetranitroaniline. When 1 pound of the explosive was loaded into a 3.5-inch cubical box of cardboard or tin and fired at with a U.S. Army rifle from a distance of 30 yards, hexanitrodiphenylamine gave no detonations in the cardboard boxes, and 7 detonations and 1 failure in tin; TNT gave no detonation in cardboard, fire and detonation in tin; and tetryl and tetranitroaniline gave detonations in every case with either kind of container. Marshall reported the velocity of detonation of hexanitrodiphenylamine to be 6898 meters per second at density 1.58, and 7150 meters per second at density 1.67. Pellets of the explosive, mixed with 1 per cent of stearic acid, compressed at 5000 pounds per square inch, had a density 1.43; at 10,000

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